Ahead of her Cabaret at Tea Time at Lauderdale House, Shona White takes our Sugar Rush Quiz

West End favourite Shona White is set to thrill audiences with her dazzling vocals next weekend when she performs a very special cabaret at Lauderdale House. The songstress – who is perhaps best known for her portrayals of Elphaba in Wicked and Donna in MAMMA MIA! – will headline the Cabaret at Tea Time event and will be supported by London stage stars Stewart Briggs and Tim McArthur.

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Shona took some time off from her preparations to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.

  1. What are you currently working on?

I have been enjoying exploring new work, most recently Page to Stage at The Other Palace and The Break at The Arts Theatre. There is a lot of exciting new writing out there at the moment. I’m also gearing up for my next Lauderdale House cabaret which is this Sunday 15th.

  1. What is the one thing that has helped you to become successful?

I think after 20 years in this crazy business it must be tenacity! This is not the easiest profession to work in but I’m still here!

  1. What is your favourite Book?

I always find these questions hard to answer as there are so many good books/songs/films!  My favourite book I have read fairly recently is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I have subsequently watched the movie but the book was far superior as is often the case. I have her new one ready to go! I don’t often find time to read but when I do I love a good autobiography.

  1. What are you currently watching on TV?

There is so much good British drama on at the moment. I have just finished Dr Foster. I watched the first season on catch up so I could watch season 2 with the nation. Fantastic acting! I hope there will be a 3rd as they left me wanting more…

I’m also enjoying Liar.

  1. Would you choose the cinema, theatre or a restaurant for a night out?

That’s hard as I love all 3! I guess if pushed I’d have to say restaurant. One of my favourite things to do is dine out. I’m a real foodie!

  1. What’s your favourite sweet?

Dessert or sweetie? Dessert anything salted caramel at the moment! Sweets I love a simple Dairy Milk bar or Haribo. I have a sweet tooth!

  1. What did you want to be when you were a child?

 An air hostess as I thought it was super glamorous!

  1. What was the naughtiest thing you did when you were a child?

I have always been attracted to shiny things and as a little girl on a trip to our village chemist with my mum, unbeknownst to her, I took glittery nail polishes from the shelf. My mum was mortified when she found them and marched me straight back to own up and apologise!

  1. What is your proudest achievement to date?

There are so many shows and parts I am proud of. I’ve been around a long time! My favourite role was probably Florence in Chess. Nothing makes me prouder than making my parents proud though! Not that I want to make people cry but when they are in the audience a few tears of pride give me a reason to keep doing what I’m doing.

  1. What’s next?

There are a few new shows coming up next year I’ve got my eye on!

For now I’m keeping busy with solo projects. I am also an Ambassador for Adoption UK, an Associate of The Royal Academy of Music and I may have another position to add to my list very soon! Watch this space…

In homage to Lauderdale House’s glorious past – after the House was restored in 1893 it served as the Waterlow Park tearoom for 70 years- they have introduced a Cabaret at Tea Time with a ticket offer that combines afternoon tea plus cabaret ticket.

You can join Shona White for Cabaret at Tea Time at Lauderdale on Sunday 15 October at 15:30. You can find more details on the website http://www.lauderdalehouse.co.uk/page.asp?ID=2494&PID=1&PVID=3240

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MAMMA MIA! star Tyler Kennington takes our Sugar Rush Quiz

Tyler Kennington first entered the world of show business at the tender age of two. The son of an acclaimed stunt coordinator the young star went on to work onstage with the likes of Jodie Prenger, Kerry Ellis and Griff Rhys Jones in the revival of Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and in the television series Camelot alongside Joseph Fiennes.

Tyler has recently returned to the West End as part of the new cast of MAMMA MIA! at the Novello Theatre and took some time off to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.

What are you currently working on?

MAMMA MIA!

Tyler Kennington (in purple) with the MAMMA MIA! London Cast 2017/2018. Photo by Brinkhoff & Mögenburg

What is the one thing that has helped you to become successful? 

Support from my family

What is your favourite Book?

Cell By Steven King

What are you currently watching on TV? 

I’ve just finished watching Riverdale on Netflix

Would you choose the cinema, theatre or a restaurant for a night out? 

Theatre

What’s your favourite sweet? 

Bubblegum bottles or fizzy laces

What did you want to be when you were a child? 

A stuntman like my dad

What was the naughtiest thing you did when you were a child? 

I sprayed fire extinguishers around the building when I was at Italia Conti. That was quite naughty!

What is your proudest achievement to date? 

Getting the role in MAMMA MIA!

What’s next? 

I’m training to do stunt work. There are six skills that you have to be able to do semi-professionally, so I’ve set my goal to do that and I’m learning kung Fu. I’d also love to do another show. I’m not sure what, but maybe The Book of Mormon.

MAMMA MIA! is running at the Novello Theatre 

MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY to come to Waterloo

Planning permission is being sought by the creators of MAMMA MIA! to bring a special party to a venue near London Waterloo.

When Björn Ulvaeus watched people at the musical MAMMA MIA! having such a good time, getting into party mood by the end of the show, he thought to himself, “What if this could continue somewhere else?” The obvious place would be in a typical Greek taverna. Björn, director Roine Söderlundh and writer Calle Norlén came up with new characters and a new story, using some of the songs from the musical, but mostly other ABBA songs, and thus MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY was born.  Opening in Stockholm on 20 January 2016, it has been a huge sell-out success, and now Björn wants to bring the party to London.

Björn Ulvaeus and producer Ingrid Sutej are therefore in the process of applying for planning permission to build a temporary venue in London’s Waterloo area, where they can recreate a taverna with a courtyard, olive trees, a fountain and lots of bougainvillea – just like the ones on the island of Skopelos, where the film was shot.  Björn and Ingrid, along with their architects Haworth Tompkins, are working with the local community to make sure they create something that is acceptable to them as well as to Lambeth Council.

Björn said, “The South Bank is the perfect place for MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY. The building could be used for other activities as well, outside Party hours, so we hope it would be an asset for the whole community.”

Local social enterprise Coin Street Community Builders has been approached about a currently undeveloped site adjacent to the Coin Street neighbourhood centre on Stamford Street, London SE1.  The plan will be to create a wonderfully exotic Greek taverna, where the audience will be served great Mediterranean food and entertained by a cast of actors and musicians, who will transport them to the Greek island paradise.
“MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY is an exciting temporary use for a currently undeveloped site of ours.  The permanent use for the site will be Phase 2 of our neighbourhood centre.  But until we’re ready to move forward with that, we believe this to be a creative and interesting use.  We anticipate working with the creators to use the space for community activities at times when it is not open to the public, says deputy group director of Coin Street Community Builders, Alison Pinner.

To keep up to date with MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY as the planning application develops, please visit www.mammamiatheparty.com.