The London Notebook – Let’s Talk West End Shows

Welcome to a brand new Feature on the Phoenix Remix! One thing we really enjoy writing about is Travel and we have decided to expand on the writing we are doing about the topic! Whilst we are still keeping in the tradition of making our Tuesday Lunchtime articles inspired by a book it is also going to welcome Travel Tuesdays!

I have lived in London the majority of my life and it is a city that I have always been fascinated by because it doesn’t matter how many time you visit, you see something new.

Our brand new article is inspired by questions from a book called London Journal by Paperchase and each week we will look at different areas and topics about London! So, I hope you enjoy and lets kick things off!

London Quote of the Week

You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.

Samuel Johnson

This Weeks Topic: Shows I Have Seen on the West End

I love West End Shows but I sadly don’t go to see them as much as I should. I usually go to the West End if I really fancy a show and sometimes it because we thought we would give the concept. Here is a handful of the shows I have seen but I really should make it my duty to go more.


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Out of all the musicals I have seen this is one of my favourites it was just so funny. Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound were so good in this and it was just a great show to watch. I really wish there was a soundtrack for this particular version and I loved hearing them perform. It is a musical that was a lot of fun and just so entertaining. The musical also at times broke down the fourth wall which was really surprising, clever and very funny.

Singin’ in the Rain

This is one of my favourite films so when the opportunity came to see it on West End I HAD to go. Whilst it obviously wasn’t the original, it was still a very good adaption. It was uplifting, it was fun, whilst parts of it had changed it was still very well performed and yes, we did get wet in the audience.

We Will Rock You

We got these tickets not really knowing what to expect from a musical based on Queen music so we didn’t really go with any expectations. It was actually very good and I really enjoyed it.


This was the first show I ever saw on the West End and i remember both me and my mum sitting there in the break, looking at each other, wondering what an earth was going on. It was a very confusing show and still not sure even now how I feel about it.

Plays I have Seen

The Mentalists

My friend is a huge fan of Stephen Merchant and so she wanted to see him in West End at his first ever show debut. I saw him do his stand up live a few years before and being a huge Ricky Gervais Podcast fan I agreed to go along as well. I found the play ok but it was a tad confusing at times.

The Betrayal

I am going to be honest – I saw discount tickets for the first few opening weeks of the Betrayal starring Tom Hiddleston and I decided to go. I had no idea what the play was really about, I just thought it was the perfect time to see one of the UKs biggest actors (At the time) for cheap. I knew if he was in it there would be the right balance of comedy or drama because he can adapt to both. I ended up enjoying the play more then I thought even though it was serious and also gained an interest in Harold Pinters work with an aim now to actually sit and read his plays.

Noises Off

I went and saw this play with a fellow improviser last year, they didn’t tell me anything about it, they just told me to come along. Whilst this isn’t on Broadway (it was in Hammersmith) I really enjoyed it and it was so funny. A very clever show.

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