Sunday, 15 May 2016

Mrs Henderson Presents

Noël Coward theatre seat viewIf you follow me on Twitter,  you'll know that a couple of weeks ago I (finally) got around to seeing Mrs Henderson Presents at the West End's Noël Coward Theatre.  Lately I've been finding myself returning time and time again to murder mystery plays, and so when a friend invited me to indulge in this 'hilarious musical', I figured it was the perfect opportunity to try something a little different.  Set in London, 1937, the story revolves around a recently widowed woman looking for a way to spend both her time and money.  Her search leads her to the Windmill Theatre, but with war looming more is needed to boost morale and box office and well... ''for the show to go on, the clothes must come off!''
Noël Coward theatre bar area
Noël Coward theatre bar drinks area
It didn't occur to me until I stepped foot in the Noël Coward Theatre that I had been there just a few months ago to see their Christmas production of Scrooge.  Having arrived early, we took ourselves upstairs to the beautiful, wood-panelled bar for drinks (diet coke for me and coffee for her - come on, it was a matinee performance!).  For some reason, I've always found there to be something quite charming about empty theatre bars, the moments before anyone arrives and the 'calm before the storm'.  After catching up as the warm, mirrored room filled with people, we excitably made our way to our seats...

[The following 4 images have been taken from the Mrs Henderson Presents website.]





After just a few moments of viewing time, I knew it was going to be an enjoyable musical; the songs pull you in and the characters (including Olivier-winner Tracie Bennett's leading role) are entirely likeable.  There's nothing better than a show that requires your total concentration and Mrs Henderson Presents is certainly one of them; you forget where you are!  I'll admit there was far more nudity than I was anticipating, however more than anything I was wildly impressed at the actresses' confidence and it certainly did contribute to the show's authenticity.  Besides, the set design was often striking (and sparkly) enough anyway to fixate on when needed!    


Gingham Peplum Shirt - Ralph Lauren

Jeans - Topshop TALL Moto Black Jeans

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I'm so pleased my friend suggested popping along to this performance, as it was hugely entertaining from beginning to end with various emotional twists along the way that further draw you in to the storyline.  Mrs Henderson Presents will continue being shown at the Noël Coward Theatre until 18th June this year.  So, if you're keen on musicals, don't mind nudity and fancy a bit of British patriotism, this is definitely one to slide into your diary!

Noël Coward Theatre
St. Martin's Lane
London
WC2N 4AU

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. I've heard about this show before and I was tempted to get tickets. I'm pleased to hear it's on until 18th June. Hopefully I'll be able to make it.

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  2. So beautiful, sounds like a great show!! xx

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  3. I love the sound of this musical, it must be so lovely to be able to go see shows as often as you do with so many to choose from at your disposal! Another reason why I miss London so much!

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  4. I've not heard about it; bet it was good! Have an awesome week, babe! xoxo

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  5. This sounds like such a lovely time, and I have to agree with you on empty theatre bars!

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  6. This show looks really great! It seems like you had a lot of fun there.
    I love spending time at the theatre too.
    xx,
    Margot

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  7. What a great show and you look so cute!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire

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  8. This sounds fantastic! I haven't seen a play in years despite being hugely into theatre and I haven't been to the Noel Coward either despite always passing it. I'm definitely very interested in seeing this now, great review Gabriella! Xx
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  9. Oh I really want to see this one! Sounds amazing! I love a good musical :)

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  10. I absolutely love the sound of this, plus I genuinely haven't been to the theatre in around 10 years so I desperately need to change this!

    Elle
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  11. I would love to watch a great play soon. It's been a long time since. I need this art in my life right now.

    Oh, this one sounds so good and worth watching.

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  12. I'm not a huge fan of murder musicals but if there's humour involved then count me in. This actually sounds like a delightful play and I can only imagine how amazing it would be to see a play in London, in a place so full of history. Ahh must be incredible, but then again you'd be used to that ahahaha.

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  13. The plot of this play sounds very interesting and I will be curious enough to watch it if given the chance! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I love live productions! A good murder mystery is always wonderful, but a comedy will always win for me ;) You look gorgeous!

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  15. Ahh Gabrielle, I remember that shirt from the first ever time I visited you blog. It's so gorgeous. In love with your handbag too sitting nicely there in the bar :D Looks like a wonderful show. I love the theatre and haven't been for so long. Have a great week. Gemma x
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  16. This musical sounds like a lot of fun, it's always nice to get a bit of culture!

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  17. I enjoy musicals! I haven't been to one in ages. This one sounds most enjoyable and I'm glad you had a wonderful time.

    Keisha xo
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  18. I love shows, and the motto of this one seems quite hysterical! Your outfit is darling, too! xx

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  19. I was actually beaming with delight as I read through this post; I'm not sure whether it's the way you describe it or the photographs, but I really, really, really want to see this musical now! As a a huge fan of murder mysteries in general, I think I'd very much like it to see them on stage, so this one definitely makes the to-watch list. Thank you for sharing this, Gabrielle! x

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  20. Oooh I haven't heard of this! Sounds fun though, need to look into it :)

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  21. I can't remember the last time I went into a theatre. This looks like a nice play and you surely captured some great scenes. Looking pretty too.

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  22. I've never heard of this one! I love going to the Theatre, something so magical about it, and I love what you wore, your bag is beautiful :)

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  23. Looks like a great performance, love the photos.

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  24. This sounds like such a fun musical! Nice costumes, too!

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  25. fun!!! show looks amazing! :D

    Have a great week!
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  26. love your outfit, and makeup, and hair!... so glad you had a great time! the sets looked amazing. I love the theatre! xX

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  27. The inside of the theater looks so glamorous. Also, that sounds like a really lively and fun show to watch! But I personally would have felt so awkward watching a show with a lot of nudity. But if the storyline is captivating I guess it makes up for it!

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  28. It sounds like such a fun show! The inside of the theater looks really neat, too. So classic!

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  29. yes to nudity LOL i love it already. i love the time period of it all - the hair, makeup, fashion. so pretty x

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  30. What a fun night! Watching musicals is one of my favorite things to do!

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  31. Looks like a great show! Love your shirt so much!
    Xoxo,
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  32. Sounds really good! Thanks for sharing Gabrielle! and you look great as usual!
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  33. What a fun evening! I'm very jealous. I need to see more shows. I love your pink top as well. Very fun and classic at the same time!

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  34. I love theater as well...looks like an amazing show..love your artsy photos you took of the outting!
    xx
    Katelyn

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  35. This sounds so much fun! Gotta check it out! Xx

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  36. This theatre looks beautiful! Hope you enjoyed the show!

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  37. I wish I could see the performance, I love musicals... )
    Lovely shirt indeed...

    xoxo
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  38. That's so cool, love your style!

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  39. I'm glad that you enjoyed it and I'll have to add it to my list! :) xx

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  40. Amazing photos! Glad you had a good time!

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  41. I watched the film version (with Judi Drench playing Mrs Henderson) and I found it to be incredibly touching. It was a very entertaining film, but also warm and emotional. I just googled it to check if it was founded on real story...and it was! I think they mentioned that at the end of the film, but I wanted to check. Anyway, I would totally rush to see this musical if I had the chance.

    I'm glad to hear you had a lovely time. I don't think I ever saw a musical live! I attended quite a few opera and opereta performances, but musical...not yet. Maybe musicals are not as popular here and that's a shame because I like them.

    I love theatre's cafes...They have a special charm to them, don't they? You look so lovely! That pink plaid shirt is adorable...and well paired with dark jeans. You reminded me to see what's on this weekend...;)

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  42. sounds like a great show ! Nice costumes too !
    Nina
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  43. Looks like a beautiful performance and you look stunning as always!! x

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  44. Oh, what a fun experience! I do like musicals and this one truly looks quite entertaining from the plot to the set design. Your outfit is on point as usual and perfect for the occasion. :)
    xx

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  45. Sounds like a fun play. I wish we had theatres like that in Dubai. 3D movies in all honor, but nothing beats a good, live play:)

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  46. Looks like such a great play! I love theaters when they are still empty :D So beautiful!
    xoxo

    Ileana

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  47. It sounds like a great show! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

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  48. This play sounds fantastic:-) I also love the murder mystery plays...Have a lovely Wednesday Gaby and thanks for this suggestion ; -)

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  49. Wow this musical play looks amazing, I always wanted to see a musical play but have yet to find a person that's interested in it as well. x Thank you for sharing (:

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  50. Wow this musical looks and sounds fantastic! Although I also love how you got to get some drinks in at the bar before everyone came in and just take in the area. It definitely is nice to just chill out before the storm and get to your seats comfortably :)

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  51. This performance should be great! It's a long time from my last pièce! I have to make up for!
    Have a lovely day dear!
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  52. Sounds like you had a great time! The musical seems to be amazing, hope I'll be able to make it. I love mystery murder stories

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  53. The musical sounds so amusing and impressive! Fantastic photos and loved reading your review

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  54. Amazing pictures, great post too, I love it, thank you for sharing!!!

    xxx

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  55. I love your shirt from Ralph lauren! You looked so pretty. I love musicals, looks like an amazing time. Thanks for sharing. Xoxo

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  56. wow Looks great
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  57. I love your review of that musical Gabrielle!! Looks like you've had a blast! Lovely shirt too! I wish you an amazing day!
    XOXO
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  58. Sounds like a beautiful play. This post is absolutely beautiful!


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  59. I love West End and Broadway shows! I was at the same theatre to see Shakespeare in Love a couple of years ago.

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  60. Looks amazing! I had so much fun seeing a show wile in NYC.

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  61. My mum recently went to see this and she absolutely loved it, I think I may have to pay a little visit, have a lovely week Gabrielle ♥

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  62. Nice post dear! :)

    I'm following you on Bloglovin :)

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  63. I love going to the theatre. They always have a classic charm about them. I haven't seen this show before though! I don't mind a bit of nudity and some British patriotism, so it might be one to see!

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  64. This show is magical! I loved your photos so much especially your style! I saw Kinky Boots and it was a lovely show. Seeing the characters come to life is the best part and all the costumes. Loved this gorgeous post it is so dreamy :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com

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  65. Sounds like a great show! PS i love your shirt x
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  66. It sounds and look like it was indeed a great show! I love watching live performances, so much more entertaining! I also love your purse the shape and gold hardware are so charming! Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us and I hope you're having a great day so far, beauty!

    XO,

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  67. I love musicals! I recently saw Showboat in Sheffield which was great, but haven't been to a West End show in ages. This one sounds like a lot of fun! x

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  68. This sounds like a really fabulous show! I really need to bug my husband to take me to one, I have yet to see any musical until today. :-(

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  69. It sounds like it was a really great show! I haven't been to a musical in a while. My hubby loves the Theatre. Thanks for sharing :-) xx

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  70. Wow this is so pretty again and I love your handbag!
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  71. This musical play looks amazing girl, I also love watching musical play. I usually go into College plays to watch it and always love them :) x
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