This is one of the two weeks in the year where excitement levels are crazily high. It is one of the two weeks of the year which is the build up to ‘Theatre Club’. This is a little tradition to ensure that a friend and I will always catch up at least twice a year (as it is so easy for busy lives and distance to throw up obstacles).
The only rules to ‘Theatre Club’ are it needs to take place as close to our birthdays as possible (sometimes easier said than done), a good pre-theatre lunch is a must and a show is booked as a surprise. The final rule is always my favourite as it is such a joy to see the excitement at the big reveal or to be the one who can not wait to find out what the delight of the afternoon is going to be. There have never really been any rules about the shows that have to be booked but it seems that musicals are the winners. After all, they are a perfect girly treat!
Although, it can not yet be revealed what the show will be this weekend, here are 5 of the shows that have made it into ‘Theatre Club’:
- Guys and Dolls – The rendition of ‘Sit Down You’re Rockin’ The Boat‘ blew the audience out of the water.
- Funny Girl – Sheridan Smith really did shine as the star of the show.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – A dream for any Roald Dahl fan and chocolate lover.
- Once – Such a charming story of struggling musicians set in Dublin.
- Singin’ in the Rain – Nothing more to say other than a timeless classic.
So, how are you going to get out there and make more memories?
Book 4 of a #ayearinbooks2017
The best thing about picking up a book by Cecelia Ahern is that it is like stepping into a fairy tale for adults. There is always a collection of colourful characters and a few subplots that intertwine seamlessly into the main story.
Laura ‘Lyrebird’ is a lovely character to follow on her journey of self-discovery. The story takes her from her the quiet Irish countryside to the lively city lifestyle of Dublin, and her talent for mimicry throws her into the difficult celebrity spotlight. It is quite a roller coaster, but along the way she influences the lives of the many that she meets and they too end up on a road of self-discovery…
It is a heartwarming tale and a perfect piece of escapism on these winter evenings of early 2017.
Now, what to read next?
Over Christmas, you may have caught ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’ on BBC One – and, if you did, you probably had an attack of the giggles. Well, ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ also causes uncontrollable laughter. The ‘play’ starts even before the curtain goes up as the ‘cast’ have various situations to deal with that are probably a nightmare for anyone trying to put on a slick, professional production. The inspiration for the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’s ‘Murder at Haversham Manor’ is clearly Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’. It represents all the romantic imagery of those classic stories but the ‘cast’ encounter such a collection of mishaps along the way that the audience are rolling in the aisles with laughter. The farce is thick and fast but never disappoints. A little like ‘The Mousetrap’, the ‘story’ and ‘mishaps’ really should not be shared and only experienced at the theatre. So, if you are up for a wonderfully ‘acted’ play, catch ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ on its national tour – it will not disappoint.
There is not a more wonderful name for a book as January blues may be taking hold. This is a charming little book, published earlier this month, which perfectly showcases the work of Chris Riddell. An incredibly talented artist and illustrator, he has brought together 100 hugs that will bring a smile to your face. These little beauties are interspersed with some lovely quotes from literature and its great figures (could there be anything better for a Bookworm?) A favourite: ‘Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary’ – Oscar Wilde, opposite a wonderful little drawing of hugging pirates. Although, picking an ultimate favourite is difficult as everything about this book will bring a smile to your face.
So…if you’re ever in need of a little cheering up, this is the book for you!
Bookworm really struggles with reaching decisions – just loves books far too much!
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Riddell
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
- The Illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay
- The Return of the Young Prince by A G Roemmers
- After You by Jojo Moyes
There were so many though the list could have gone on…
In no particular order here are Theatre Mouse‘s favourite shows of 2016:
- Kinky Boots – The Musical at The Adelphi Theatre, London.
- Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon.
- The Merry Wives of Windsor at Bard on the Beach, Vancouver, BC.
- Sleeping Beauty at The Birmingham Hippodrome.
- Showboat at New London Theatre, London.
What adventures will Theatre Mouse have in the coming year?