I've recently discovered the Tyne Theatre & Opera House and it's quickly turned into an obsession!
Not only is the theatre a Grade I listed building that's been entertaining families in Newcastle since 1867 but it also has a fantastic amount of shows on throughout the year. I'm kicking myself for having not discovered it sooner but am eager to play catch up and will probably be spending the majority of next year at the Tyne watching plays, musicals and comedians (little tip - book yourself a ticket for Avenue Q next year, you will thank me!).
When I lived in London evenings in the West End catching a show were one of my favourite things to do but since relocating to the North East it's a hobby that's very much taken a back seat - until now! This week I rediscovered my passion for the stage with a trip to the Tyne Theatre to see an amateur production of Legally Blonde.
Based on the book and popular film starring Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde tells the story of popular sorority girl Elle Woods whose main focus in life is to wear as much pink as possible and marry long term boyfriend Warner. Living in a happy bubble Elle lives her life from party to party until one day the love of her life dumps her for not being serious enough. Determined to win him back Elle follows him to Harvard Law School but can a girl who's always cared more about her hair and nails than school really make it as a law student?
Legally Blonde works so well on stage as a musical and as soon as the opening bars of catchy tune "Omigod You Guys" start you know the songs will be stuck in your head for days to come. The dialogue is quick and witty with jokes aplenty to ensure that the show will appeal to all.
The audience at the Tyne Theatre particularly loved the UPS delivery man who got everyone feeling a little hot under the collar and the all singing and dancing court room scene went down a treat.
Having seen the nation's sweetheart, Sheridan Smith in the lead role many years ago I was a little worried how the West End Musical Theatre Co production would compare but the show is definitely in safe hands with Cheryl Moody in the role of Elle Woods putting in a great performance. Cheryl's comedic timing was spot on and the whole audience fell for Elle the second she came on stage. Biggest applause of the night went to Nicola Hewett in the role of Paulette who did an outstanding vocal in her solo song "Ireland".
Legally Blonde gave me a night of every emotion and I was completely immersed in the story, so much so I was blinking back the tears during the title song "Legally Blonde" and left wishing I could see the show again before it ends.
You can get a ticket for Legally Blonde for as little as £12.00. The show is on until Saturday (28th November) so make sure you grab a ticket now!