Sunday, 21 June 2015

London Palladium: Beyond Bollywood

Beyond Bollywood London Palladium

I have a never-ending list of interests and hobbies, with some appearing and soon evaporating.. as well as others hanging around for quite some time.  An example of the latter is attending the theatre and particularly to watch murder mystery plays and musicals; for years now I've been enjoying regular trips to theatres to admire great talent along with soaking up some of the flamboyant and creative atmosphere.  With this in mind, I was thrilled to be invited to see Beyond Bollywood at the London Palladium and share my thoughts on A Glass Of Ice!

Beyond Bollywood London Palladium


The immediate appeal of viewing Beyond Bollywood was the venue, Grade II West End theatre, London Palladium.  It is undoubtedly one of my favourite venues due to it's extravagant interior; the overwhelming plush colour combination of red and gold provides a real sense of occasion!  Another thing worth mentioning about the London Palladium is the seamless proceedings of the front of house staff, there's something very special about their smart attires and faultlessly helpful attitudes.
Office Garland Sandals Shoes

Although I love any excuse to reach for the evening dresses or silk shirts, I thought it could be refreshing on this occasion to try 'dressing down' the heels, as opposed to using them as a platform for building on the look.  I opted for barely-there makeup, a trusty pair of tight-fitting jeans and a contrasting loose fitting t-shirt.

Oversized t-shirt - Zara

Jeans - Topshop Tall MOTO Leigh Jeans

Shoes - Office Garland Sandals

Beyond Bollywood London Palladium

Beyond Bollywood London Palladium



























So, outfit on, tickets collected and seats located (perfect view from the Royal Circle).. curtains open to reveal the first half of Beyond Bollywood.  The musical talent of the cast was immediately recognisable through a group performance at the beginning.  It most likely went on a little too long, however it provided the perfect opportunity to separate your mind from wherever you had been beforehand and immerse yourself in the music.

The musical itself follows the journey of Shaily, a young girl determined to fulfil her mother's dying wish to revive her family's failing theatre.  This ambition sees the audience journey from Munich to India, experiencing 'the heat of Indian folk dance' along the way.  Speaking of experiences, I would suggest the second half was significantly better than the first; everything became much more vibrant and entertaining.  A delicious tub of chocolate ice cream later and I returned to a much more impressive musical - the music was heavier and louder, costumes were more extravagant and plot a little more visible.

As people were just beginning to arrive..
My view is that I wasn't there to witness a literary masterpiece, I was there to be entertained - and that I was! The audience contributed to a huge part of my enjoyment as they were keen to sing along to some of the popular songs and cheer to a couple of the references made - it felt as though I had received a 'secret pass' to an excitingly different culture!  

If you choose to view Beyond Bollywood at the London Palladium, keep a look out for some stand-out performances including a fantastic solo by female dhol player Rav Panesar and a rather hilarious sketch including muscular men dancing in sequinned hot pants to 'It's Raining Men'!

One of my more 'dazed' looks... does anyone else find it hard to snap back to reality after a show?
Beyond Bollywood London Palladium

All in all, I enjoyed a fantastic evening at London Palladium.  What Beyond Bollywood may possibly have lacked in narrative framework, it definitely made up for with colour, energy and providing very good reason to tap my foot for two hours and fifteen minutes.  If you're seeking a night of light-hearted fun with a friend or two, I would recommend booking tickets for the musical while you still can and before it's too late as the last performance takes place on 27th June!
Beyond Bollywood London Palladium
Some of the tracks from the musical have even made it onto my running playlist!



With love,

Gabrielle x


Note: I was invited as a guest to see this performance, however all opinions are my own. 
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  1. Oh I would love to going to more musicals but they're a tad too expensive for me at the moment. Lovely outfit hun, looked like it was a fun night!

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    1. They can be quite costly, although there are plenty of purse-friendly options around too if you do a bit of digging! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  2. Looks like such a fun show!! Love your outfit!

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  3. Wow, this venue looks so cool!!!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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    1. The interior design of this venue certainly gets a thumbs up from me!

      Gabrielle x

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  4. Looks like fun! Love your striped shirt! Musicals are so much fun to go to!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie, I picked it up last year at Zara. Totally agree!

      Gabrielle x

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  5. Sounds like so much fun! You know, I've never been to a theatre like that before! I've never even seen a play! I need to get out more..

    Renee | Lose The Road

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    1. I really hope that you enjoy a play/musical at a theatre like this sometime soon, I just know you'd love it Renee! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  6. super cute outfit, looks like you had a great time! thanks for sharing! xo
    Andrea
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    1. Thank you Andrea - glad you enjoyed this post!

      Gabrielle x

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  7. I love visiting the theatre too and it sounds like you had an awesome time! Thanks for sharing!

    Prudence
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    1. That's great to know and I most definitely did - it was a lovely evening!

      Gabrielle x

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  8. Wow look like fun. You outfit is perfect! I feel in love with your shoes!
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    1. Thanks so much Cvetina, the shoes are by Office.

      Gabrielle x

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  9. Sounds like amazing play, I really like musicals, so it's a pity that I don't live in London ;) And this theatre looks stunning :)

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    1. You and me both! Ah, you may not live in London, but it's always there to be visited in the future!

      Gabrielle x

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  10. I liked the pics, that hall is as amazing as huge is!
    xx, Flora
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    1. That's great! London Palladium really is a fabulous venue.

      Gabrielle x

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  11. wow:) I'd love to see this event :) i love bollywood movies and bollywood style :) hope to see it soon :) you looked great in your outfit :)
    greetings,
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    1. What a great interest to have, Vivienne! Thanks so much, I appreciate it :)

      Gabrielle x

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  12. That looks like so much fun! I myself love watching plays and musicals.

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    1. That's great to hear, they can be so entertaining!!

      Gabrielle x

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  13. Wow the place looks stunning <3 I love musicals!
    xoxo,
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    1. It's a lovely venue for a musical, that's for certain!

      Gabrielle x

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  14. This looks like so much fun! And you're right, the venue looks amazing. Loving your natural and casual look too! :) xx

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    1. Thanks very much Naeun, I figured it was a good opportunity to try dressing down the heels instead of the other way around!

      Gabrielle x

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  15. Love your simple outfit<3 thanks for sharing hope you have a great time:)
    follow for follow?:)

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  16. Que show de imagens looks maravilhoso sucesso
    tenha uma semana abençoada.
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    1. It really was a great show, thanks for stopping by Nequéren!

      Gabrielle x

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  17. Amazing post dear!

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  18. wow great post

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  19. Now THIS is a musical I would see. Honestly, just for the fun of it. In my opinion, theatre doesn't have to bring you to your knees with deep thought and meaning. Coming from someone who studied a lot of theatre in college, sometimes you just need to not try so hard and have fun! What's more fun than anything Bollywood anyway?

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    1. How interesting you studied theatre in college, that must have been thrilling! I agree, each play/musical has something different to offer and it doesn't always have to be material for 'deep thinking' :)

      Gabrielle x

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    1. Thanks Tash, it's by Zara!

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  21. The musical sounds great and it certainly looks like you enjoyed a fun evening out. I'm ok with musicals having a less than strong narrative as long as the music is good and it's entertaining. This one definitely sounds like it delivered on those fronts.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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    1. I really did enjoy a lovely evening of dance, music and colour! That's a great way of seeing it Rowena, entertainment is key :)

      Gabrielle x

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  22. Love that outfit! And great photography.
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  23. That's great that you enjoyed there Gabrielle. I like your comfy outfit. xx

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    1. Thanks Nina, have a lovely week!

      Gabrielle x

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  24. Oh, the London Palladium looks gorgeous and Beyond Palladium sounds absolutely fun! I've never been to any proper musicals or stage productions, with proper lighting, or experienced actors/directors, only to student productions, so I'm itching to watch one soon! Sounds like you had a fun night despite the lackluster production, but hey, nothing's perfect, right? I love your top, by the way!

    May x • THE MAYDENbloglovin'

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    1. I would definitely recommend seeing Beyond Bollywood, it's such a fun experience! I really hope you find yourself in a theatre watching a fantastic play/musical some time very soon May, you're guaranteed a fantastic time :)

      ps. thanks so much, I'm addicted to stripes!

      Gabrielle x

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  25. I love how you started this post! I am in the same boat with too many hobbies! I love how beautifully you captured the theater!

    Beautiful!

    Chelsea
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    1. Oh thank you Chelsea, that's great to hear! Three cheers for multiple hobbies ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  26. Sounds like so much fun!! We've never been but the London Palladium looks to die for!

    xx 365hangers

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    1. It really was! London Palladium is a great venue for any show!

      Gabrielle x

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  27. Going to the theatre is something that I enjoy, probably because my parents were into plays and opera a lot. I'm glad that you enjoyed yourself. I also have many hobbies, but my passions are pretty much wrapped in art/fashion/design related at the moment.You look adorable. <3 /Madison
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    1. Ah, we're similar in that respect! I was brought up with regular trips to the theatre and such - it seems to have rubbed off on me haha :) Have a lovely week!

      Gabrielle x

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  28. I love Musicals!!! I saw Wicked when I went to London last time, it was so fun and entertaining!
    Very nice outftit, hun! :)
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    S
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    1. Oh I just love Wicked as well, I keep going back to see it haha! I'm so glad you liked it too Silvia! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  29. Looks like a great experience, I never tried going to theatre, but I always wanted to see one, never got the chance, ohh well :))

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    1. I hope you get the chance to at some point Aimee, there're plenty of great shows around!

      Gabrielle x

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  30. Such an awesome event I hope you had the best time!

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    1. I had a lovely time thank you!

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  31. What a great opportunity to be invited to watch this play! Anything Bollywood must be colourful and loud or else it won't be the same! I have yet to get the opportunity to watch any play but I guess these days I'm lucky if I managed to catch a nap. LOL! You look lovely and sometimes taking it casual is better than getting all dressed up. xx

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more, Shireen - I had a fabulous time! Oh yes, the colours and sounds of Bollywood are incredible and I hope you find yourself immersed in it some time soon :)

      ps. good luck with finding time to nap! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  32. I'd like to go to more musicals, the place is amazing!
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    1. I don't blame you, I feel the same way haha!

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  33. Happy Monday, my gorgeous friend! You look so lovely – I’m totally smitten by your musical review!
    Sending you much love & hope all is well!
    xoxo, Vanessa
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    1. Hey Vanessa! Thanks so much for your kind words, you're so sweet - have a lovely week!

      Gabrielle x

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  34. so exciting! looks like you had a wonderful time! next you must check out Broadway in NYC!

    xo Lauren
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    1. Now that is one fantastic suggestion - I fully intend to one day!

      Gabrielle x

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  35. What a gorgeous theatre Gabrielle! They just remodeled ours and I have to see it! I love the theatrical plays and broadway shows. I've seen Wicked, The Addams Family, The Phantom of The Opera etc. You looked lovely and I bet the show was really entertaining! The colors of the costumes and dancing I bet were exceptional. Thanks for sharing this.
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    1. The London Palladium truly is spectacular! I'm so, so glad you've mentioned Phantom of the Opera as i'm just crazy about it - I'm making my way through the piano book of pieces right now haha :) I'm so glad you're a fan of the theatre as well Kim - have a great week!

      Gabrielle x

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  36. Muscular men dancing in sequin shorts? I am all in!
    Going to the theatre is something I really enjoy too, but haven't done for a while, because it is so hard to find a babysitter for Little Bean.

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    1. Haha it really is quite the sketch - the whole audience burst into laughter! Oh I can entirely understand, I hope you find the time to soon :)

      Gabrielle x

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  37. The place is awesome, I hope you would have enjoyed it.
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    1. I had a really great time, thank you.

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  38. It sounds like an extremely fun night out. I love the idea of dressing down heels as opposed to wearing a dress to the show too.

    Mimi & Chichi

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    1. It most definitely was! I'm glad you do Jess, it felt like a nice change!

      Gabrielle x

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  39. It seems a really beautiful show and you had the right look, perfect for this event!!! Have a nice day, kisses, Eni

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    1. Thanks so much - I loved wearing these heels, they were so comfortable yet high!

      Gabrielle x

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  40. Looks like a fun night! Bright colors and energy always make a good show,.

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more - high energy and colour are both failproof factors!

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  41. it looks like a really nice night out! :D xoxo

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, have a lovely week!

      Gabrielle x

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  42. Hello beautiful, great experience I can only imagine all the colors and dances!! The location is amazing so glad you could snapped some pics,
    You look also is perfect, comfortable/casual chic is always the best way. love it. Happy week.
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    1. Hey Arely! This really was a beautiful location for the musical and yes, I'm so glad I managed to get a couple of quick photos to share afterwards here :)

      Gabrielle x

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  43. I love Bollywood!! I enjoy Bollywood performances and movies, I even take a Bollywood dance class. I would have jumped at the chance to see this. Great photos, the theater looks amazing.

    Keisha xo
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    1. That's so great to hear! How interesting you take a Bollywood dance class, that's so exciting!

      Gabrielle x

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  44. The theatre is gorgeous!! Your photos are fantastic! I would love to see this

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    1. I agree and thanks very much for your kind words on my photography!

      Gabrielle x

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  45. I love your blog it is literally a fun adventure each time I read something new :) Thanks for sharing this, it looked like a truly wonderful show. Your style is effortless and similar to what I love in jeans. Very stylish :) http://bauchlefashion.com xx

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    1. This was such a fantastic message to receive, thank you so much Heather! You're very welcome, I'm so glad you've enjoyed this post and thanks again :)

      Gabrielle x

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  46. Love the theater pictures - it's gorgeous! Now I need to start going to theaters more often!

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    1. If that's the only thing that comes out of this post, then I'm smiling! ;)

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  47. Looks like you had a great time! I would love to see a Bollywood show, they seemed so high energy and fun.

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    1. You've hit the nail on the head, they're very high energy!

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  48. Love your sandals!

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  49. Hmm I have never heard of Beyond Bollywood but I do know that London theatre is supposed to be quite great! It sounds like an interesting musical and I'm glad you had a great time :)
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    1. I can definitely recommend it for an entertaining night out - it's so colourful and fun! Thanks very much Olivia :)

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  50. fabulous look, great style
    I wish you an happy day
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      Gabrielle x

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  51. Such a great experience! Love your outfit too ;)

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  52. Great experience darling!! You're marvellous!
    Baci,
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  53. I love going to shows like this! Glad you had fun and great outfit!

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  54. I love the theatre, especially musicals! I love the outfit you're wearing too and damn girl you pull off those jeans! ; ) Haha
    This theatre looks so beautiful, I love the architecture in old theatres!

    X

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    1. That's so great to hear, Anjelique - our similarities are piling up! The architecture of London Palladium certainly is very special. Haha thanks so much, sweet of you to say ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  55. Sounds amazing! And I absolutely love your classic chic look. xx

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    1. Thanks a million Arden, have a wonderful week!

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  56. The show sounds fantastic. Cute outfit too.

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    1. It's definitely worth seeing before it ends this weekend!

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  57. nice :)

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  58. Great post and amazing photos. You look beautiful. Nice outfit.
    I have a new post welcome.

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    1. Thanks very much Magdalena, so lovely of you to say!

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  59. Such a cool, classic venue- and I love what you wore! Super cute stripes!

    -Ashley
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    1. This venue really is classically beautiful and thanks Ashley, I adore stripes!

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  60. Oh I always love going to the theater! I love what you wore to the event! It looks like such an awesome theater to spend the evening in!

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    1. That's so great to hear! Oh thanks Jasmine, I thought I'd try something a little more casual!

      Gabrielle x

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  61. I've always wanted to go to something like this! It looks amazing! :) I'll be moving to the UK soon So i'll have to keep this in mind!

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    1. I really hope that you do at some point soon - I know you'll love the sense of occasion! Good luck with your move, Georgia :)

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  62. The theater is so beautiful! I would love to see this musical. It sounds so mesmerizing. I am so glad you enjoyed it and your casual look is perfect!

    xo, Bry

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    1. The London Palladium really is one of the most beautiful venues in London and thanks lovely!

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      Gabrielle x

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  64. Love your outfit hun, especially those shoes, gorgeous. Sounds like this was a fun show, sometimes you just need a good bit of easy entertainment don't you? :)

    Elle
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    1. Thanks Elle! I only bought these heels a month or so ago, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to get them out of my wardrobe :)

      Gabrielle x

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  65. Cool outfit and beautiful theatre, the musical looks interesting, love everything Bollywood, wish London is not too far away from where I live. Have a nice day! xo

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    1. Ah, at least London isn't going anywhere and so it always remains to be visited in the future!

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  66. This is such a beautiful theater! I hope you had fun!

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  67. This certainly sounds like a real feel-good show with the added bonus that you were in the wonderful surroundings of the iconic London Palladium. What a wonderful way to spend the evening! Lovely outfit! I'm a little obsessed with stripes at the moment!

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    1. 'Feel-good' show it most certainly was! Enjoying a musical in such a beautiful venue really did add to the occasion and general sense of enjoyment :)

      Gabrielle x

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  68. This looks like so much fun! I did a study abroad in London and one of the things I miss most is all the plays and musicals I got to attend (for significantly less money than what I have to pay if I want to go in the USA). Lucky you!

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    1. Studying abroad always sounds like so much fun, I had no idea until I started blogging just how many people were doing it! I hope you're inundated by opportunities to see plays and musicals in the future, Kaylee :)

      Gabrielle x

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  69. this looks so beautiful :) your pics are great *_*

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