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.

OXBO, Bankside.

Part of the Hilton Hotel, Bankside, OXBO restaurant is a very pleasant find. We went along for their Bottomless Brunch (£49 per head) which consisted of four courses and free flowing Prosecco for two hours. The restaurant had a lovely atmosphere and we were served by polite, friendly, attentive staff who ensured drinks flowed and tables were cleared with slick professionalism. The starters were from a buffet which could be visited as many times as you liked. There was then a choice of egg dishes cooked to order ranging from a straight poached egg to eggs royale. Apres eggs the starter buffet could be revisited but we moved on to the main courses which were sharing dishes served at the table, one fish dish, one amazing curried vegetarian dish and melt in the mouth Moroccan beef. Desserts were once again collected from a buffet which were an incredible choice of sweet delights and a cheese board accompanied by cracker biscuits and bread. At this point you could also return for another visit to the starter buffet if you have a more savoury palate and any room left!!! What made this restaurant stand out above other buffet style restaurants I have visited was the quality of the food on offer. Everything was beautifully prepared and cooked and tasted fresh and first class. It was also presented in a clean, attractive manner. I would definitely return and would recommend to all.

And finally Caroline modelling the cheese board and tasting the Prosecco.

This Is Going To Hurt, Adam Kay- Vaudeville Theatre, London.

Um. Went on the recommendation of a friend who had read the book of the same name, depicting the diaries of a junior doctor, Adam Kay. The book is described by friends as “belly laugh funny” but sadly it did not translate this way on to the West End stage!!! It had it’s amusing moments but I think in order to create the right atmosphere for this kind of comedy show it needs to be a lot more intimate. If this show had been at the Comedy Store or maybe the Leicester Square Theatre I think it could have been a good night out. Sadly however it was rather boring and as I paid £32.50 for my ticket (the top price was £57!) I left the theatre feeling rather ripped off! It was good though to catch up with friends who I hadn’t seen for a while, so every cloud 🙂.

9 to 5 at The Savoy Theatre.

I had heard mixed reviews of this stage adaptation of the original Dolly Parton film from the 80’s. To be fair the not so favourable reviews were from the younger generation and I can understand why this musical and the story may not have felt relevant to them. However if you remember the 80’s you will fully appreciate this brilliant, fun and funny musical version of a time not so long ago when women were treated very differently from men in the work place (and sadly at times and in certain places still are!). I loved it. The cast were excellent but special mention needs to be given to Brian Connelly and Bonnie Langford’s for their comic and athletic performances! It is a really fun show that lifts your spirits. Absolutely go and see it if you want a trip to the theatre that just makes you smile 😊

The Hercules Pillars, just off Drury Lane.

Popped in for a pub lunch before a show. Very comfortable, friendly, proper old London Pub. Had an Elderflower and Prosecco cocktail…or two as they were yummy. Reasonably priced delicious food served on a wooden platter but it was so tasty I will forgive them for that (plates are for food not trees!!!) anyway if you’re in the Covent Garden area and fancy a pint and a bite to eat I would highly recommend this fab, traditional English pub.

Sunday Roast at The Basketmakers Arms, Brighton.

Popped into this Brighton pub in the North Lanes area in search of a Sunday roast. OMG how delicious was it!!! I had beef and my dining partners, one chicken and one pork. One of the best roast dinners in a pub ever. I should have taken a photo before I ate but I was hungry and it smelt soooo good so sorry. You will just have to make do with a photo of the pub name. Highly recommend this proper old pub for its decor, it’s beer and ultimately it’s amazing roast dinner 🥘. Yum!

Sweat at The Gielgud Theatre

I booked this show after receiving a reduced price offer. For some reason I had convinced myself that it was a musical and had convinced my theatre going partners in crime too. We were all in the mood for some song and dance! So when the first scene was five minutes in and still no one had done a quick step we figured that I may have got that very wrong!!! This is very much a play about how automation changes the production industries, which in turn puts people out of work, which in turn causes anger and in turn makes people react to each other in ways they would not usually do. A long way away from an evening of song and dance.

It is very well acted by a well known cast and when you google ‘the cast’ you realise where you recognise them all from. The characters are all very likeable and you do feel for them when relationships change or break down as their job security is threatened. It’s a good play and only on for a limited run so if you fancy it, tickets are still available.