The Olivier 2017 noms are in: Who should and who will win? 

It’s that time of year again – following the beginning of the awards season, the Olivier board have announced the nominations for the 2017 awards. Leading the pack is, quite predictably, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but Travesties, The Glass Menagerie, Funny Girl, Dreamgirls and Groundhog Day have all received plenty of nods. Expect…

7 London theatres to try on a budget

It seems a few people caught my post on the 7 ways to get a cheap theatre seat in London. Well, it occurred to me not long after posting it that there is in fact an eighth way: don’t go to the West End at all! Yes, the West End is known for its glitzy…

7 ways to get a cheap seat at the theatre

I often get asked how I can afford to go to the theatre so often when the prices are so high. And there’s little wonder, when all you hear about in the press are premium prices, theatre not being affordable and the latest productions setting you back £200 a pop. In fact there have been…

10 shows to see in 2017

In true West End Wanderer tradition, here’s a look ahead at what’s in store for theatre in 2017. These are my top 10 shows to look out for over the coming 12 months. Angels in America – National Theatre It feels like it’s been a while since the National had a show with quite so…

The best theatre of 2016

2016 has been a great year for London theatre. While new musicals have been somewhat lacking, there have been some very high profile revivals with the likes of Funny Girl, Dreamgirls and Sunset Boulevard. Meanwhile there have seemingly been more plays and more star name productions than ever before. And while West End Wanderer may…

5 Broadway musicals the West End needs

I’ve been thinking about the current state of the West End, and while I don’t like to compare London theatre to Broadway, we really do seem to be lacking in the musical department. (Arguably, we are far stronger when it comes to plays but, like I say, this isn’t about comparisons…) We still have a…

Top 10 shows to see in 2016… so far!

2016 is upon us and with many spending their Christmas pennies on theatre tickets or making a new year’s resolution to see more shows, it’s time to think about the hottest productions for the upcoming year. With plenty already announced, here’s my rundown of the top 10 shows you cannot miss this year… Harry Potter and…

Top 10 shows of 2015

The year may be over, but after 24 trips to the theatre, it’s been a good one. From the absolute stinkers (Treasure Island, I’m looking at you) to some of the best performances on stage this decade, it’s been a mixed bag, but fun none the less. To celebrate the year in theatre, here are…

10 films that need making into stage musicals

Turning films into musicals isn’t exactly a new concept. While film to stage adaptations have been around well into the history of the West End, over the last twenty to thirty years we’ve seen more and more material make the move from the silver screen to the boards. And with plenty more set to come…

Theatre programmes: The great debate

There are two debates that take place in theatre foyers up and down the country every evening. The first concerns wine – do you fork out for an overpriced bottle of pinot grigio before the show or stick to the bottle of water you’ve inevitably smuggled in under your coat? The second takes place at the merchandise…

Top 10 shows to see in 2015…so far

It might only be the start of the year (almost) but if you’re wondering what to book for in 2015, here’s a rundown of some of the best shows coming soon in London. Think I’ve missed something? Let me know at the bottom in the comments. #1 Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Beautiful is the…