I have loved seeing shows for as long as I can remember. I still have most of the programmes to everything I’ve ever seen, from the most entertaining of all amateur productions to the most professional and polished of all London shows. There are still a huge number of shows that I would love to see and many on my list that I would see again.

I love everything about a trip to the theatre. Obviously the show itself is always a highlight but I also love watching the audience, trying to catch a glimpse of what book the orchestra members are reading between songs, the ad libbing when things go wrong, the impressive staging, costumes and lighting, and the snacks. Most of all I like working out which part I would play (if I had substantially more talent).

In no particular order, here are my favourite shows:

  1. Miss Saigon
  2. Les Miserables
  3. Matilda
  4. Billy Elliot
  5. Hairspray
  6. Avenue Q
  7. Wicked
  8. My Fair Lady
  9. Chicago
  10. Jesus Christ Superstar

I knew it wouldn’t be anything new for me to see a show this year but it would definitely be a lovely treat. I was all set to book tickets for Phantom of the Opera when Rob and I got chatting about other shows we like. Although he has heard the Les Mis soundtrack many a time, he’s only ever watched the film. He couldn’t understand why I had such a problem with Russell Crowe and didn’t really rate Javert’s songs at all. I have seen the stage show three times, sung may of the songs on numerous occasions at school and use the soundtrack as my backing track to all cleaning activities. My mission was clear- I immediately booked us tickets for his birthday.

I was so excited to share with him one of my all time favourite musicals. My lovely brother and his wife agreed to look after the children and I treated us to a night in a hotel. Unfortunately I was really unwell that weekend and could barely stay awake. I’d also managed to buy us seats that required us to lean over a large bar for the whole performance. Thankfully, he loved it anyway. We even finished it off with meeting up with some of our fabulous friends for a birthday dinner.

Not only is Rob still singing all the songs but he is in full agreement with my dismissal of Russell. One Day More has become a party favourite and I think all our friends have come to terms with the fact that we will be assigning them parts. Even our little boy marches around the garden singing Do You Hear the People Sing. And we most certainly do.