Last night, I was lucky enough to go the annual WhatsOnStage Theatre Quiz. Hosted by the lovely Michael Watson at the Theatre Cafe, it was an evening of fun, friends and frankly-prtety-decently-priced-prosecco!
Our team name was suitably Shakespearean: ‘Much Ado About Quizing’. We didn’t win, that honour went to the brilliantly brained and brilliantly named ‘Shit I shot it’. But we did get the Shakespeare questions right, thank god! Particularly a relief considering this was one of the questions: ‘From what play is the line ‘The course of true love never did run smooth’ taken?’ I had literally just edited an interview that afternoon for the play that line is taken from and with the actor who says the line and who actually referred to it in the interview!
Today’s blog is a little bit of a theatre quiz for you guys. Some easy, some hard, and quite a few Hamilton! Let me know how you do and if you do really well, HIGH FIVE! Awesome, wow (but a sincere one!)
- Name the two long running West End shows which took their final bows on the West End in 2016.
- Which actor appeared in the following three musicals last year: Assassins, High Society, and Guys and Dolls?
- Judi Dench won the Olivier for best supporting actress this year, marking a record eight Olivier wins. In what year did she win her first Olivier?
- Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera are the two longest musicals on in the West End, opening within a year of each other. But which opened first?
- Where can you find the names of several Pythons engraved, one of which is spelt wrong?
- The Phantom of the Opera is the longest running Broadway show. But how many performances has it had? Answer to the closest 100.
- Which theatre is named after the brother of one of assassins featured in the show Assassins?
- What row is missing in most Broadway theatres?
- Ticket lotteries are becoming more and more popular, but which one had to be digitised in 2015 due to traffic stopping crowds?
- In 2015, Ali Stroker was the first actress to appear on Broadway in a wheelchair, but for which show and where?
Finish the lyric…
First two are easy…from there on out, it’s pretty tough! Only right if they relate to the specific answer!
- ‘What’s your name, man?’
- ‘But if I were to go back to college, think what a loser I’d be./I’d walk through the quad and think, oh my god…’
- War Horse and Billy Elliot.
- Jamie Parker
- 1977, Actress of the Year in a Revival, for Macbeth.
- Les Miserables.
- Shakespeare’s Globe: when the theatre opened, those who pledged money for donations received engraved paving stones with their names on which are still here to this day. John Cleese paid for his and Michael Palin’s stones, but purposefully asked for his co-star’s friend to be misspelt: Pallin!
- 11,742 (Correct as of 17/04/16)
- The Booth Theatre: named after Shakespearean actor Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth.
- The Row I, so people don’t confuse it with 1 and think they’re in the front row!
- Spring Awakening at the Brooks Atkinson.
Finish the lyric…
- ‘Alexander Hamilton’ (I will also accept: AND I’M JAVERT. Because you know he just responds to everything), from ‘Alexander Hamilton’ (Hamilton)
- ‘Mamma Mia, here I go again’, from ‘Mamma Mia’, (Mamma Mia)
- ‘These kids are so much younger than me’, from ‘I Wish I could go back to College’ (Avenue Q).
- ‘Down’ or ‘OoOOooooOOOOOO!’, from ‘Defying Gravity’ (Wicked).
- ‘My name is Elder Price, and I would like to share with you the most amazing book’, from ‘Hello’ (Book of Mormon).
- ‘Would you like to change religions, I have a free book written by Jesus!’, from ‘Hello’ (Book of Mormon).
- ‘My name is Elder Butt Fucking Naked’, from ‘Tomorrow is a Latter Day’ (Book of Mormon).
- ‘Goes the cannon, watch the blood and the shit spray’, from ‘Right Hand Man’ (Hamilton).
- ‘Tryin’ to catch your eye from the side of the ballroom,/Everybody’s dancing and the band’s top volume’, from ‘Helpless’ (Hamilton).
- ‘Goes the cannon, we’re abandoning Kips Bay and…’, from ‘Right Hand Man’ (Hamilton).