Today (Friday), dear readers, I am writing to you from London, from St Martin’s Lane in the heart of the West End. I have been hobnobbing like you wouldn’t believe, in order to seek out shows and collaborations for The Broadway. This is my second visit to London this week to meet with producers, all of whom are enthusiastic about The Broadway and the possibilities it holds. We are going to work together to unlock its potential and make it a centre for theatre and entertainment.
On Tuesday I was at the Young Vic to discuss a show for kids where they can get involved, play with balloons and help to tell the story. It sounds great fun (I want a ticket!) and I am hopeful that we will be able to find a slot for it in The Broadway Suite. The same producer also offered an all-female Shakespeare (in the same manner as the Donmar) so that is something worth considering and exploring, and we are looking at booking it in for 2019!
Today’s meetings have been even more promising and successful. I met with a delightful producer, Jamie, to discuss his current projects as well as how we can work together and bring bigger and better shows to the stage at The Broadway. I am excited for the theatre’s future and thrilled to be able to be part of it. Jamie will be coming up to Peterborough on Saturday 16th December for the gala night for Aladdin.
Everything is in full panto swing with the rehearsals just around the corner. The cast are back in the building on Saturday, to get into costume before heading into the town centre to be part of the Christmas light switch on. Look out for us from 3.00pm (ten points to anyone who gets a photo with Twanky!)
Wednesday was a highlight for me. 15th November this year was #LoveTheatreDay, an initiative run by The Stage. During the day we had Peterborough Regional College in the building, making a film (in fact they were in for three days this week) and New College Stamford came in for a backstage tour and to discuss how they could get involved in the venue.
In the evening we hosted theatre societies from around the city. Mask Theatre gave us a sneak peak of their upcoming production Dunsinane while Drama on Tap gave us what can only be described as a ‘contemporary piece.’ Make of that what you will (it was brilliant!)
Revellers and Westwood gave us an account of their societies and their histories, and afterwards we all went up to Walter’s Bar and Eatery to mingle and talk about theatre. What could be better!?
Tomorrow, Saturday, as well as the light switch-on we also have a private event in The Broadway Suite and Sean Lock will be live on stage. There are only a few tickets left, so be quick if you want to catch him.
Next week looks to be equally busy and every more exciting. I am working on a transfer of a show for next year and have everything crossed I can make it happen. Watch this space.
Until next time…