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A Sunday in West End LIVE 2015

WEL 2015

Sunday at West End LIVE 2015 was a really warm day, sunny, I had to wear my sunglasses most of the time and I was closer to the stage. Everything started one hour later, so I could sleep a bit more. I got early there anyway but there were less people. I think that everybody is excited on Saturday, with all the important shows of West End, but I also think that on Sunday are good performances, you can be surprised too. I enjoyed it really much.

On Sunday they improved the camera crane, probably because some people would complain, I don’t know. The camera was moving faster and taking more shots of the crowd. That’s a better idea, because it can restrict your views for a second, but then it moves so you can keep watching without any problem. Next year could be fine if it’s made like that. But it’s true that I think that it’s not necessary for the kind of event it is. But it’s fine.

What's It All About WEL

The Lion King WELThe day started with ‘What’s It All About?’ and I think it was a great start. The music was catchy and the performances were amazing. It’s a show that will be seen at the Menier Chocolate Factory this summer. I definitely would like to see it. It’s coming from Broadway, with music by Burt Bacharach, so hopefully it will be a success. Then, ‘The Lion King’ was on the stage, but it was a bit disappointing that only performed ‘Shadowland’. I think that this show has lots of tunes and hits, so they could choose some more. But at least was something. It’s a great show that can be seen at the Lyceum Theatre, celebrating 15 years of success.

 

The Commitments Sunday WEL

Matilda Sunday WELThe Commitments’ came back to the stage to perform the same medley like the day before. I like it very much, it completely changes your mood, makes you feel happy and have fun. All the public was enjoying it so much too. Then, it was the turn of ‘Matilda’ and performed ‘Naughty’ again. As I said, it’s a bit disappointing too, because they could change a little bit, Matilda has more solos, like ‘Quiet’, which is so cute and moving that all the people would enjoy it too.

Billy Elliot Sunday WELThe musical ‘Billy Elliot’ performed once again, but this time, Bradley Perret performed ‘Electricity’. As you must know, is one of the most important and popular songs on the show, and it’s always great to see it. Billy is doing the audition and he is asked what does he feels when he dances. So he is transformed with dancing, his passion.

Memphis Sunday WELThen, ‘Memphis’ came back to Trafalgar Square. It was the time to present the new cast. I’m sure you know that Killian Donnelly is leaving the show to join the new cast of ‘Kinky Boots’ at the Adelphi Theatre. So, Matt Cardle will take his role in ‘Memphis’. He is a British singer who became popular for being on the X Factor. He did a great job singing ‘Memphis Lives In Me’.

Jersey Boys WEL 2Later, the musical ‘Jersey Boys’ came back again to perform. They did the same song medley like Saturday and I must recognise that I sung as well. I like it very much, but I feel like they are cheating, because then you watch the show and they don’t have more good songs. But I guess that it has their audience, I’m sure that lots of people enjoy it, otherwise it wouldn’t be performing every night after so many years.

John Owen-Jones WELCarmen WELI was so impressed by ‘Carmen’, an opera by Georges Bizet that could be seen at the Coliseum Theatre, at the English National Opera. And then, the greatest surprise of the day, John Owen-Jones performed a few songs. The show ‘Dusty’ was supposed to be there, but for some reason they cancelled it, so he came to sing a few songs. I loved his cover of ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’, by Conchita Wurst, the song that won last Eurovision Song Contest and, of course, ‘Bring Him Home’ from ‘Les Misérables’.

Let It Be WELThe show ‘Let It Be’, with songs from The Beatles participated too on Sunday. For me, it was the most boring part of the day, because I don’t really like the songs, but most of the people knew all of them and they were singing too. Maybe it’s too British for me, sorry! Like ‘Briefs’ a show that can be seen this summer at the Southbank Centre, which was kind of surprising and shocking, but it wasn’t that bad. It’s just that probably it’s not my cup of tea.

West End Masterclass WELI was amazed again with all the kids and the different schools. All those students will be the stars of the shows in London and UK. I specially remember the ‘West End Masterclass’ with a medley dedicated to the musical ‘Hairspray’. These kids are amazing, because they must have the best teachers in the UK.

Like Saturday, the show ‘American Idiot’ performed the same songs, because they just started the rehearsals, so they don’t have more songs to show. The cast is formed by Steve Rushton and Amelia Lily, a famous singer who appeared in X Factor but since then she has been playing musicals. I can’t wait to see this show, I booked my ticket already, because my brother loves Green Day, so in my youth I used to listen the ‘American Idiot’ album at home. So, it’s kind of part of me too.

Avenue Q WELThen, ‘Avenue Q’ was on the stage too, performing a good medley, with some of the best songs that aren’t that popular from the show, like ‘For Now’ and ‘Schadenfreude’. I saw this production at the Greenwich Theatre last year, but it’s now on tour across UK and will be back in London next year at the Wimbledon New Theatre.

The event was almost over, but one of the most performances of the weekend was waiting. It was the ‘West End Cabaret’, a medley of songs of British musical theatre with some of the stars of UK. Ben Stock was the musical director (what a talented and funny guy!) and the songs were decided by popular vote on Twitter. The stars Kim Criswell, Louise Dearman, Mark Evans and Caroline Sheen performed all the songs. It was a bit disappointing for me that they didn’t present the song, the musical or the story. I didn’t recognise most of them and some were really good, I would like to hear them again. The surprise was the meeting of the original cast of ‘Rock Of Ages’, they performed ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ with the entire crowd singing and shouting the lyrics with them. It was awesome.

Lord Of Dance WELLord Of Dance Girls WELThe last performance of the day was ‘Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Game’. It was such a beautiful dancing, a great way to end West End LIVE 2015. I feel nostalgic already, I miss it so much, because I enjoyed it a lot. I want to keep it in my memory forever, because it was a special weekend, full of emotions and musical theatre. I’ll be back, I promise that I won’t miss this event because as a musical theatre fan, it’s such a wonderful experience.

Thank you West End LIVE, see you next year!

Thank you West End LIVE, see you next year!

Cesar

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A Saturday in West End LIVE 2015

WEL 2015

West End LIVE 2015 is history. I have a mixture of sadness and joy for all the emotions shared in Trafalgar Square during the weekend. It’s a unique theatrical experience that I’m very glad to enjoy for a second year. After this amazing weekend, I will remember forever all the performances, the surprises, the songs, the great voices, the passion in the crowd and the applauses. Now, I can’t wait for next year edition of the festival, which sure will be better year after year.

Let’s start by Saturday. It was the most exciting day, with lots of performances from the biggest shows in London. I was in the queue from 8 o’clock because I wanted to be close to the stage and don’t miss any detail. I wasn’t disappointed by any; all of the performances were great. While I was waiting in the queue, the girls from ‘Billy Elliot’ were very close to me, because they wanted to see the rest of performances too. When it was their turn to be on stage, the mothers were shouting and encouraging them. I think it was so cute.

 

The Commitments WELThe day started with ‘The Commitments’, a show that is playing in the Palace Theatre but sadly will close on the 1st November. To be honest, I think it’s the best way to start the day, because they inject a lot of adrenaline and good mood with their songs from the very beginning, so you are happy from 11 o’clock. I’m not sure it’s a show that I will see before they close, because I’m not a big fan of jukebox musicals, but I enjoyed their performance so much, it was great.

 

Billy Elliot WEL

Billy Elliot WELThen it’s time for big musicals. ‘Billy Elliot’ is the first one to open this section, celebrating this year its 10 anniversary at the Apollo Theatre. In this case, there was Ollie Jochim as Billy and Todd Bell as Michael. They did a very nice medley with lots of dancers girls. It was very nice to see, these guys are amazing, it’s unbelievable how great talented they are being so young. For sure they will be stars of the West End in the future.

 

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory WELAfter that came ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, a musical that is playing at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane that I’m really looking forward to see, especially after their show in West End LIVE 2015. Last year they performed ‘Pure Imagination’ with great effects on the screen on their back. But this year they chose a song with Augustus Gloop, one of my favourite characters from the book. It was really funny and colourful, so definitely I will get some tickets as soon as I can.

 

Can you see Elphaba?

Can you see Elphaba?

The biggest surprise of the day was with ‘Wicked’, a show that you can see at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. The presenters announced that they weren’t performing on the stage. I got disappointed at the beginning thinking: ‘Oh, no! No ‘Wicked’ this year?’. But don’t worry, Emma Hatton, who is playing Elphaba now, was at the balcony of the building next to Trafalgar Square, the Canada House. It was very original and stunning, of course she performed ‘Defying Gravity’.

 

Sunny Afternoon WELThe winner of this year’s Olivier Awards came after. ‘Sunny Afternoon’ is playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre. It’s a jukebox with songs from the British band The Kinks, which I’m not very familiar with. So they did it very well, but I don’t know any of their songs, so it was kind of boring for me. But I’m sure it’s a good show, because they won the MasterCard Best New Musical and John Dagleish won the award for the Best Actor and George Maguire the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical.

 

Memphis 2 WEL

Memphis WELThen it was ‘Memphis’ turn. It’s a show that you can see at the Shaftesbury Theatre until October, when it’s closing. Beverly Knight, then, will play Grizabella in the ‘Cats’ comeback. She performed ‘Colored Woman’ and all the fans of the show on the front row (and everybody on Trafalgar Square, actually) were delighted for her voice range. She is amazing, like all the cast of the show. You must get your ticket before it closes soon. After that, Killian Donnelly performed ‘The Music Of My Soul’. He is leaving the show soon, to join the cast of ‘Kinky Boots’ at the Adelphi Theatre. Finally, everybody performed ‘Steal your Rock ‘N’ Roll’. I love this show so much.

 

Matilda WELMatilda’ joined the stage after ‘Memphis’. It’s a musical that has been running at the Cambridge Theatre for almost for years already. It’s a wonderful and very emotional show that I truly recommend to see if possible. Like Sunday, they performed ‘Naughty’. I think it’s quite disappointing, because they have lots of songs they can show. I understand that maybe it’s better to make Matilda perform all alone and not the whole cast, but she has another solo, ‘Quiet’, which is great too. But I think that ‘Naughty’ has lot of humour sense, that’s why they chose that one.

 

Miss Saigon 2 WEL

Miss Saigon camera WELThe Cameron Mackintosh productions came to the stage one after another. First, ‘Miss Saigon’, a brilliant show that you can see in the Prince Edward Theatre. It was the same performance like last year, but I enjoyed it anyway. This year, they presented the new cast. They started with ‘Bui Doi’ and then Kim, Eva Noblezada, and the new Chris, Chris Peluso, performed ‘The Last Night Of The World’. Then, ‘This Is The Hour’ with the whole cast. It was stunning. This year, the organizers of West End LIVE decided to use a camera crane so they can show on the screens how the crowd was enjoying the performances. But also, they were catching part of the performances on the stage. I was very close to it, but during ‘The Last Night Of The World’ I couldn’t see anything because of it. It was just there, standing, filming. That was wrong, this camera should have been moving all the time so everybody can see. It’s a live event, is not televised, so the cameras shouldn’t be a priority.

 

Phantom WELThen was the turn of ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’, a musical that is playing every night at Her Majesty’s Theatre. I was lucky to catch them doing the sound rehearsals on Friday, but I enjoyed the two songs on Saturday too. They sung ‘The Music Of The Night’ and ‘Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again’. I loved the effects; on the screen there were pictures of the Phantom’s cave and the cemetery. I think that everybody loves this show, so their performance was great and very enjoyable. They never disappoint.

 

Les Misérables 3 WEL

Les Misérables 2 WELAfter that, ‘Les Misérables’ came to stage. This show is celebrating their 30’s anniversary at the Queen’s Theatre. It was the best performance of the day by far, because the crowd was so passionate and there was like a great connection with all the cast and the public. When they announced that ‘Les Misérables’ was about to perform, lot of people were shouting ‘Carrie!!!!’. Carrie Hope Fletcher is a famous youtuber who plays Eponine on the show and she also has published a book, so look for her because she is a very young and talented girl that is becoming very popular in the UK. The performance started with ‘I Dreamed A Dream’. It was the best way to present Rachelle Ann Goo as Fantine, who just joined the company the same week. I love her, she is great, I fell in love with her after discovering her in ‘Miss Saigon’ as Gigi. Then ‘Bring Him Home’ by Peter Lockyer and finally all the cast performed ‘One Day More’. The entire crowd was singing and shouting the lyrics with them. I have goosebumps if I think about it, it was one of the most beautiful connections and experience in theatre I’ve ever been.

 

Beautiful WELThe musical ‘Beautiful’ performed after that. It’s a show that you can see at the Aldwych Theatre. I’m always looking for tickets but I think that they are very expensive so I can’t afford it, but I really want to see it someday soon. I enjoyed very much the medley they prepared. First a group of girls sung ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ and then the boys ‘On Broadway’. The ending was ‘Beautiful’; a song that I love, I think is very positive and catchy, and ‘I Feel The Earth Move’ with the entire cast. I must recognise that most of the songs are familiar to me, but I don’t know Carole King at all and her story. That’s why I’m really looking forward to see the show!

 

Mamma Mia WELMamma Mia’ is a show with songs by ABBA that you can see at the Novello Theatre. They prepared a medley with some of the most popular songs from the show like ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Waterloo’. I was very impressed with the choreographies, everybody was dancing like crazy, doing lots of moves. I love the movie so much, but I don’t think I’ll pay to watch it on stage. Basically because I watched it already in Spain, with the Spanish Cast, and because in my personal opinion, I prefer another kind of musical, that moves me more than this one, that makes me think and feel emotions with original songs. But ‘Mamma Mia‘ it’s great anyway, it’s a fun night, and I completely understand and respect the huge amount of people who love it.

 

Jersey Boys WELThe ‘Jersey Boys’ is a show about the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at the Piccadilly Theatre. As you must know, it’s a show that I didn’t like too much, but the performance in West End LIVE 2015 was fantastic. Like last year, they perform some of the best hits of the show like ‘Walk Like A Man’, ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘Sherry’, ‘Oh What A Night’ or ‘My Boyfriend Is Back’. Definitely, they choose the best songs, the most popular ones so you can dance and have fun, but then the show is disappointing. Anyway, I was singing with them.

 

Shrek WELOnce the most important shows in West End finished their performance, it came like a kind of medley of productions on tour, schools and upcoming shows in London. ‘Shrek, the musical’, a musical that will be at the New Wimbledon Theatre at the end of this year, had a technical issue and the music stopped without any explanation. They kept singing and the public was singing with them like nothing happened. It was magic to see. Also, they made a small presentation of ‘War Horse’ a show that you can see at the New London Theatre. We could see how the horses are made, it was surprising to see how the actors make the horse move and everybody has a different function to do.

American Idiot WEL

I decided to move from the crowd, because I was tired of being standing all the time, so I took a sit next to the fountain and watch the performances from the screen. There are a few new shows coming to London soon and they performed a few songs. On the first hand, I loved ‘Seven Brides For Seven Brothers’ at the Open Air Theatre. As you may know, I have my ticket already for this month. I was impressed and happy to hear some of the popular songs performed there. I can’t wait to see it. Also I loved the ‘American Idiot’ performance. The show by Green Day is coming to London this month at the Arts Theatre, and I’ve got my ticket ready too. They were singing ‘Do You Know Your Enemy’, ’21 Guns’ and ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’.

Seven Brides Seven Brothers WEL

I was very impressed with some new shows like ‘Elf, the musical’, that will open this Christmas at the Dominion Theatre, ‘The Three Little Pigs’ will be this summer at the Palace Theatre and ‘The Dreamers’ will be at the Saint James Theatre. All of them were great, with amazing voices and good songs. I would like to see ‘Elf’ and ‘The Dreamers’, but I’m not sure I can afford so many shows. I definitely would like to, I think it’s worth it. West End LIVE is a great event because you can discover new shows that maybe you wouldn’t know.

The last show I watched performing was ‘Gypsy’. It was a shame because it started to rain a lot, so I couldn’t see anything because of the umbrellas. Thanks God on Sunday it was very sunny and hot. And also, I didn’t mind because I’ve already seen the show at the Savoy Theatre. Soon you’ll have a review, I promise. I need to write a lot of posts for you! The last performance was ‘Let It Be’, a musical about The Beatles but I didn’t wait for it, because I’m not a fan of the band.

So that was pretty much my Saturday at West End LIVE 2015. I think that they did a great job. The organisation was perfect, I could enjoy some of the best performances of the best shows in London, the most important, and also it’s great to have a look at the new shows in town. I understand that they used a camera crane, but I think that it’s not useful in an event like this; I don’t think it’s necessary. Also, is great to have a look at the schools in the city. They were amazing; you can’t believe how talented are those kids. They will be the stars of London in the future. But I also think that West End LIVE is the celebration of the year of musicals in UK, so maybe other productions on tour, or shows that finished their running should be there, like ‘Made In Dagenham’ or ‘Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown’. But still, it was the best weekend of the year, by far, one of the best experiences that I won’t forget.

Cesar

The importance of theatre in London

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Theatre is very important in London, there are plenty of theatres, productions, shows, musicals, posters, advertisements… West End Live is a celebration of theatre and musicals in the UK, but why do we need to celebrate that? Is it that important in this country? Yes, it is.

What surprises me and amazes me the most is the fact that arts are so important in this country. I enjoy a lot being able to go to museums for free. It’s a place where you can learn and it’s some knowledge that must be shared with the people for free. That’s something great about London. Also, theatre and musical industry make a lot of money, so it’s important to keep them alive and growing.

According to the Society of London Theatre, West End shows make a lot of money. They can’t confirm the box offices performances, but there are some relevant facts that make you realise of how important is theatre in this city. Here there are only a few of the Highlights of 2014 (of course 2015’s not released yet):

Billy Elliot West End Live 2014

  • Billy Elliot’ is celebrating 10 year and over 10 million people have seen it worldwide. Last year, it was released ‘Billy Elliot The Musical Live’, becoming the widest ever cinema release of a live event. It became number one at the UK box office.

 

  • Also, last year ‘The Book Of Mormon’ kept breaking all box office records being 100% capacity at the Prince of Wales Theatre in all the performances since it opened in March 2013.

 

  • The show ‘Charlie And The Chocolate Factory’ is becoming a success too, because it welcomed its one millionth audience member shortly into its second year at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Les Misérables West End Live 2014

  • Last year ‘Les Misérables’ was celebrating the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award at the Olivier Awards for the second time in three years. Which proves the huge popularity of this classical musical.

 

  • Matilda’ has been seen by almost 1,5 million people since it was transferred to the West End in October 2011. Last year celebrated its 1000th performance at the Cambridge Theatre.

The Lion King West End Live 2014

  • The show ‘The Lion King’ is one of the most important in London, celebrating 15 years at the Lyceum Theatre and being seen by over 843,956 people.

 

  • The classic ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’ reached the 11,500 performances last year in its original home, Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Wicked West End Live 2014

  • And finally ‘Wicked’ has become the 10th longest-running show in the West End. Last year celebrated its 3,500th performance at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Year after year is breaking its own box office records, with a weekly gross of £1,023,819

 

Theatre is a success in London. Every year, more people go to the theatre to see a show, which means more money for the box offices and taxes. But also means lots of jobs depending on that. A lot of money is spent on tickets, restaurants, hotels, transports and merchandise. Is becoming one of the most important attractions in the UK for tourists. And what I care about the most, it’s knowledge, it’s emotions and feelings that lot of people can share and learn.

So feel proud and great every time you go to the theatre, because you are helping and industry to grow, and all the economy in general. And also you are having an amazing and unforgettable experience. I’ll see you in any theatre!

Cesar

 

Font: All the information has been taken from Society of London Theatre

Pictures: All of them are mine from West End Live 2014

The Open Air Theatre in London

Picture of the Open Air Theatre before the performance of 'Into The Woods' in 2010, by aesop on Flickr

Picture of the Open Air Theatre before the performance of ‘Into The Woods’ in 2010, by aesop on Flickr

Thanks God summer is here. This year is not very hot yet, but I’m sure that good weather will be here soon. The best of this time of year in London, for me, is West End Live, of course, and the Open Air Theatre. I haven’t been there yet, but one of my targets this year was to see a play there (or a musical, obviously). So I already booked a ticket for the upcoming production of ‘Seven Brides For Seven Brothers’, a musical that I love so much. I’ll be there on my birthday, on the 28th July. I can’t wait for it.

But I want to write a little bit about this theatre. It’s in the Royal Park Regent’s Park, in central London. I like Regent’s Park, because it’s quite and beautiful. The closest tube stations are Baker Street, Great Portland Street Station, Regent’s Park Station or Oxford Circus (it’s not the closest one, but I usually get there to have a walk).

The theatre is one of the biggest in London, with 1.250 seats in a unique atmosphere. I’m a bit worried about the weather, because the theatre is completely uncovered, and you know that even in summer, London’s weather is always changing and unpredictable. It was used for the first time in 1932, when Robert Atkins and Sydney Carroll presented a production of ‘Twelfth Night’ in the Regent’s Park.

Picture by Open Air Theatre Official Webpage

Picture by Open Air Theatre Official Webpage

Every year there is a different production of plays, musicals and concerts to see, with some famous actors and actresses like Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Irons or Judi Dench. This year’s, for example includes ‘Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie’ (15th May – 14th June), ‘The Seagul’ (19th June – 11th July), ‘Seven Brides For Seven Brothers’ (16th July – 29th August) and ‘William Golding’s Lord Of The Flies’ (3rd September – 12th September).

I’m so excited about it, I’m sure it will be a great experience to watch a show in an open-air theatre, with the nature just next to us. I booked for my birthday because I want it to be a special day. Have you even been there, which show have you seen?

Cesar

 

The Theatre Café in the Shaftesbury Avenue

Theatre Cafe

The Theatre Café is the best place in the world. If you love musical theatre, is a must for you, I’m sure you’ll love it. You can relax, have a cup of coffee, eat some delicious biscuits, listen to some musicals soundtrack, buy a ticket to see a show and have a chat with the amazing and always friendly staff. It’s in the Shaftesbury Avenue, just in front of the Queens Theatre, where you can go to see ‘Les Misérables’.

Posters Theatre Cafe

It’s owned and run by London Theatre Bookings, one of the best webpage to catch some discounted tickets. That’s why you can buy some tickets there too. And if you’re not sure of what to see, I’m sure the staff can help you with that, they are really nice.

 

Coffee Theatre Cafe

The coffee shop opened on 12th January with a lot of expectations and I think that nobody is disappointed because it’s getting better day after day. They introduced lots of changes, like some new smoothies, sandwiches… And they have lots of posters to give for free too. My room looks much better now with some posters of ‘Cats’, ‘Made In Dagenham’ and ‘Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown’. I hope my collection keeps growing.

Theatre Cafe tables

They are also improving a lot with some of new events. They are bringing some actors, actresses and professionals of musical theatre to have a chat and a meeting with the people. That’s how I got a poster signed by Willemijn Verkaik and Ricardo Afonso, from ‘Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown’. This week there will be Louise Dearman (‘Wicked’) and Mark Evans (‘The Book Of Mormon’) to show their new book ‘Secrets of Stage Success’.

Theatre Cafe Into The Woods

On Saturdays they usually do an Open Mic where people can go and sing their favourite songs. I haven’t been yet, of course I won’t sing, because I’m not blessed with singing. But it must be funny to see. So if you are in London, don’t forget to go to the Theatre Café and enjoy yourself watching lots of posters on the walls, objects used in some shows (like one of the masks of the Phantom or an Elphaba’s broom), the tables full of posters and leaflets.

Theatre Cafe Phantom

I’m not paid by them to write this post, of course, but I think that it’s important to share with you the coolest place in the world for musicals lovers. I think it’s an important part of my experience in London enjoying and learning about musicals, because I go there as much as I can.

Theatre Cafe logo

Picture by The Theatre Cafe Facebook

Cesar

The schedule of West End Live 2015

Picture by West End Live Facebook Page

Picture by West End Live Facebook Page

West End Live is almost there. Next week, I’ll be enjoying the performances on Trafalgar Square. I’ll try to post some pictures on Twitter, but my phone is rubbish, so the battery dies after a few hours only. So I won’t be able to share with you many things. But once it’s finished, of course I’ll write here about the experience.

So it’s time to get ready for it, I’m so excited I can’t wait. I want to share with you today some new information about the event. Basically, this week they updated the schedule.

 

  • Entrances:

It’s a free event, in Trafalgar Square, but there are gates especially for the West End Live to organise all the huge amount of people. The gates will be opened at 10:30 approximately. You better go very early and wait until that happens if you want to see the stage properly. Also, a wheelchair viewing are will be positioned on the North Terrace of Trafalgar Square, above the steps.

You can come to the Square by train, bus or tube. The closest stations are Charing Cross, Embankment and Leicester Square. And, as always, you can plan your journey on the webpage of Transport for London.

 

  • Schedule:

Finally we have the schedule so we can have a better idea of the shows that are participating this year. There are a few missing, like ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ or ‘The Book Of Mormon’, but I think there is a fantastic selection of shows and groups. Even ‘American Idiot’ and ‘Seven Brides For Seven Brothers’ who haven’t started performances yet (and I have my tickets booked for both of them, already!)

 

SATURDAY

Schedule West End Live 2015 SaturdaySchedule West End Live 2015 Saturday

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, Saturday is the most exciting day, with lots of performances. Most of the shows are participating this year. I’m so surprised because last year, most of the shows were new for me. But now, I’m proud to say that I’ve seen most of them. I can’t wait to see all of them again, they will be delightful.

SUNDAY

Schedule West End Live 2015 SundaySunday is also a great day with amazing performances, but it’s true that most of the most important shows in town don’t perform that day. But it will be a funny day too, I’m sure I’ll enjoy all the performances as well.

 

Are you excited as me? Are you planning to go to Trafalgar Square next weekend?

Cesar

Font: West End Live Official Webpage

Please behave!

Picture by Jeremy Noble on Flickr

Picture by Jeremy Noble on Flickr

London is a city full of theatre. When I moved to UK, I thought that plays and musicals were very popular, that people usually go to see something from time to time. I can’t understand why there are shows performing every day for many years. It means that lot of people fills the theatres day by day. That’s something unimaginable for me, coming from Spain.

But I realised that it’s true, lot of people go to theatre, but a lot more don’t know anything or are not interested. But I guess that London is an overpopulated city, so you can find different people, with different hobbies. For example, I sometimes feel quite different from my workmates, because they are in this city to work and have fun going out, having some drinks. It’s a bit disappointing for me, because I moved to London to learn, have a good experience and, as a priority, to go as much as I can to the theatre. So I need to go quite often to see something and some people don’t understand it. Of course I don’t care.

Anyway, let’s focus, I thought that people is used to go to the theatre, so they know how to behave, basically. In this post I want to share with you some experiences that have proved me that some people should stay at home forever because they don’t know how to behave. You know I’m joking, not everybody is like that, of course, but sometimes you would like to punch someone in the face and say “what’s wrong with you?”.

 

  • You are not alone:

Some people think that they are all alone on the theatre, so they can talk, make as much noise as possible, because they don’t realise that there are more people next to them. That’s selfish and real, I’ve been sitting watching a show and being quite annoyed because people is talking next to me very loud. Come on, this is live, stop talking and enjoy it!

I also hate the people who sing. I’m glad you enjoy the songs, but I want to hear the voice of the actors and actresses, that’s why I paid for, not yours! Yesterday night I went to see the musical ‘Gypsy‘ at the Savoy Theatre (a review soon) and there was a woman next to me humming some of the songs. It was very annoying for me, but thanks God she stopped early. Apparently, she knew very well the song ‘Together Wherever We Go‘, so she started to sing a bit too loud for me. The worst was the fact that she had halitosis, it was so hard for me to breath.

 

  • You are not allowed to take pictures:

Also, when I remember when I went to see ‘The Lion King’ at the Lyceum Theatre I was open-mouthed by the behaviour of people; I couldn’t believe what was going on there. I understand that it’s a show that most of the audience are kids, but I can’t tell you that adults are worst. Is comprehensible (annoying too, but you have no choice) that some parents need to take their children every few minutes to the toilet. So you are watching the stage with lot of people waking up to go to the toilet every 5 minutes. But as I said, you must understand that they are kids. The worst was with ‘The Circle Of Life’ and the ending, ‘King Of Pride Rock / Circle Of Life (Reprise)’. Everybody was taking pictures with their phones, so the staff had to run from row to row trying to stop people. I didn’t hear the song; I only heard the staff asking to not take pictures. It’s ridiculous that these things happen (and twice in the same performance).

Picture by Olivier Bruchez on Flickr

Picture by Olivier Bruchez on Flickr

 

  • You can drink alcohol while watching the performance:

That’s something I don’t understand, but I guess it’s something cultural, very different from Spain. In my country, you can have a drink during the break, but not bring your cup inside the theatre. I don’t fancy to drink when I’m going to the theatre, because I want to be 100% focused on the stage. But I understand that some people fancy to have a pint. But it’s true that some people drink too much. I remember watching ‘Spamalot’ at the Playhouse Theatre and next to me were three fat-as-whales men who were completely drunk. They were singing loud (you can imagine trying to sing like the Lady of the Lake, that was painful for my ears), repeating some jokes and drinking all the time. I had to deal with their noises, the smell of alcohol and the feeling of being trapped. They definitely ruined the show, this behaviour was rude, but I did my best to enjoy the performance.

But I don’t think that is a problem of the people, that’s a mistake of the theatre. They try to make so much money that sell lot of alcohol even minutes before the second act is starting. So, sometimes, the show is starting after the break and people are coming back slowly to their seats. They also don’t mind if the person who is buying alcohol maybe is too drunk. That’s something that managers should care about, because a drunken person inside the theatre means ruining the performance for many people who has paid a lot of money to be there. As far as I know, it’s true that the staff and managers can take actions if there is a person making a lot of noise because of the alcohol. But this wouldn’t happen if the people had more education and were more respectful.

 

  • You can come anytime:

That’s quite surprising and annoying for me. In Barcelona, once you are late, if the performance has already started, you can’t get inside the theatre. That’s quite frustrating because you can be late because of bad traffic, for example, or because of delays on trains. You should be able to come in later, but not at anytime like London.

I don’t understand why people plan to go to the theatre if they are going late anyway. I have a friend who worked as a staff in a theatre in London and she said that one day a woman arrived 20 minutes before the performance was finished. Really? You are 2 hours late! That’s not being late for any reason, she didn’t prioritise going to the theatre, but you paid for the ticket (which is OK because it’s not my money). Another day, a couple arrived to the theatre with a ticket one year in advance, thinking that the performance was that day. I must recognise that that’s very unlucky and funny!

When I went to see ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ at the Phoenix Theatre I was so happy because nobody was sitting next to me. I was on the front row because I bought a Day Seat and I was so excited to have space to leave my jacket and bag. But no, there was a group who arrived on the second act, during the break. Seriously, is it necessary to be that late? You’ve missed half of the show! They were drinking, they were stinking alcohol and they were talking and being very rude. One of the guys even offered me some beer and biscuits, which I said ‘No, thank you’.

 

Picture by Tadie88 on Flickr

Picture by Tadie88 on Flickr

 

But not everything is wrong. I’ve had good experiences too, like meeting a very nice girl watching ‘Once’ at the Phoenix Theatre. She is from Australia and she is coming to London from time to time only to catch all the best shows from the West End. Or in ‘Memphis’ at the Shaftesbury Theatre, a girl was surprised by the book I was reading, while we were waiting to get some Day Seats.

But it’s true that some people don’t know how to behave in public and should stay at home instead of annoying the rest. Have you got any bad experience too?

Cesar