Pixie Lott in Breakfast at Tiffany's

The Shows I Watched in July – A Play, A Musical and Two very talented Singers

July was a very busy month for me.  When booking tickets for shows I like to get the best possible seats.  I therefore tend to book a lot of my shows weeks in advance.  My only problem though is that I can’t resist a bargain and when I see shows that I want to see reduced I end up booking more.  So here’s a list of what I saw last month:-

Shows I saw in July Pixie Lott in Breakfast at Tiffany's

I love this picture of Pixie

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S at THE THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET

This is one of the shows which I booked a while ago and had been looking forward to it for some time.  The play stars Pixie Lott and Matt Barber.  The play is based on the book and not the film.  The theatre was full and there was a real buzz, which was nice to see especially as it was a Monday evening.  Both Pixie and Matt were fantastic on stage.  Matt was very animated in his speech and actions and Pixie had a lot of costumes changes which she executed really quickly.  When Pixie started to sing Moon River you wondered whether she could give such a classic song the credit it deserves but she certainly did just that.

Unfortunately there were only four ladies toilets (that I could find) for the whole of the stalls.  As I was next to the aisle I made a quick escape at the interval.  However, on returning back to my seat the queue was very long.  I’m not sure whether everyone managed to get back to their seats before the second half started.

Dancing All Night Long to Lionel Richie

Dancing All Night Long to Lionel Richie

LIONEL RICHIE at THE O2

Ok so the O2 is not a theatre but I couldn’t leave this out.  Lionel Richie has always been one of my favourite artists so you can imagine how excited I was when I found out that I had won a pair of tickets to his show at the O2.  I had seen Lionel Richie before at a small venue with a live orchestra and knew this would be completely different.  My seats were about 13 rows from the front in the centre, perfect viewing.  The warm up artist was Corinne Bailey Rae who livened up the arena with her music.

Next on stage was Lionel and by now everyone in our section was standing.  I did not sit back down again until I got in the car to come home.  Lionel bantered with the audience between songs and when singing showed an amazing amount of energy.  The tour known as All The Hits lived up to its name and that is exactly what Lionel sang.   From his time with the Commodores to All Night Long, Dancing on the Ceiling and Hello.  I have been to a few concerts at the O2 and this was by far the best.

Ramin Karimloo at The London Palladium

Outside The London Palladium

RAMIN KARIMLOO at THE LONDON PALLADIUM

Ramin is one of my favourite actors, singers, songwriters.  He has starred  in both Phantom of the Opera and Love Never Dies.  I have seen Ramin in both of these musicals.  I also saw him at the Royal Festival Hall.  As soon as I found out Ramin was going to be on the London stage again (even if it was only for one night) I just knew I had to have tickets.  Luck was definitely on my side when I made the booking as there were boxes available.  I have never sat in one of the boxes before.  To be honest I have been partially put off, worried you may not see one side of the stage.  I decided it would be a good time to sit in a box and managed to get the front box.  I am so glad I did it was amazing.

Ramin at The London Palladium

The view from our Box

Ramin sang songs from his two albums and from the musicals he is known for Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and Love Never Dies together with a few of musical tunes.  Ramin’s performance lasted for two hours and he interacted with the audience continuously and comfortably.

FOOTLOOSE at NEW VICTORIA THEATRE, WOKING

Earlier on in the year (January) I won a pair of tickets to see Footloose.  Unfortunately by the time I found out the show had already been to my home theatre The Marlowe in Canterbury.  I am never one to miss an opportunity to go to the theatre.   Fortunately, I discovered that the New Victoria Theatre was the nearest venue to me.  I know this theatre quite well as in the past I have been here when I have not been able to see shows at theatres nearer to me.  It is a modern theatre with a large stage and great air con.  The view is great no matter where you sit.  The bar/communal area outside the theatre is very big which is great for pre-show or interval drinks.

Footloose is based on the film of the same name and features many songs from the 1980’s.  If you want to watch a lighthearted show and a fun night out at a local theatre then this is definitely for you.

 

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