Les Miserables in Concert, London

So tonight I had the great privilege of seeing Les Misérables in concert which is being staged at The Gielgud Theatre while the show’s home theatre is having a revamp to make the show even more amazing. If you’ve read my previous post about my last trip to Les Mis you will already know that I am a fan. I can honestly say I am a bit lost for words to describe how incredible my evening has just been. We had booked on a day that we knew we would be seeing Michael Ball and Matt Lucas but Alfie Boe was not scheduled to perform. However as the cast took to the stage the man himself stood amongst them!!! The whole cast were superb but to witness Alfie and Michael perform Jean Valjean and Javert was mind blowing. An evening of pure joy. This concert was also so well staged that it lost none of its dramatic effect and if anything only managed to emphasis the genius of the music and lyrics. Just WOW!

Come From Away, The Phoenix Theatre, London

A moving musical about a small airport town in Nova Scotia that received many planes and their passengers in the aftermath of the horror of 9/11. Sounds a bit of a bizarre plot but a true story and a wonderful celebration of how humanity and the goodness of mankind triumphs over the cruel and barbaric agenda of the terrorist activity that took place in New York and across America on that day. With no interval the story unfolds and keeps pace to provide two hours of humour, compassion and song. Loved it!

Bowie Starman at 229 The Venue.

Opposite Portland Place Tube and down some stairs, is a small club named 229 The Venue. Hosting ‘Bowie Starman’ a celebration of the legionary Man himself, the evening was a perfect excuse to sing and dance along to David Bowie favourites with like minded fans. The musicians did a decent job and except for a handful of men who stood at the front and didn’t move or even mime, everyone else seemed to be having a lovely time. The wine from the bar wasn’t the best but it did the job. A fun night out.

Celeste at The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, London.

Celeste is a One Michelin Star restaurant at The Lanesborough Hotel on Hyde Park Corner. From the moment the doorman welcomed us in to this beautiful hotel, we were whisked away into another world of elegance and class. Every member of staff greeted us with a smile and they were all exceptionally attentive but not in an annoying way! The restaurant’s decor is grand and stunning with chandeliers Del Boy should stay well away from! The whole room is immaculate. We were seated side-by-side on a sofa at our table which seemed a little bit weird at first but it was so comfortable and it meant that when you weren’t eating you could sit back and really relax. It was actually an inspired idea. A glass of bubbly to start and then the most delicious three course meal I have ever tasted. I chose Gnocchi for my main course which I love, but as a meat eater, choosing a vegetarian dish is a rarity. Oh my goodness (it was too posh to use an acronym) I didn’t want the Gnocchi to ever end!!! It was accompanied by a watermelon, pine nut and feta salad which was also divine. My starter was a perfectly cooked scotch egg and my pretty pudding was a delicate pear with ginger delight. All the food was served at the perfect temperature, either warm and mouth watering or cool and palate cleansing. I always judge a good establishment by whether they re-fold your serviette when you go to the loo ✅ and if the hand towels in the loos are small, individual and fabric ✅ which is a bit sad I know but these little attentions to detail make me smile 😉 😊. The Lanesborough also gets an extra ✅ for the handbag hook situated next to the toilet roll holder! How many women have sat on the loo and realised they need something from their bag only to realise its hanging out of reach on the back of the door. Toilet roll, hook, handbag…perfect!

This is a top notch 5 star hotel that really knows how to excel but it does so with a welcoming relaxed friendly manner than puts you at ease and ensures that you have an amazing time. Definitely my favourite bookatable visit so far (£39 per head, three courses and a glass of bubbly) and one we will return too without a doubt. Superb.

FLEABAG, live stream at the Odeon.

Love the tv show. Brilliant piece of theatrical writing and acting so the opportunity to see the stage show streamed live to an odeon near me was worth a look. The stage show proceeds the tv series and the 1st series reflects this 90 minute monologue. Some might say that seeing both tv series’s would ruin watching the original stage show. However it really didn’t and in fact it added to the experience as understanding the story, emotion and relationships behind the characters enhanced the story with greater understanding and depth. The performance of Phoebe Waller-Bridge was hilarious with her facial expression and poetic delivery and a beautiful command of the English language. Moments made you laugh, moments made you cry laughing and moment made you close to tears. Phoebe is a very clever lady who has the ability to talk about subjects that will make some people blush, but with an emotional undertone that makes you think and empathise with others and feel people’s vulnerabilities. Quite an expensive night out at the cinema but as the stage show is a sell out, a great alternative to be able to share the moment.

Greenwich Comedy Festival, Greenwich!

Comedy in a big tent in the grounds of the Royal Naval College. Well known acts, all of whom have graced many stages and tv screens. Three shows a day in this well organised event. Full of laughs. Seats could be more comfortable but we are in a tent and as this isn’t glamping you can’t expect luxury. All for £20. Definitely a good way to spend a autumnal Saturday.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The London Palladium

An excellent show and an excellent cast is what you would expect from The London Palladium and that’s exactly what we got. This classic musical was a fantastic celebration of colour, song, dance and comedy. Sheridan Smith as usual was superb and Jason Donavan as Pharaoh made a memorable performance.
Jac Yarrow plays the leading role of Joseph and was outstanding and although straight out of drama school, deserved to be in this iconic role.
The kids traditionally play their part in any Joseph production but this time not only did they provide the harmonies but they also played various brothers/wives and one young lad stole the stage in his role as Potiphar. A further two were Joseph’s fellow inmates in jail and relayed their dreams for analysis with professional ease.
I highly recommend this brilliant production of Joseph but unfortunately if you haven’t already seen it, it is a sell out!!! If you are luckily enough to have tickets however, you are in for a treat.

Everyone’s talking about Jamie. Apollo Theatre, London.

I thoroughly enjoyed this school boy to drag act musical! Fantastic cast of talented singers and dancers with Layton Williams stealing the show as Jamie aka Meme Me! What I love about this show is the opportunity it creates to showcase the young people on the stage for their phenomenal talent with each one holding their own alongside the older more experienced cast members. The original music is so well written you feel that you must have heard it before even when you haven’t. Beautifully choreographed dance sequences complete the picture. And on the hottest day of the year the theatre’s air conditioning was heaven!

Duke of Argyll, Brewer St. Soho, London.

On our way to the theatre on the hottest day of 2019, in a very busy Soho, we popped into this little pub for a cold pint of cider or two. Tiny pub serving good quality beer with empty seats and air conditioning! Where was everyone? That’s one of the things I love about London, if you walk a little way from the busy main streets you can always find an old London pub that welcomes you in and where you can find a seat. Worth a pop to the toilets too as for this you descend beautifully restored original Victorian old stone steps to the cellar that must have felt many an interesting footstep over the years! Good little find.

Living Colour, Sub89, Reading.

What’s Your Favourite Colour Baby? Living Colour!!!!!
If you know what this simple question means, you are lucky enough to know this band and it’s anthem. If it means nothing to you, you are missing out on one of the best bands on the planet! Celebrating 30 years since the release of their first album, Vivid, this band from America are touring small venues and festivals across Britain. No tour dates in central London meant a road trip and over night stay in Reading to catch this awesome band at Sub89 gig venue. The venue itself is small and dingy which in my opinion is the perfect intimate place to see any band. The sound quality for such as small venue was superb.
And on to the main act. Living Colour are quality. With Corey Glover as the charismatic, vocal front man, supported by lead guitar, base and drums by equally talented musicians, this band are a mixture of rock, funk, metal, reggae, hip hop to name but a few. Their sound is unique and their fan base loyal as everyone at the gig last night proved as they knew every word and sung and danced the night away like they were partying in their front room with really good friends. A perfect night out. Thank you Living Colour for continuing to do what you do so well.