A Priceless Experience: Going backstage at Half A Sixpence.

MasterCard Priceless is a company that offers incredible experiences to MasterCard users, and whilst I have followed the company for a while, looking at what they had on offer, this was the first time that I have booked for an event with them. And it was an event that I simply could not miss. It took a lot of planning, including a worrying wait to see if I could get the day off of work, and it didn’t come cheap including the hotel and the train, but it was so incredibly worth it. Because with this event, I was able to go back stage at my favourite ever show… Half A Sixpence.

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When the Play Goes Wrong, the comedy is oh so right!

Since opening at London's Duchess Theatre in 2014, Mischief Theatre's The Play That Goes Wrong has gone from strength to strength in the West End, quickly becoming one of the most popular on stage comedies in recent years. The show has gone on to receive a number of awards, including the Olivier and What's on Stage awards for best new comedy and the Broadway World Award for best new play. It has also recently made the big move to Broadway. With the main idea of the show being a play inside a play as the audience is invited to enjoy a performance by the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, the comedy only grows and grows as more begins to go horribly wrong for the cast and crew of 'Murder at Havisham Manor'. Continue reading

School Of Rock – The adults create the story, but it is the kids who steal the show

If there was one way that Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber could really show off his belief that music and that learning to play a musical instrument can be life changing for children, it is by making a musical of the 2003 hit movie ‘The School Of Rock’. In the movie, the children of Horace Green are given rock instruments by a stand in teacher and suddenly discover all of this talent and potential that they may not have realised they had before. Playing their instruments gives them the confidence to be who they really are and stand up to their pushy parents. The whole idea that music as a whole can have a huge impact on children’s lives is brought to life by the cast of children playing their rock instruments live on stage every performance.

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It’s time to say farewell to The Girls – but not for long

For the last few months, it has been hard to miss the Phoenix Theatre as you take a stroll down Charing Cross Road. A literal ray of sunshine even on the darkest day, covered in beautiful sunflowers and flickering lights, grabbing your attention as you pass. The theatre has been playing host to The Girls, a musical based on the true story of the calendar girls, a group of women of the WI who stripped off for a charity calendar after one of their husbands sadly passes away from cancer. From the musical theatre team of Gary Barlow and David Pugh, The Girls seemed to fit perfectly into the West End since it opened in January, but this weekend sees the show close sooner than expected.

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Motown The Musical – Great music, good story but not without it’s issues.

Having opened to critical acclaim at the Shaftesbury Theatre last February, Broadway hit Motown the Musical has had audiences dancing in the street as they leave the theatre for some time now, and I decided that it was finally time for me to go and see what all the fuss was about. Telling the story of the owner of Motown Records and his best known signing Diana Ross, I had heard so many good things, and whilst I did thoroughly enjoy the show, I can’t say that it met with all of my expectations.

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Long may the revolution reign on, stronger still.

It’s one of the big ones. One of the big shows that comes to mind when you think of the West End. Les Miserables has been running in London for nearly 32 years now, and it is still as popular as ever. Its a story of love and friendship at its heart, a battle for power and the surge of revolution, fighting for a better life. With it’s sweeping score complete with some of the most famous songs in musical theatre songs, it is no surprise that Les Miserables is still standing strong in the West End and has gone on from London to take the world by storm.

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