Spotlight On… West End Wilma


*** Spotlight On West End Wilma ***

I have the utmost respect for my fellow theatre and entertainment bloggers, and one of the hardest working and successful in the business is ‘West End Wilma’. Lovely Wilma’s site is my bible for West End Theatre. So I asked her to step out of the stalls for a few moments to tell me all about her life as a theatre blogger as well as her favourite things (none of which are raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens…).

When did your interest in theatre first start and what was the first show you watched?

I didn’t really get in to theatre until about five or six years ago. I always loved Chicago and Spamalot. They were two that I kept going back to see all the time which got me hooked!

Have you a favourite genre of theatre?

I’m a sucker for a good musical! 

Which musical and which play could you watch over and over again and never tire of?

I’ve seen Spamalot more than 30 times and never get bored of that one. Plays are harder to watch over and over again for me. I’m not sure there is one that I would rush out after the matinee and buy a ticket for the evening performance because it was so good. Plays are quite draining on the mind but wonderful to watch once!

What inspired you to start up your website and what has been the most memorable moment since West End Wilma went live?

A friend of mine said “you see so many shows, why don’t you start a blog'”so I did! I thought it was a new challenge so I gave it a go! 

Winning the Ticketmaster award for Blog of the Year was a very special moment. Also the Wilma Awards which have been running for two years now are a lot of work but worth the effort. I can’t believe people like Beverley Knight turn up to something that I’ve put on!
Who is on your wish list to interview?

Oh wow… I’m not sure. I’ve been lucky enough to meet and interview a lot of people over the years. I guess someone like Angela Lansbury would be pretty amazing to interview!

Which show are you most looking forward to seeing this year?

I’m really looking forward to The Maids at Trafalgar Studios. The Harry Potter plays should be interesting  and I can’t wait to see the new touring production of Chicago very soon!

What is your ambition for the site?

I never really had an ambition for the site as didn’t think anyone would read it. I guess I hope it continues to grow and people keep bothering to read what I write! I can’t ask for much more than that!

Favourite things (give me your first reaction to these questions):

Favourite film?

For musical films, probably Calamity Jane.

Favourite food?

Steak and Co in Leicester Square (you can always find me in there!)

Favourite things to do in London when you’re not at the theatre?

When am I ever not at the theatre?! If I’m not seeing a show you can usually find me in a bar somewhere with friends!

Favourite holiday destination?

I’m off to Spain this summer! But New York is one of my favourite places!

Favourite venue for afternoon tea?

The Sanderson Hotel do a pretty good one! Or anywhere that does Champagne Afternoon Tea!

Here’s the link to Wilma’s blog!



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