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COMPETITION: win a copy of ‘Balancing Acts’ by Nicholas Hytner.

Nicholas Hytner
Balancing Acts by Nicholas Hytner

Balancing Acts by Nicholas Hytner

Well, it’s that time of the year when I like to run a competition and, as luck would have it, Balancing Acts by Nicholas Hytner has come my way in order to draw attention to the fact that Hytner’s got a new book knocking around at the moment.

Balancing Acts is the inside story of Nicholas Hytner‘s twelve years at the helm of the National Theatre, apparently.
 To win a copy of this book all you need to do is sign up in the box below

Every day’s an adventure here at www.mrcarlwoodward.com

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Interview with Matthew Jenkins, winner of X Factor Live tour event ( Bournemouth International Centre) ticket contest

Matthew Jenkins

Matthew Jenkins is the winner of the ticket contest we ran for X Factor tour event at Bournemouth International Centre last month. He works as Senior Account Manager at Darren Northeast PR Ltd which is is one of the South’s leading Award winning PR agencies. Keeping in with our tradition of interviewing our contest winners -here’s a little tête-à-tête with Matt Jenkins.

Matthew Jenkins

Matthew Jenkins

 Your thoughts on Carl’s website
Carl’s website is fantastic. It’s my go-to for all things theatre-related… unfortunately, in my busy job I don’t get to see theatre as much as I’d like but Carl manages to keep me up to date with the theatre world!

How much of an X-Factor buff are you?
To be honest, I’ve not watched X-Factor in years… I think when I last watched X-Factor Rhydian was still relevant! However, my auntie and little cousin absolutely love the X-Factor and so I thought I’d enter on the off chance I’d win the tickets for them.
They were wowed by the show and my aunties favourite was Sara who she said was fantastic… oh and Honey G of course!

Bournemouth theatre scene – your thoughts.
I think the Bournemouth theatre scene is great. We’re privileged to have the likes of the BIC, The Pavilion, and The Lighthouse on our doorstep for big national productions. However, I also grew up watching shows at The Regent Centre and still have soft spot for it. The Shelley Theatre is great too, it has a unique atmosphere. We also have some fantastic amateur dramatics locally – I’m a big fan of Theatre 2000!

What kind of theatre do you like?
I’m not picky! I studied Theatre as part of my degree and so I’d like to think I’ve got quite an eclectic taste. From musical theatre (love The Lion King!) to Shakespeare to Beckett!

Last play that you watched? Your views on that play.
One of the most recent plays I watched was ‘Curious Incident of the Dog In the Nighttime’, which was outstanding. The set pieces, staging and lighting to the story and actors were just superb.

Present day Theatre PR – your views
I think present day Theatre PR with the likes of social media has become much more interactive. Real communities are built around certain performances through social media as we can follow the journeys of the cast and crew and really feel part of the show before and after the curtain is called.

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Sign up to win tickets to The X Factor Live Tour 2017, Bournemouth International Centre, 6th March

The X Factor Live Tour 2017

THIS CONTEST IS OVER 

You’ve joined them on their journey from the judges’ room auditions to the arena, been on the edge of your sofa during the dramatic six-chair challenge and Bootcamp, travelled to Judges’ Houses, tuned in to see the starlets transform in the live studio shows…and now is your chance to see your favourite acts live in person as they embark on The X Factor 2017 Live Tour.  We’re giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to see the show at Bournemouth International Centre. Winner will be announced on 2 March 18:00 Hrs GMT.

Sign up to be part of the luck draw for 2 tickets to The X Factor 2017 Live Tour performance at Bournemouth International Centre on 6th March’17

The top eight acts taking to the stage on this year’s live arena tour are: 5 After Midnight, Emily Middlemas, Four of Diamonds, Matt Terry, Ryan Lawrie, Saara Aalto, Sam Lavery and Honey G!

The X Factor Live Tour 2017

The X Factor Live Tour 2017

Beginning in Nottingham on February 23, The X Factor Live Tour 2017 will travel to Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Sheffield, Manchester, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Newcastle, Leeds, Belfast, Dublin and Brighton, with contestants performing classic hits and viewers’ favourites from the TV series this year.

Attended by more than three million people so far, The X Factor Live Tour has been one of the most successful annual arena tours in the UK for the last 12 years. Tickets are on sale now. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this year’s stars live in an arena near you.

For more information to go www.itv.com/xfactor

Ts and Cs

1.The prize is non-transferable, no whole/part cash alternatives.

2. Regretfully, in the event that the event/concert is cancelled by the artist/promoter, tickets for alternative events/concerts, will not be provided to the winners.

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Winner of Curtain Call lucky draw Michael Simkins: “The book captures better than any previous book – the rackety, temporary and yet deeply tribal world of theatre life behind the curtain.”

Michael Simkins

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in our “Sign up to win a copy of CURTAIN CALL: A YEAR BACKSTAGE IN LONDON THEATRE” lucky draw. The winner of our competition is Mr Michael Simkins . He is a theatre actor and  based out of London.

Keeping in with our tradition (of interviewing the winners of contests/lucky draw on our website), here’s our Q&A with Mr Michael Simkins

Michael Simkins

Michael Simkins

Carl’s website
I like its eclectic nature. The photos are of course sublime, the interviews are often unexpected, both in their subject matter and scope, and you can often pick up some hot leads on forthcoming productions – always useful in this brutal business where a  few hours can make all the difference to getting seen or not.  I liked the piece on preparing for pantomime in Bournemouth last Christmas.

 Curtain Call: A Year Backstage In London Theatre is exquisite and exceptional
The book captures better than any previous book  – the rackety,  temporary and yet deeply tribal world of theatre life behind the curtain. There’s nothing stagey or luvvie-esque about the images, instead they reflect perfectly the odd life of the actor when they’re not onstage – indeed, often the individuals in the photos look pre-occupied, bored or just staring into space – as of course is the case, theatre life being a microcosm of life outside. But the photos also capture perfectly the glamour, the excitement, the wonderful camraderie – and the sheer love – of doing the job, for those lucky enough to have the chance to do so. In other words its a 360 degree portrait of the life of the average – and not so average actor.

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR COPY OF Curtain Call: A Year Backstage in London Theatre (Great offer on right now) 

What I feel strongly about when it comes to British Theatre industry…
As if life wasn’t tough enough already, the theatre industry is changing before our eyes. It’s younger, more challenging, quirky, and with far less clearly defined career path.  New ways of acting, of writing, of designing, casting and directing. Thus I often hear actors of my vintage – 50 plus , let’s say, complaining about how it’s all going to the dogs – but in fact it’s exactly how the theatre industry should be. Theatre must constantly evolve if it’s to survive, and the trick for actors of all generations is to adapt, to roll with the changes, and to celebrate the unpredictability and evolving trends. Note to self really – stop droning on about the good old days and realise that we’re still living in them – we just cant always see it that way…

Though, having said that –  there’s one hobby horse of mine that I detest and hate, one which is much more prevalent nowadays. I speak of directors / casting directors / producers etc  NOT bothering to put you out of your misery when you haven’t been chosen. Has  this trend been imported, like so much else, from hollywood and Broadway? This lack of consideration happens so much now, and it only adds unnecessarily to the brutality of the business. There’s no excuse for it – 7 digits on a  phone pad and a one word ‘I’m sorry, your client didn’t get it’ to your agent, and with this simple act of kindness  you set us FREE from worrying about whether we’re still ‘in the mix’ or not. !! Yet nowadays it so often happens that actors, having put so much effort into learning words, attending multiple recalls etc etc, are dispensed with without even this 30 second courtesy. It’s the one aspect of the business that has undoubtedly degenerated in recent years. And it does nobody any credit.

Whats weighing on my mind right now
Like many, I am profoundly unsettled by Brexit, which I think might be completely calamitous for the UK – indeed, possible its death-knell. And I worry deeply about a man so apparently lacking in human kindness as Donald Trump being in the White House. But we have to all remember that climate change and environmental degradation is a far more terrifying prospect than anything offered up by current political realignments , and its already on the horizon. As I write this even London, where I live,  is suffering a smog alert , and if the climate indeed alters as experts predict, it will make our current concerns – Brexit, Syria, international trade deals – look like a kids tea party.  Someone, somewhere , has to push this to the job of the agenda, and make all countries realise that if the worst occurs, we’re all done for – east, west, rich , poor, capitalist or socialist.

Cheers!

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Sign up to win a copy of CURTAIN CALL: A YEAR BACKSTAGE IN LONDON THEATRE

In this beautiful and groundbreaking book the reader is invited to go backstage with photographer Matt Humphrey and actor John Schwab as they present a side to London theatre that’s never before been portrayed. It is – quite frankly – truly remarkable to get a peek behind the scenes at some of our greatest performers doing their thing at our most treasured venues.

Here’s your chance to win a copy of this exquisite book. Sign up in the form below to take part in our lucky draw to choose the winner. Winner announcement on 25 January 2017

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“It’s genuinely the most captivating photography of theatre as an art form I have even seen.” – Huffington Post, UK.

“Any theatre lover, anybody that goes to the theatre would love to have this book.” – David Suchet CBE, Actor

“These photographs capture the life of a show much more than pictures of the show itself.” Juliet Stevenson, Actress

“You really get a sense of theatre in all its beauty, glamour – but all its hard work.” Noma Dumezweni, Actress

Containing exclusive photography of Nicole Kidman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Imelda Staunton, Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas, Mark Strong and many more stars of the West End stage. There are numerous exclusive features of shows including interviews, such as Billy Elliot the MusicalHamletCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryGypsyA View From The Bridge and other award-winning productions.

With unparalleled access throughout the year, take a journey behind the scenes via Humphrey’s striking reportage-style imagery and Schwab’s revealing, insightful interviews. A visually stunning celebration of almost sixty productions, from innovative new works to time-tested family favourites, Curtain Call’s inaugural book presents a vivid record of an extraordinary year in London theatre.

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Winner of Gypsy DVD lucky draw DeeDee Doke “I’ve loved “Gypsy” since I was a little girl. It’s all about ambition and reaching for the stars — in any way you can.”

DeeDee Doke

We ran “Win a Gypsy DVD” contest on the website in  November. The Gypsy DVD – courtesy of Universal Pictures. We are absolutely delighted with the level of response that the contest generated both  on the website and on our twitter handle. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who signed up to participate in the lucky draw.

DeeDee Doke

DeeDee Doke

In our effort to look at our theatre audiences beyond the “theatre audience” we put a few questions to our winners.  Having readers’ perspective about theatre and their love for theatre is both  enlightening and inspiring. Needless to say DeeDee did not disappoint. We hadn’t imagined our GYPSY DVD lucky draw would throw up someone so completely immersed, captivated and in love with British Theatre in general and Gypsy to boot.

Here’s how the Q&A  with her went…

Carl’s website 
Sophisticated, aesthetically pleasing site; I particularly like the use of images and how they’re played, and the images themselves. The content is crisp, not too dense or ‘luvvie’. I look forward to its further growth and  development.

Theatre, musicals and more 
I was introduced to theatre and musicals as a toddler, and nothing excites me as much as the opening of an onstage curtain – I love the enhanced reality, the storytelling, and with my favourite musicals, songs that I both love to hear and sing. My favourite form of entertainment — theatre, whether ‘straight plays’ or musicals. I love being in the audience; I also love performing.

Why Gypsy and what about Gypsy  
I’ve loved “Gypsy” since I was a little girl. It’s all about ambition and reaching for the stars — in any way you can. I loved the power, the style, the glamour and the amazing human story of thwarted and vicarious ambition. Every single song is so strong. And omigod, what an overture! I love the vehemence of “Rose’s Turn” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”, and the wistfulness of “Little Lamb”. What characters — Rose of course, Herbie, Miss Mazeppa the Stripper, and Gypsy/Louise herself. When Louise is transformed into Gypsy, there’s such a sense that Louise has finally found her destiny, and she’s helpless to stop it — even if she wanted to, which I don’t think she does.

Favourite song from Gypsy
My favourite “Gypsy” soundtrack: I thought nothing could ever overtake the original Ethel Merman soundtrack, but the latest featuring Imelda Staunton is just staggering. I think her interpretations of Rose’s songs are my favourite but I love Sandra Church’s rendition of “Little Lamb”.

Me and British Theatre  
I can hardly put it into words. I love British theatre, revel in every production I see — whether it’s effective or not — and believe it is giving rise to some of the world’s most imaginative and revelatory productions of plays old and new. I feel so lucky to get to experience it first-hand. It’s truly one of the finest gifts we offer the world.

 

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#TheatreMusingsTickets Festive Offer – Lucky draw on 15 and 30 December, win gift voucher

Theatre Musings Tickets Festive Offer

FESTIVE OFFER ENDED ON 30 DECEMBER

2 Steps to participating in our Festive special lucky draw:

1. If you are signed up to any of our mailing list, great! If not signed up, you can do so using the form below or simply follow us at @TheatreMTickets 
2. Shop for your theatre tickets at theatremusings.ltdtickets.com 

And  you are part of our festive special lucky draw for Amazon Gift Vouchers (worth £20) on 15 and 30 December. Expect lucky draw winner announcements on 15  and 30  December. Winner(s) announcement dependent on participation.

Winner(s) can choose to claim the Amazon Gift Voucher or nominate a charity that will receive a donation of the equivalent amount from us.

You can read more about the winner announcement for the 25 November lucky draw  HERE

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Theatre Musings Festive Offer – winner announcement for the 25 November lucky draw

Theatre Musings Festive Offer
Theatre Musings Festive Offer

Theatre Musings Festive Offer. Click on the image to know more.

We are running the festive offer to encourage the purchase of tickets from our affiliate link theatremusings.ltdtickets.com 
You can find more details HERE

Our winner for the 25 November draw is Lona Hinshaw. The prize was Amazon Gift Voucher worth £20 pounds which Lona requested we convert to a donation for nspcc.org.uk a leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands.

Undoubtedly a very sweet gesture on Lona’s part and a beautiful and kind way to kick off the festive season,  for us too.

 

 

A Q &A  with our first lucky draw winner Lona:

Lona Hinshaw

Lona Hinshaw

Carl’s blog…
covers a variety of shows in a way that sparks my interest. The interviews especially are engaging,  from  theatremakers and specialists who are innovative, passionate and making their mark in there own field. A few unexpected fun questions and the ensuing answers are a joy to read.

Love for theatre and her first theatre experience 
Going to the theatre is a communal and in the moment experience, something unique that cannot be recreated even when seeing the same play again. It’s the intimacy felt with the stage and being let into a world that you normally can’t or are too afraid to go into, but it’s safe to explore, becuase you’re with the characters and the rest of the audience. Sometimes it’s a world you didn’t even realise existed and that’s the best part. Not fully knowing what to expect and coming away with a different way of thinking and seeing, being inspired.

My first theatre experience was Peter & the Wolf. It was instrumental with puppets and left a lasting impression in my mind. It took me into another world in a way that movies, tv, and books did not. It seemed to combine the visual and oral aspects of movies and tv, without spoonfeeding everything, allowing imagination and intimacy to flourish in the way that books do.

Buying from affiliate link
User friendly – with a well organised interface. More importantly – its a way for me to support content/website that I enjoy.

Our festive offer is on for whole of December. 15 and 30 December are the lucky winner announcements.
Shop for your tickets  at theatremusings.ltdtickets.com  and sign up for our mailing list – you will be eligible to participate in our lucky draw.
And if you would want to convert your Amazon Gift Voucher ( when you win one)  into a gift for  UK based charity of your choice we would be happy to do that.

As a winner you get to feature on our blog too!

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Theatre Musings Festive Offer. Click on the image to shop for your theatre tickets

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Your chance to win a Gypsy DVD -Competition closed, Winner announcement soon

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THE COMPETITION IS CLOSED. WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT SOON

Well, it’s that time of the year when I would like to run a GYPSY competition and, as luck would have it, Universal Pictures have chucked a DVD my way in order to draw attention to the fact that GYPSY is available to buy on DVD and digital download from November 28.

In order to stand a chance of winning all you have to do is submit your email address in the sign up bar below. The promo is being run for UK residents only.

Gypsy DVD Cover Image

Gypsy DVD Cover Image

Awarded with an Olivier Award® for her role as Momma Rose, Imelda Staunton (Maleficent, The Harry Potter Series) gives “the performance of her career” in Jonathan Kent’s dazzling revival. Lara Pulver (Edge of Tomorrow, Spooks), reprises her “stunning” role as Louise and they are joined by Peter Davison (Law and Order: UK) as Herb, in this gloriously entertaining musical fable that features show stopping choreography from Stephen Mear.
Gypsy is based on memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, a famous striptease artist back in 1957, and focuses on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with “the ultimate show business mother”. It follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life.
Featuring the classic songs “Let Me Entertain You,” “Rose’s Turn” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and music by Jule Styne, this moving and scintillating production of Gypsy was the first to be seen in London for 40 years.

And that is that.