Wednesday, 20 January 2016

A Day in London (Fire & Stone, Wicked and The Theatre Café's 1st Birthday!)

On Saturday my friend Tabitha and I had a trip to London to celebrate her birthday (even though it was a few months ago!). We got the train about 10am because we decided to make a day of our trip and headed into London. We had a very busy day planned and so we were incredibly excited!

We began the day by a little bit of shopping, (including me popping into Mac, watch out for a blog post soon about one of the Lipsticks I picked up). Then we had lunch at one of my absolute favourite places to eat in London: Fire and Stone. It's a Pizza Restaurant that takes inspiration from different countries in the world to create gourmet pizzas; I had the New York pizza and Tabitha had the London one.

But the main part of our trip came next: a trip to see Wicked. I am a huge fan of musical theatre, and Wicked has been one of the longstanding favourites in my eyes. This trip even made it the third time I've seen it! As soon as I stepped foot out of the Victoria Tube Station my eyes saw the Apollo Victoria Theatre and my excitement truly grew. I definitely couldn't miss my chance to take photos outside; I know, I'm a total tourist; then it was time for us to take our seats. We were in the Dress Circle Row Q and we still had a pretty good view!

Wicked is based on the 1995 novel 'Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West' and is the 'untold' version of before, during and after The Wizard of Oz. They describe it as:

"Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first met as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba.

Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda's unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power wile Elphaba's determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have an unexpected and shocking consequences for her future.

Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West."
I had very high expectations for Wicked, after seeing it twice already, and it certainly didn't disappoint! It was as flawless as previous times I've seen it and the music was just as exciting as previous visits. The performers left me overwhelmed and re-installed the feeling into me of why I'm training to be in musical theatre! Looking around the theatre, the audience around me also looked captivated from their powerful, emotional and funny performances.

After the show, we decided to visit the Theatre Café because it was their 1st Birthday and we were eager to get involved in the action at their Shafesbury Avenue location. Throughout the day there were performances from people in the Musical Theatre Industry and when we arrived Carrie Hope Fletcher was there! If you have read my previous post about my trip to see Les Misérables you will know that I'm a huge fan and I even met her back in ... It was amazing to see her again and watch her sing.

The atmosphere was incredible as it was packed; you can see from the video above just how many people were squeezed into the Café. It was great to sing songs from Musicals with other Musical Theatre fans and I thoroughly enjoyed myself as always! 

Then we traveled back to the train station by tube to go home. We had an amazing day and I hope you enjoyed reading what we got up to on Saturday. Thank you for reading,

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