West End Wilma meets the star of Elf the Musical, Ben Forster

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Hello poppets,

What a sad, sad few days it’s been with the terrible things going on in Paris. However, as terrifying as terror is, we must set aside our troubles and keep singing to the tune of theatre.

The good news is, since last week I have decided whether or not to send Christmas cards this year and the answer was a huge yes! We may be living in a digital age but there is something so personal about handwriting and sending cards through the post that I just can’t let go of it!

West End Wilma at Mamma Mia

Have you ever wondered what a theatre blogger like me gets up to in day-to-day life? Take a look at A Day In The Life of West End Wilma to see what my day was like last week when I reviewed the every hotel in Piccadilly Circus, went to see Mamma Mia! and interviewed the star of Elf the Musical.

I interviewed Ben Forster (winner of ITV Superstar) last week about playing Buddy the Elf in this Christmas’s production of Elf the Musical. Watch my video where I also ask him some of your theatre questions!

Ben Forster has Tea With Wilma talking about ELF the Musical

Sheridan Smith is now in rehearsals to play Fanny Brice in Funny Girl in the sold out production at the Menier Chocolate Factory. The West End transfer (which will open at the Savoy Theatre on 9 April) has just gone on sale and so get your tickets quick before this run sells out too! Click here to see pictures of Sheridan in rehearsals.

Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl

Photos: Marc Brenner

Shows reviewed this week over at have included UK touring productions of Annie and Shrek the Musical and Dawn French’s solo show in the West End.

The November issue of my monthly theatre news magazine with was released last week and so for all the latest theatre news from the past month, plus for a chance to win tickets to see Guys and Dolls, check it out here.

The Railway Children, In The Heights and Close To You have all announced extended booking periods this week but time is running out if you want to see Photograph 51, The Hairy Ape, American Idiot or The Father as they all close this weekend.

Speak to you next week!

Wilma xx
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