I hope you are all well and keeping safe! Now that I have finished with University (strangest feeling in the world.) I have a little more time to spend on posting content across all media for All Things Gee. I thought I would do something a little different today. Since Lockdown began, I have seen lots of various posts, some from a photographer who posted the empty West End in black and white, but also from many actors across many different West End Shows. All discussing the impact this could have for the West End, and as an avid theatre-goer and someone who cannot express the joys of losing yourself in the story of someone else’s life for a couple of hours it only seemed write to contribute to the love that we have seen.
I thought the best way to do this would be to write a letter to the theatres of the West End (because this is closest to home). A love letter if you will.
You see, the theatre started out as an event. You would dress up in your most elegant clothes and go and immerse yourself in the culture. For me, this concept will never change. However, nowadays, the dress code is laxer. However, it does not stop it being the most magical event. Whether it is your first time at the theatre or your 100th, it will always leave you feeling some way.
My first experience of the magic of the theatre and the west end was a trip to see Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre. It is a memory I will never forget and now happens to be one of my favourite theatres in the West End. The emotions felt can only be described as surreal.
Since then the love for creative arts and the theatre has been something I have felt extremely passionate about and is a topic I find myself often discussing with friends and family. The photos we have seen of the empty West End does not feel right, it’s something I guess we all just expected always to be there and I think it is so clear to see how many people workers and visitors alike that it effects when visiting the theatre is not an option.
I know that I speak for a large number of people who have a passion and love for the arts when I say the moment we are allowed to fill the theatres we will be there in abundance. It is a time where we have learnt to be grateful for the things we take for granted and for me the pleasure of being able to escape day to day life by visiting the theatre.
My love goes out to all people that work within the industry on stage and behind the scenes. I cannot wait to be able to see your talent again. It will be the best day in the world when we can escape to a magical world.
I know writing a letter to a non-living thing seems weird but you see for so many people the theatre was a means of escape from day to day life and things they would rather forget, as well as being a showcase of some of the most incredible talent.
I know that I cannot wait to be able to watch a show on the West End again, purely as it stands as being one of my favourite things in the world.
What is your favourite Theatre show?
I hope you are all well and safe x