Your Votes Are In!
Last month I asked the theatre lovers amongst you to complete a little survey about what shows you saw in 2014 and what you are looking forward to checking out this year.
A whopping 81% of you prefer musicals over any other type of theatre (who doesn’t love a good showtune) and 16% of you would prefer to see a nice play. Opera and Dance received minimal responses but they are more ‘specialised’ types of theatre. I’m sure if we asked the Royal Opera House members the same question, we would have got a different answer!
One thing that fascinates me these days in the West End is the amount of ‘celebrity casting’ that happens. Are people really more likely to go and see a show just because it has a known television personality in it? Pleasingly 73% of you said you are not more likely to go and see a show just because it has a celebrity in it. There is nothing wrong with it (I myself went along to see Nicole Scherzinger in Cats out of curiosity) but surely theatre shouldn’t be focused around who has the biggest star on stage!
The best shows you saw in 2014 were quite clear in the results. The classics Les Miserables and Wicked, plus the return of the legendary Miss Saigon and the hot ticket of 2014, In The Heights at Southwark Playhouse.
I was delighted to see that one of my favourites of last year, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, was also amongst your favourites. It is playing at the Savoy Theatre for a few more weeks (until 7 March 2015) before heading off on a UK tour, so check it out if you haven’t already!
You didn’t love everything you saw though last year. The Harry Hill, X Factor musical I Can’t Sing was amongst your least favoured shows and to my surprise you also weren’t keen on The Commitments, the 80’s jukebox musical, still playing at the Palace Theatre.
2015 is looking set to be a great year for the West End. I’m excited to see the new shows we know are coming and also the ones we don’t know about yet (what ever they may be). The majority of you are looking forward to the Carole King musical Beautiful, the stage adaption of the film Bend It Like Beckham and the Chichester Festival transfer of Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton.
Theatre is such a precious experience and I am humbled to be able to see as many shows as I do, and usually for free! Getting free tickets is lovely but I always think about the people around me who may have paid hundreds of pounds for their ticket and so try to be as quiet and still as possible so that they can enjoy the experience fully. Hopefully you all do the same when you get your tickets from ShowFilmFirst.com.
Speak to you dears soon.