Don’t ban phones; ban the disrespectful people using them

This week we’ve seen a lot of discussion over banning phones in theatres, sparked by a single case at a performance of Athol Fugard’s Statements, but this happens more often than you think. Whether it is illegal recordings or disruptive phone calls, there’s nothing new about hearing a tale of…

FFBOS presents Honk! The Ugly Duckling Musical

I’m always thrilled to see something different when it comes to theatre so it was great to be invited to review Finchley and Friern Barnet Operatic Society’s (twitter: @FFBOS) production of Honk. With music by George Styles and book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe, the musical tells the classic story…

#FF Bargain Ticket Tweeters

It is really worth the time keeping on top of theatre ticket deals for the West End. I managed to get two £10 tickets for top price seats to Spamalot this evening, a saving of more than £100. I spotted the flash sale by Love Theatre on their Twitter feed and jumped…

Dennis Kelly: Matilda the Musical? A risk only subsidised theatre …

No one in the commercial sector would have backed a Roald Dahl musical by Tim Minchin and me. If arts cuts continue, we’re likely to damage UK theatre’s international success, writes Dennis Kelly I stumbled across this really interesting Guardian article through Twitter about the success of the Royal Shakespeare…

Happy Days: A News Musical with Old Mistakes

Now I’m not usually the kind of person who walks into a theatre simply expecting a good show, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping for something pretty good when I sat down at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, to watch Happy Days: A New Musical. As an…