STAGEY SHORTS VOLUME 2: Sherlock does Shakespeare; Getting Kinky has never felt so good and a LEGEND returns to the Mask!

Well last time I produced an edition of STAGEY SHORTS, it seemed to go down well! So I thought what was the best way to catch you all up on what I’ve been up to in the past 7 months then with STAGEY SHORTS – Volume 2!!

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One of my biggest theatre highlights of the past 7 months was having the absolute honour of seeing Benedict Cumberbatch as HAMLET at the Barbican, not once – but TWICE! (Once from the very front row 😮)

Now I will be the first to admit that I am a huge fan of Mr Cumberbatch – but even I will admit his performance was nothing short of phenomenal! It was completely overwhelming to be able not only to see him live on stage but, being a Shakespeare loving English teacher by day, to see him give such an impactful and powerful performance is something I will hand on heart never forget! Many are saying Cumberbatch doesn’t deserve all the award nominations he is getting and he is only getting them because of his “star power!” But trust me – he deserves every piece of recognition for what was and will always be an absolute masterclass in acting and performance!

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One of the newest smash hits to arrive in London recently is the utterly brilliant KINKY BOOTS, now playing at the Adelphi Theatre. The show has already been a smash hit over on Broadway thanks to a creative team including the brilliant Jerry Mitchell and the legendary Cyndi Lauder, and it was only a matter of time before it arrived in the UK!

I was so excited to see this show at the end of last year for the first time – and if you haven’t seen it, you are missing out on one of the most uplifting, joyous and fabulous shows that the West End has ever seen! A phenomenal cast – lead by Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry – bring the house down and if you don’t leave with a smile on your face, there must be something wrong with you 😉😉😉

I will say this – and I said this about Katie Brayben last year – if Matt Henry doesn’t win the Olivier for Best Actor in a Musical this weekend, it will be an utter travesty! For me, this is a career defining performance that deserves every accolade around!

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And finally! You all know how much I adore Phantom of the Opera – so it would be wrong of me to not mention the recent return of a certain legend to the Opera House.

John Owen Jones has always been one of my favourite Phantoms, and seeing him for the first time in the role when the show went on a UK Tour in 2012 is still one of my all time favourite Theatre memories. So when I heard he would be returning to the Brilliant Original for a short time – I knew I had to see him once again.

And let’s just say, on both of the occasions I got to witness this legend at work – it was just sheer perfection. You know when you are watching a genius at work – everything is just so on point and performed with such ease, eloquence and grace! And that is exactly what I felt watching John Owen Jones on stage. I only hope it is not the last time we see him don the legendary mask!

A special mention must also go to the new cast members at Her Majesty’s Theatre who are one of the most sensational ensembles I have ever seen in this production.  I must name Celinde Schoenmaker and Nadim Naaman who alongside John Owen Jones are one of the most outstanding lead trios I have ever had the honour to see perform!

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And that’s it for STAGEY SHORTS Volume 2! I hope you enjoyed this very brief catch up and I hope it’s not long until we catch up again 😊

Signing off for now,

Blue Eyed Girl Xx

MUST BUY! KINKY BOOTS Original London Cast Soundtrack!

Hello everyone!

If you want a very easy way to brighten up your Friday – then look no further than the KINKY BOOTS LONDON soundtrack which has been released TODAY and is available from all good music outlets.

Believe me – I have been listening for last hour on the train and have had to stop myself from dancing and singing at the top of my voice! That is how joyous you will feel after listening to this – I guarantee!!

Signing off for now

Blue Eyed Girl Xx