I missed another day because of a migraine. I’m going to forgive myself, I hope you enjoyed the peace and quiet!
So today I’m going to talk about my trips to the theatre this year and trips I hope to take because I’ve really got in to theatre this year, I always enjoyed going to see something or other but I’ve actively tried to go see different things this year and I’ve loved it. Not many people realise that I’m a complete theatre nerd, but along with tea I think theatre goes hand in hand with reading books.
My local theatre used to be pretty poor when it came to touring productions, now it’s attracting a LOT of shows on tour which I’m so grateful for. It only started showing things after Les Mis sold out two weeks and the West End realised that people in Norfolk do want to see shows and the like. It’s a relatively small theatre which limits a lot of the shows we get but what it does get is usually fantastic. Anyway, what I have seen this year is a bit eclectic actually.
I’ve seen a mix of things in the last year. I took my grandmother to see her first musical – we went to see Jersey Boys in July. It was absolutely incredible and has really made me fall in love with Frankie Valli, the soundtrack and the greatest hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were the soundtrack to my Summer. I really want to see it again. I wish there were tickets available the week it was here because I would have honestly paid an arm and a leg to see it again. If you have a chance to see it I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. The music is fabulous. I’d love to go see it in the west end, but will be keeping an eye on it going on tour again I think!
I also saw my first ‘straight’ plays this year. I went to see Kneehigh’s adaptation of Rebecca which was absolutely incredible. I think the tour has sadly ended now but I really hope they go out with it again because the take on it was wonderful. A small cast really worked for this, as did the sea shanties. It was a bit of a weird take on it initially, it really shocked me, but I loved it. The show stealer was the original character in the form of the hall boy Robert. I really want to see what else they do so I’ll be keeping an eye out for anything that the company do in future because their take on my favourite book was pretty damn impressive.
My sister then dragged me (quite voluntarily) to An Inspector Calls which I missed out on at school. Most schools around here study it at GCSE so going to see it is a right of passage! My sister wanted to go see it so I went with her and I have to say it was pretty damn good. I’d watched the TV adaptation with David Thewlis (which is incredible also) so I wasn’t really surprised with the plot but damn. It was fabulous.
Something that surprised even me is I recently went to see the ballet. I am by no means a dancer, I have no coordination, I never danced even as a child so this was a weird thing I wanted to go see. But I adored it. I went to see the Northern Ballet’s Nutcracker and, honestly, I’m sold. It was one of the things on my list of things I wanted to do before I was 25 and, as I’m now 22 that age is quickly approaching! I went to see this on my Birthday Eve with my grandparents (who love the ballet) and it was perfect. I’ve since bought the book to read because the story was just incredible and I want to go see it again next year. If you’ve never been to a ballet, I’d seriously suggest you try it at least once. It’s not as expensive as people imagine it to be and the music is lovely and the dancing is incredible. It’s a fantastic night out!
As for things I’m seeing next year, I so far have Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Hairspray 2016 pencilled in. I’ve seen Hairspray on tour two times already so I’m very excited to see it again! I’m also planning to go see Sarah Millican in August.
Things I would love to see next year… Funds permitting I’ll maybe go see Mary Poppins. I’m hoping Avenue Q and Rocky Horror will find their way here too! I may go and see another ballet as Swan Lake is coming here too. I’d also love to see an opera. Yep, another thing on my before 25 bucket list. I’m thinking maybe Carmen, mainly because I like the overture…
I’d love to see Wicked in the West End. That’s one I would absolutely love to see.
What type of theatre do you love? Are you a fan of musicals? If yes, what do you love, I’d love to hear some recommendations!