The 16th Annual What's On Stage Awards (#WOSAwards) Winners

Tonight at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London's West End, theatrical website heavyweight What's On Stage hosted their 16th Annual What's On Stage Awards - the only major awards ceremony in the theatrical calendar that is entirely voted for by the public! Below is a list of the night's winners in order of announcement:

A Truly Beautiful Masterpiece: RED VELVET at the Garrick

I'm really loving Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's season at the Garrick, but what makes RED VELVET - the latest play in the season - so special is that it's a West End transfer of a show that has been around for a very long time. Red Velvet started its life at the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn back in Winter 2012. With Adrian Lester at the helm, the play was held in high critical acclaim and after a short run in New York at St Ann's Warehouse in early 2014, the show is now in the West End.

An Irresistable Classic: GUYS AND DOLLS at the Savoy

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I love nothing more than a classic American musical and GUYS AND DOLLS is just that. Full of ├╝ber famous musical theatre hits with a fable story to match, this show is a success every single time it is revived or produced in the English speaking world. But what makes this Chichester Festival Theatre revival so much better than the other productions, and what makes *this* Guys and Dolls a production you should be spending your money on?

TheatreBoard: A New Discussion Forum for Theatre Fans

I love interacting with people who read what I write on LondonTheatreDirect or on either of my own blogs and it's always nice to see Andy Hickling pop up every now and then for a chat. A few weeks back though, Andy pointed me in the direction of a project he was working on with some theatre friends and on Friday, the project was fully launched to the general public... and I am obsessed.

Hilarious and Heartwarming: HAND TO GOD at the Vaudeville

I love when a show I've been waiting to come into the West End finally comes into London and HAND TO GOD is a prime example of that; when the show opened in London and I saw teens and young adults alike describe this comedy romp as "a blend between Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon" - two shows that I love very much - I was intrigued. 

God, That's Good! The Bloody History of 'SWEENEY TODD'

In my opinion, Sondheim is one of the greatest geniuses to have ever walked this planet and proof of this doesn't come as blindingly obvious as it comes in the form of his 1979 musical thriller, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. For his work on this amazing show, he took home a Tony for Best Original Score and its clear his work on this project is what makes it so popular to this day.

The Ultimate Live Television Musical: Fox's 'GREASE LIVE!'

When FOX announced their plans for GREASE LIVE! just ahead of NBC's The Wiz Live airing last year, I was skeptical: despite the fact that I think that this is a fantastic choice of musical for this medium, the whole concept came across as tacky and yet another lazy attempt at making this genre try to work, which I really don't think that it has done in the past.

6 West End Shows I'm Looking Forward to Seeing in 2016

To say that I am excited for theatre in 2016 is an understatement: I am almost shaking with excitement for saying that these shows are coming to the West End, never mind the fact that they will all be here in 5 months time! So, to channel that passion I have into something much more worth while, I thought I'd count you down on what I'm most looking forward to seeing in the W.E. in 2016...