She introduced me to the book, and then bought me a special copy for my 21st, so it's really fitting that I see it with her. If you have the chance, you should definitely give it a read and get tickets for the show. Autism is something that is close to my family's heart so it has special significance to us but I think everyone would enjoy it. I've heard amazing reviews about London's show so I'm delighted to see that they are bringing it up north.
However, it also got me thinking about what else I'd like to see at the theatre. I've seen a couple with my parents but there are still so many more on the bucket list. I feel as someone in my twenties, I should be spending more time getting cultured up rather than sitting at home with a Netflix documentary or sat in the pub.
About it: Ex-convict Jean Valjean is hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
My mum has always loved Les Miserables but I have to admit it wasn't until the film was released that I also got on board. It's a fantastic story about rebellion, though Marius is potentially the whimpiest lead ever, and I would love to see it on the stage. I know a few people that have been to see it and they said it was incredible, especially Javier's performance towards the end.
About it: Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba.
'Defying Gravity' is one of my favourite songs and I've never even seen the musical. However, I have a pretty good idea about the plot and is one that has always intrigued me immensely. It came to Leeds not too long ago but sold out in the blink of an eye, which was pretty awful. However, I will keep my eyes peeled for it coming back. I love anything with strong female leads so this will be right up my street.
About it: Hairspray brings to life the bubbly character of Tracy Turnblad and her love of dancing. The pleasantly plump teenager dreams of becoming a star on the Corny Collins Dance Show and changing the way 1960’s American Society is segregated.
I was a big fan of the John Travolta film when it came out a few years ago and I think it's just such a feel-good film that just makes you walk out smiling. I'd seen a few of the songs before the film when Michael Ball was playing Mrs Turnblad and knew it was right up my street. It comes to Leeds next year, so if the budget allows for it I may have to book a couple of cheeky tickets for me and the SO.