Alongside the score and the book, a show’s cast are a big part of the excitement of the theatre-going experience. Famous names (from both stage and screen) will always draw in the crowds, while established West End performers bring their fan bases with them from show to show and talented newcomers attract new people to form one. A cast change is always big news in theatre circles. Yesterday, social networking sites were abuzz with talk following the cast announcement regarding the role of … [Read more...]
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Unfortunately, as a result of ongoing social distancing restrictions due to the Covid pandemic, performances at UK venues have been suspended until 17th May 2021.
The question of the relevance of the theatre critic in this current climate is one which has been much debated recently – I’ve written on the subject myself. All too often, the opinion of the critics seem to be at odds with the general consensus of the theatre-going public, as they savage a production which then turns out to be a huge hit in terms of audience numbers/ticket sales. When Rock of Ages opened, it received some pretty dismal reviews from some well-respected (and some not so … [Read more...]
Christmas, as much fun it can be, is inevitably an expensive time of year: presents for the kids; buying in food and drink, or perhaps even going away for a yuletide break if you’re lucky enough – it all adds up and leaves a big hole in your pocket. Fast forward a month or so though and the next pay cheque has come in and suddenly you have a little money back in that pocket and are ready to start spending it again. So it’s the perfect time to organise a cabaret! There are a number of musical … [Read more...]
Cast recordings are a big part of the merchandising market in the theatre industry; perhaps the biggest part. Some people buy the album of a musical as a means of deciding whether they want to go to see the actual show. Others rush out to buy it the second they’ve seen a musical they loved. They make great gifts and keepsakes and are an effective means of promoting a show – not to mention making a mint of money – yet, there is a great gaping gap in this market that, frankly, I’m surprised isn’t … [Read more...]
There have been a number of articles written on the subject of social networking and how useful a tool it can be in the publicity game – I wrote a blog on it myself recently, looking at the pros and cons of utilising sites such as Twitter in the theatre industry for the purpose of promotion/ interaction. My general consensus was that its benefits outweigh the negative aspects – providing it’s used in the right way. The key word in social networking is the word ‘social’. It carries varied … [Read more...]