2015 was a busy year for me for theatre. It started with my first ever visit to Phantom of the Opera in January, which was a treat and had me singing in the shower for weeks. Then The Railway Children at the King’s Cross Theatre which was an exciting prospect, in terms of the layout of the space as well as it being one of my all-time favourites as a kid. 2015 also included my first time seeing The Book of Mormon, a show which had me in absolute hysterics; Mamma Mia! and of course, Memphis.
Memphis deserves its own paragraph, so here I go: I love Memphis. It all started with a casual [first time] theatre trip with a [certain] friend to see Mamma Mia. While waiting in our favourite haunt (The Theatre Cafe on Shaftesbury Avenue) we made the executive decision to try for day seats for Memphis (completely forgetting that I had to be up at 4:30am the next morning D: ), we were in luck. We got to the theatre, all excitement and nerves – as my friend was nervous whether I would like it or not, and I was nervous whether I would make the last train; it was a Thursday night and the last train left at 10:10pm, the show came down at 9:50pm. We realised we may have made an uncalculated mistake. Still, we persevered and the show that I now know and love started. We saw Rachel John and Matt Cardle and I was immediately mesmerised by Rachel John’s voice. My jaw was literally on my chest for the whole of Act One. During the interval, my friend turned to me and asked whether or not I liked it, my response was only to ask when we could go again! We went again the following Saturday. And about once a week after that… I saw Memphis 5 times in a month and I do not regret it at all. I only wish I had found it sooner.
2015 also held another couple of standout performances for me, Gypsy and Funny Girl at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Imelda Staunton will always be a favourite of mine, from seeing her in Sweeney Todd in 2012 at the Adelphi Theatre, I was anxious to see Gypsy. Boy did it not disappoint! A definite highlight for 2015. Funny Girl with Sheridan Smith was also phenomenal, it was an emotional rollercoaster and I really enjoyed the intimate setting of the space.
2015 was a fantastic year for theatre, I can’t wait to see if 2016 can top it!
Happy New Year!