Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for Theatrical, which I really enjoyed last month, by talking about some of the plays/musicals I’d most like to see one day. I also have a list of recommendations of plays that author Maggie Harcourt loved whilst she was working on the book. Onto the post!
The Plays/Musicals I Most Want to See
Tally’s Blood– I studied this for my English National 5, and I loved it so much despite it being read more as a book than acted properly as a play. I’d love to be really swept away by the story and see it unfold in front of me, and feel the emotion and humour and romance more deeply than it’s possible to in a clasroom dissecting it scene by scene.
Kinky Boots– I can’t really remember it very well now as I watched it years ago, but I adored the film if this and I think it’d be an amazing shown to see. I’d particularly love to see the version with Brendon Urie, because I’ve got really into Panic! at the Disco in the last couple of months, and I adore his voice. Also, his stage presence in the videos I’ve seen of him live is just phenomenal.
Sunshine on Leith- this is my favourite musical (I’m such a Scottish cliché for loving the music of the Proclaimers 😂), and I’d love to see it in a theatre. I love the film, but a few of the actors get on my nerves, and I’ve only seen it once, in an amateur production in a town hall. Getting to see a performance of it would be incredible; I love the songs and all the intertwining stories that fit the music incredibly well so much.
Maggie’s Recommendations- A Deep-Dive into the DNA of Theatrical…
One of the best things about writing THEATRICAL was getting the chance to spend time completely immersed in the theatre world: not just writing about it but thinking about it, reading about it – and, of course, visiting it!
Here’s my deep-dive list of everything that went on behind the scenes. Not everything is obviously part of the world of the finished book, but it’s still part of the story…
Things I watched while researching, writing and editing:
Great West End Theatres: a documentary series going behind the scenes at some of London’s most famous theatres, presented by Sir Donald Sinden.
Shows I saw: The Rivals (Bristol Old Vic), Present Laughter (Theatre Royal Bath), King Lear (Bristol Old Vic), The Snow Queen (Bristol Old Vic), Harry Potter & the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre), Hamlet (Almeida), Ink (Almeida), Wicked (Apollo Victoria), Christmas Eve (Ustinov Studio at the Theatre Royal Bath), Hamilton (Victoria Palace), The Ferryman (Royal Court), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Theatre Royal Bath), The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), War Horse (Bristol Hippodrome).
The National Theatre’s 50 Years on Stage DVD, featuring scenes from their productions over the years, reimagined & performed as part of their 50th anniversary gala was also incredibly useful (and I’d recommend it to anyone who loves theatre!).
If you’d like to read my review of Maggie’s wonderful book, you can do that here.
What plays/musicals would you most like to see? What are your favourites? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!