I think I might have a new musical obsession, and it’s come from a more unlikely source. I saw Half a Sixpence at the Noel Coward theatre for the second time on Saturday and I am now officially hooked. The soundtrack has been brightening up my commute ever since. I’m not the only person to fall for this show – it just won two big ‘What’s On Stage’ awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Both are very well deserved!

Read on to find out what I thought of this musical and why I think you should book your tickets soon.

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I’ve had some great theatre experiences in my life, from seeing Newsies on Broadway to sitting on the front row for Miss Saigon and Wicked. But this one night in a tiny off-West End theatre in Kings Cross was probably better than all of them. Thanks to my theatre-nerd friend Carrie, I ended up with a ticket to see the last ever London performance of In The Heights. Yes, we had bad seats right at the side, but the atmosphere was everything. To top it all off, composer of both In The Heights and Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda (aka my idol) showed up and I could not handle it.

What a night!

Read on for all the highlights.

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Since moving to London just over a year ago, I’ve seen 16 musicals. It’s fair to say that I’m a little bit obsessed!

Now that people are starting to realise just how often I head to the theatre, I’ve had a fair few people asking me to recommend a show for them. It’s always tough, especially because different shows will suit very different people. I’ve decided to try to answer this questions through a handy blog post of my top 10 favourite shows ever. Not all of them are still showing in London but a lot of them are.

I’ve also ranked them in order. The top four are practically all my favourites, but I’ve managed to put them into a hierarchy. What do you think will claim the top spot?

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Big news, everyone! This travel blogger is actually going on a trip, and she’s going next week. Yes, Faraway Lisa Mae is heading not-too-far-away and hopping on a plane to Rome for a long weekend. I’ve never been to the city before and I am very excited to see the sights and eat endless amounts of pizza, pasta, and gelato.

All in all, this week has been long. A very sleep-deprived, draining and rollercoaster-like week. I’ve actually learned a few things this week. One is that I need to cut myself some slack when I’m feeling under the weather, and another is that I still function incredibly badly after missing out on sleep. But it was good to be reminded that I am capable of staying up until 5am when the need calls for it.

I went to Manchester to see my uni pals at the weekend and it totally messed up my week, after an incredibly delayed journey home meant I missed my regular run and then I couldn’t face putting my 6.15am alarm on to get out and pound the pavements of London. But the weekend was worth it overall.

On Monday, one of my oldest and loveliest friends and I went to see Showstoppers: The Improvised Musical. It’s not one of the more well-known pieces of theatre currently showing, but don’t let that put you off. We had a great time and I couldn’t stop laughing.

Without further ado, let me tell you about my week.

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As you may have already realised, I love musicals, and since I live in London I have access to some of the world’s best shows right on my doorstep. Last night I was lucky enough to have amazing seats to see Kinky Boots in the Adelphi Theatre. I’d heard great things about it, and my expectations were definitely met and then surpassed. The name has put off a few people I know, but it’s a lot more than some fabulous drag queens. This show might just have the biggest heart in the West End.

Some of my other decisions have been more questionable this week. After the relative success of my first ever race when I did a 10k in May, I’ve decided to step up my game. There’s nothing like a ridiculous challenge to motivate me, and this is definitely one of them. The next few months are going to be tough.

Read on to find out what I’ve gone and done this time…

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