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Old 3 Dec 18, 09:00 PM  
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Donít know if anyone else loves to visit the theatre but I thought I would see if anyone was interested in a social group for theatre lovers.

We live in Wales so we donít go to London to the West End but we regularly visit the Cardiff theatres and smaller theatres in the area. We love all the big musicals, but also smaller productions. We are myself and DH and also DD who is 18. Most of the productions in the area are musicals but we have seen a few non musical productions including the fabulous Of Mice and Men. I do wish there was more opportunities to see more plays similar to this in our area.

Last weekend we saw a good production of Singing In the Rain in Cardiff. A few weeks before we saw the wonderful Wicked musical in the WMC in Cardiff. A few days after Christmas, we are going to see Matilda also at the WMC.

Earlier this year we saw a Spoonful of Sherman which was written by one of the Disney Sherman bros sons about the life and careers of his father and his brother. This was a wonderful performance and we even briefly met the writer after the show as he was sitting behind us during the show. Other shows we have seen this year are The Band (Take That musical which was funny and also quite emotional which was surprising) and Evita which had a wonderful performance of the main character.

I am sure we will be visiting the theatre again next year. We have tickets to see Les Miserables in early 2020 on our wedding anniversary in WMC in Cardiff which I am very excited about. I saw this in London many years ago, and although itís hard to choose just one, I think it is my favourite musical.

Anyone want to add comments on their favourite musicals or plays? Add reviews of plays? Details of touring productions worth looking out for? Would be great to chat about my hobby with other theatre fans 😀
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I saw the band earlier this year and had a great time! It was a brilliant stand alone production/story regardless of the take that music. I had enjoyed the tv show to choose the cast, was surprised at how they were not part of the main feature really-yet how well the lads were written in to the show. Id certainly watch it again.

Saw Aladdin too, it was an enjoyable experience, but I wouldn't rush to see again. But my 6yr old dgs nearly exploded with excitement when it started and that reaction has cost me a fair few quid as he is now coming with us to Florida next year... an unplanned trip so my bank balance is not healthy!

In October watched both parts of the harry potter cursed child one day after another... wow... just wow... cant say anything else apart from the theatre was beautiful too... #keep the secrets 😉

My son and I saw a live screening at the cinema of everyones talking about Jamie, and it was SO good. Its on the hit list to see "in the flesh" when it was over I could hear all the other folk in the cinema praising it too, and its made me keep an eye out for such showings as it was a great alternative to a theatre ticket if you can't afford to go, struggle to find the time, or, as in our case wanted to "try before you buy" as its a lot of money to gamble if your watching pennies to go to London and see something.

I cant recall if other plays I've seen are this year too or not! But I live in Worcester which has its own little theatre, (saw Jekyll and hyde there recently-this feb just gone I think, good play)and Malvern theatre is ten mins away and has some great touring productions-seen hairspray and blood brothers there, also waiting for godot which sir ian mc kellen and patrick Stewart in- cant get much bigger names than those!

Love theatre 😍
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I go to The Lowry and Bridgewater Hall on a regular basis and love it. However this year I've done quite a few screenings at the cinema of operas, plays and ballets which have been fantastic, last week it was the King and I and last night watched The Nutcracker by the Royal Ballet.
Superb and whilst not as good as being in the theatre itself it's still a very enjoyable and inexpensive evening
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If you do find a few people in your area with the same interest bear in mind that many theatres allow group bookings for 10 or more people. This gives discounts and also with some the ability to secure tickets and not have to pay for a few months , plus no booking fees.
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Originally Posted by littlelish0544 View Post
I saw the band earlier this year and had a great time! It was a brilliant stand alone production/story regardless of the take that music. I had enjoyed the tv show to choose the cast, was surprised at how they were not part of the main feature really-yet how well the lads were written in to the show. Id certainly watch it again.

Saw Aladdin too, it was an enjoyable experience, but I wouldn't rush to see again. But my 6yr old dgs nearly exploded with excitement when it started and that reaction has cost me a fair few quid as he is now coming with us to Florida next year... an unplanned trip so my bank balance is not healthy!

In October watched both parts of the harry potter cursed child one day after another... wow... just wow... cant say anything else apart from the theatre was beautiful too... #keep the secrets 😉

My son and I saw a live screening at the cinema of everyones talking about Jamie, and it was SO good. Its on the hit list to see "in the flesh" when it was over I could hear all the other folk in the cinema praising it too, and its made me keep an eye out for such showings as it was a great alternative to a theatre ticket if you can't afford to go, struggle to find the time, or, as in our case wanted to "try before you buy" as its a lot of money to gamble if your watching pennies to go to London and see something.

I cant recall if other plays I've seen are this year too or not! But I live in Worcester which has its own little theatre, (saw Jekyll and hyde there recently-this feb just gone I think, good play)and Malvern theatre is ten mins away and has some great touring productions-seen hairspray and blood brothers there, also waiting for godot which sir ian mc kellen and patrick Stewart in- cant get much bigger names than those!

Love theatre 😍
I agree about The Band, I sort of expected it to be more about the band members but I loved the story it told, made it far more unique than just a story about Take That.

Would love to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, so would DD. Definitely on our want to see list.

We saw the touring production of Blood Brothers last year. Found it really moving. My daughter had studied it for GCSE Drama and played the part of Mrs Lyons so she loved watching this too.

I havenít seen any of the cinema showings of plays but I have noticed posters for them at our local cinema. We will try one as you say, itís a good idea and a cheaper alternative to the theatre.

You are lucky that you have small local theatres too. We have one a few miles away but it seems to put on a lot of stand up comedians, singers or tribute bands and very few plays sadly. So we usually have to go to Cardiff. Although we have seen a few in Newport which is closer and cheaper, so hopefully they will have more productions in the future 😀
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Originally Posted by coggie View Post
I go to The Lowry and Bridgewater Hall on a regular basis and love it. However this year I've done quite a few screenings at the cinema of operas, plays and ballets which have been fantastic, last week it was the King and I and last night watched The Nutcracker by the Royal Ballet.
Superb and whilst not as good as being in the theatre itself it's still a very enjoyable and inexpensive evening
I will have to start visiting the cinema showings as it does sound a good, less expensive choice. We usually get the cheaper seats as we find we still get a good view from these, just a little further back.

DD and I have seen a few ballets live too. We are certainly not dance experts, but they have been beautiful to watch.
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Originally Posted by shack69 View Post
If you do find a few people in your area with the same interest bear in mind that many theatres allow group bookings for 10 or more people. This gives discounts and also with some the ability to secure tickets and not have to pay for a few months , plus no booking fees.
This is a great idea for a larger group. We just paid in full for our Les Mis tickets and we arenít going until January 2020 😀 Was a bit difficult to find the money just before Xmas but desperately wanted to go for our wedding anniversary. We find booking direct with the theatre cuts out booking fees usually too.
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We live in London and go as often as we can. Unfortunately half our salary goes on rent (before you take into account bills, food and travel, as well as our expensive elderly kitty!) so we can't go as often as we would like.

However, we belong to a theatre club that gets unsold seats at short notice, so we have seen a lot of smaller shows for £5 each at the last minute.

Just booked for Company for my birthday later this month, and Bat Out Of Hell for our usual Boxing Day treat - the centre of London is pretty much empty on Boxing Day and we've had some real bargains. Those four tickets cost us less than £100 in total!
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Yes!

Live about 1hr 20 from a tube stop so London is generally a go to, ticket prices are starting to get a bit eye watering of late.

Booked for next year is Come From Away (pressie for mum and best friend)
Betrayal (Tom Hiddleston... was a must to see him on stage for friend and I)

Will be looking to get Dear Evan Hanson tickets and really want to see Hamilton again with the second London cast!

Also want to see cursed child again, the staging and magic is wonderful!

(Can you tell musicals are my thing haha!)

I think the theatre live screenings are fantastic, a great way for theatre to be a bit more accessible!

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Went to see rock of ages does that count?
Only bit if theatre Iíve seen for a long long time. Went last week and before that when I was pregnant with my first.
Last week was good.
First one was better 4.5yrs ago. Dunno if thatís coz my little one was having a party in my tummy the whole time.
Loved that night. Dunno why but itís a night I remember very fondly
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