Happy 1st Blogging Birthday!

First birthday cupcake

A Very Happy 1st Birthday to In The Spotlight!!

Today marks an important date in my blogging adventure – In The Spotlight turns 1 year old – Wahoo!

From what started as a basic blog and going to the theatre occasionally, has now enabled both my blog and me to grow and see lots of great live theatre! It’s been a very busy year and today I am celebrating the opportunities I have had throughout the last year which has enabled me to share my love of theatre with you.

I set up my blog last year to share my passion and love for going to the theatre and to spread the word about how fantastic and how accessible seeing live theatre can be. The last year has been wonderful – I’ve met lots of great people and seen a wide variety of musicals, play, ballets and everything in between! I’ve also reviewed on behalf of West End Wilma, BoxOffice.co.uk and most recently http://www.theatretickets.uk. My blog has also given me the opportunity to review further afield and take part in reviews for new concept music albums, books and theatre exhibitions. An unforgettable first year for In The Spotlight.

As I’m looking back at the first year of my blog, let’s take a look at a few of my personal highlights…

Best Play
Without a shadow of a doubt – People, Places & Things. This epic production which tells the story of Emma battling her drug addiction and her story in rehab moved me in many ways and is worthy of my 5 star review. Denise Gough recently won an Olivier Award in 2016 for her portrayal of this vulnerable and memorable character and is a very worthy winner and I can’t wait to see what is next from her.

Best Musical
This has to go to Elf The Musical, not only because of my huge love of Christmas and the hugely popular film of Elf, but this was a fantastic production that stood out with it’s epic set design, a fantastic cast and got lots of people to the theatre. A huge theatrical treat that deserved every bit of its success. Another worthy winner of a 5 star review and I hope it comes back to the West End very soon!

Best Actor/Actress
For her stand in ovation worthy performance in People, Places & Things, Denise Gough truly shattered every expectation I had for this play. Her performance (in which she is off stage for a few minutes throughout the entire show) had me on the edge of my seat and I was amazed at the talent and dedication her performance commanded. I am a musical theatre lover through and through but seeing her performance had my jaw to the floor in amazement and has made me want to see more plays.

What’s next for In The Spotlight?
2016 continues to be a busy year for theatre reviews, I have a few reviews before my wedding at the end of July, then a short break before more shows! There is currently lots of activity in the West End for some major productions that have come in and also for local productions, such as The Churchill Theatre. I have spent lots of time here during the last year and am very thankful to them for inviting me along. They have had a great run of shows and there looks to be some fantastic shows on the way – all great things.

My personal highlight for the last year isn’t so much about a particular show, it’s about lots of them. It has been an incredible year for theatre. There have been some great shows I have had the pleasure of seeing from Mrs Henderson Presents, Wicked, Billy Elliot, Beautiful, Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Some of the programmes from the shows I’ve seen are shown below.

There are more shows that are on my list to get to go and see such as Funny Girl, Guys & Dolls, Kinky Boots, Les Miserables, The Mousetrap, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Bodyguard, The Wedding Singer, Chicago and The Red Shoes. There is something for everybody to see and enjoy and I look forward to reviewing these shows and sharing this with you.

I have a good number of press nights booked in and I hope In The Spotlight continues to grow and get bigger and for more reviewing opportunities for theatre, cabaret and plays to come forward. I am always looking for reviews so if you would like me to come along and spread the word about your production and to review it, please do get in contact with me at sam@inthespotlight.org.uk and I’ll be in touch.

Thank you for reading and most of all thanks to the following people and organisations below for giving me the opportunities over the last year and showing me how fantastic live theatre is!

The Churchill Theatre, Bromley
West End Wilma
The Orchard Theatre
Merriman Theatre Group

Right – time to finish eating my 1st Birthday Cake…

Happy Birthday and here is to many more!