Wicked UK Tour – Leeds Grand Theatre

amy ross as elphaba, wearing all black and standing looking up at stage right with hands together

Expectations: 5/5

Reality: 5/5

Chronic illness friendly: 4/5

Let me begin this review by admitting a huge bias: you’d be hard pushed to find me saying a bad word about Wicked. It was younger Pippa’s obsession, resulting in it being the first West End show I ever saw, and the one that’s consistently stayed my favourite all these years later. There’s something utterly magical about Wicked, and this production at Leeds Grand Theatre certainly didn’t disappoint. View Post

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Hamilton West End at Victoria Palace Theatre

pippa sitting in theatre seat, holding up hamilton programme and smiling

Expectations: 5/5

Reality: 5/5

Chronic illness friendly: 4.5/5 (keep scrolling for my review!)

When a show is so critically acclaimed and adored by so many, there’s always the worry that when you see it for yourself, you’re going to be disappointed. HOWEVER, I’m relieved to say that my ambitiously high expectations of Hamilton were most definitely met when I finally got to witness the spectacle for myself. I’m writing this review a mere 48 hours after seeing the show and it feels like I’m still processing what I saw- the emotional impact seems to be hitting me harder now, as I’m reflecting on the performance, than during the performance itself. And in my opinion, that’s what makes for a great musical: something that completely consumes you, even after you exit the theatre. View Post

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Stages At Sea Musical Theatre Cruise By Floating Festivals

poster advert reading 'throwback at sea' on the left, and 'stages at sea' on the right, with an image of a cruise ship

The UK musical theatre scene is truly leading the pack at the moment. We have a thriving West End, wonderful UK tours, heightened interest in community and inclusive theatre, and now… a musical theatre cruise. Yes, you did hear that right.

Later this year, Floating Festivals are premiering two cruises onboard Royal Caribbean’s luxurious Navigator of the Seas – Throwback: a party-fuelled three-night cruise celebrating all things 80s, and Stages: a four-night immersive cruise experience with musical theatre appreciation at its’ core. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE.   View Post

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A Weekend With The Olivier Awards 2018

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This year, I was nominated and chosen as a winner for the Olivier Awards’ #BeInspired Award 2018. I had the opportunity to attend the Oliviers to walk the red carpet and collect my award, as well as party with the stars and be treated like a princess for the night with a stay at a five-star hotel. As you can imagine, it really was a once in a lifetime weekend, so I hope you don’t mind me telling you all about it…

Back when my best friend Izzy nominated me for the 2018 #BeInspired awards, we literally had a conversation about how unlikely it was that I would win. We looked back at last year’s winners, mutually agreed that “well… it was worth a try”, and went for a McDonalds. When, a few weeks later, my phone madly started vibrating with calls, texts and WhatsApps from Iz, naturally I assumed that either something terrible had happened, or that she’d just found a particularly good baby goat video on the internet.

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