About Me


Welcome to In The Spotlight.

I’m Sam Hayden-Harler and I’m a theatre blogger and reviewer. Thank you for stopping by – I hope you enjoy having a look around my blog and the various shows I’ve had the pleasure of seeing over the last 20 years.

As I see so many shows, I thought I would set up my own blog and talk about and share my own experiences.  Not only to spread the word about how great these shows are, but to inspire more people to go to the theatre. There are so many shows to choose from – there really is something to suit everybody’s individual interests.

By day, I have my day job and the rest of the time I can pretty much be seen listening to, or watching theatre, plays and cabarets to name but a few. I have a huge passion for theatre and even share my life with a West End Stage Manager – it couldn’t get much better than that!

I am always following what’s going on and really enjoy watching the latest shows and plays coming into London and the surrounding areas. On occasion I have reviewed shows for West End Wilma and BoxOffice.co.uk and I am a resident blogger for The Churchill Theatre, so I get to see lots in different places!

Having grown up watching and enjoying visits to the theatre, as well as studying performing arts, I continue to enjoy everything from the front of house atmosphere, final curtain calls,  play outs and more. I have seen a large variety of live theatre in London’s West End and Broadway, which over the years continues to amaze me as to how much talent and work these shows require night after night. This includes not only the actors you see before you, but to all backstage cast and crew. I never fully appreciated how much work everything took to put together and the effort required by everybody to make it a continued success.

I recall seeing My Fair Lady at Drury Lane for my 15th birthday and it is where I found I had quite an interest for set design and how the various scenes would flow into one another. This really captured my imagination and I think it was at this point I knew that theatre would always play a part in my life.

Possibly one of my favourite (so far!) productions is Phantom of The Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre. I’ve seen the show four times, and it still moves me until this very day. Not only is it a set that amazes everybody, including the falling chandelier, but the songs are breathtaking. With fond memories ‘Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again’ recalls fond memories of a close relative.

Enjoy looking around my blog and if you would like me to review an upcoming show or to feature in my blog, please get in touch.