A Bloomin' Good Time

27 September 2019

We kicked off the weekend raising a glass with the team behind SIX! We had a visit from our American marketing friends at the Pekoe Group following a record-breaking priority on-sale for the show as the musical about the most famous queens in history is (be-)heading(!) to Broadway, ready to tell their story and reign supreme over in the Big Apple.

Exciting news as everyone’s favourite troublesome twins are heading from screen and page to stage. Based on the novel, The Parent Trap, this week we announced the brand new musical Identical! With music from Stiles & Drewe and directed by Sir Trevor Nunn, the hunt is on for the heart of the show – identical twin girls to take on the leading roles…

It was Press Night at the Park Theatre for Mother of Him. A play that challenges its audience, refusing to shy away from the toughest trials a family can face, it is a thought-provoking production led beautifully by Tracy-Ann Oberman. A few tears were shed at its conclusion, but it was all smiles and praise for the cast and company!

Two new comedies opened their doors for previews this week!

The town was painted red with the installation of the front of house for Noises Off which begins previews at the Garrick Theatre from tomorrow. Good luck to the cast and company, which includes some new faces as well as return visits from the triumphant Lyric Hammersmith Theatre run, including Sarah Hadland and Meera Syal. The Olivier Award-winning show has a limited run through to January 2020 so be sure to grab your tickets. They are flying out the door like … sardines!

The Vaudeville Theatre went back to its school days with the previews for Groan Ups this week. This new comedy from Mischief Theatre will once again have you laughing until your tummy hurts, with some in the office claiming it’s their favourite outing from Mischief yet! A hit with audiences already, the show mixes “comedy and farce with some lovely pathos”. Groan Ups has brought Mischief’s trademark fun and silliness to the West End, but has combined this with a touch of poignancy, allowing the audience to remember their own childhood growing pains. This is definitely one for anyone who ever went to school!

Taking advantage of our friends at Original Talent, some of the JHIers have joined the company netball team and choir as well as taking part in The OT Bake Off tomorrow, judged by none other than Jay Rayner, Kara Tointon and Alexis Conran. Contrary to popular belief we aren’t always just at the theatre!!! The netball team is off to an unbeaten start at the beginning of the league, at times having to fight fire with fire as it can get a little heated on court. While it may seem a little early for Christmas carols, the choir are vocally limbering up to wow us all at the Original Talent Christmas Party!

Finally, we must wish our very own, wonderful Fi a very Happy Birthday! Fi received enough flowers to open her own florist and a hearty rendition of Happy Birthday from the team, accompanied by the obligatory cake.  It would be impossible to have a day as fabulous as her, but even half as fabulous, you know it’s been a very good day!