Can you believe February is almost done and dusted? This year is flying by so fast! This week I’m off to the Big Apple, New York!
I’ll be seeing eight shows on Broadway in just six days and I can’t wait to get started. Before I go though, I still have a couple of big West End openings to check out. The Royal Court transfer of The Nether and Beautiful – the Carole King musical. I’m hugely excited about seeing both of them before I jet off to NYC on Thursday!
Last week I went to see Memphis the Musical for the second time at the Shaftesbury Theatre to help them celebrate the release of the new London Cast Recording. The show was even better than I remembered from last time, and Killian Donnelly and Beverley Knight make the show one not to miss! The after party was very stagey! I got to meet the legend that is Beverley Knight and you’ll never guess what she had on her shoulder? One of my #Stagey tote bags! What an honor it is to know that someone like her is carrying my bag around with her! Get yours now for just £6.99 here, www.westendwilma.com.
If you aren’t one of the lucky ones who got a ticket to see Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet this summer at the Barbican then fear not, this week it has been announced that the show will be broadcast live across cinemas on 15 October as part of National Theatre Live. Tickets go on sale 16 March 2015, so put that in your diary if you want to check the show out on the big screen.
Today I watched a video interview with Damian Lewis, star of Homeland, about the West End play he will be starring in soon, American Buffalo. Can you believe that I had no idea he was English?! All these years I believed he was American. You can watch the interview here if you fancy it but beware, it’s not Agent Brody!
Di and Viv and Rose has announced an early closing date at the Vaudeville Theatre. The play, starring Tamzin Outhwaite, opened just three weeks ago and was originally booking until the end of May but will now play its final performance on 14 March 2015. I thought it was a good play, well put together and with a brilliant cast. However, the story, which starts out so well, becomes muddled and feels rushed leading to an unfulfilling climax. It is still definitely worth a watch and so check it out if you can before it closes.
Well that’s me done for this week. I’m off to start packing for New York! It’s -14 degrees out there at the moment, so I think lots of scarves and wooly jumpers are called for. If I don’t freeze to death I’ll be back in touch next week from New York, New York!
Love and jazz hands,
West End Wilma
Causing Theatrical Chaos since 2012