An Afternoon with Mark Gatiss and Friends
When I found a photo on an Instagram account I follow, of "An Afternoon with Mark Gatiss and Friends," I immediately dropped my scrolling and searched for this event, found out tickets had just gone on sale, and bought one seat for myself. Since I was buying a single, I got a great spot in the stalls section, right in the middle. I then waited patiently for a month for the event to take place. Then, on Sunday, I took my bus over to Piccadilly Circus, not quite sure how the event would go, but hopeful it would be worth the £40 I donated to the LLGS.
Well, I definitely wasn't disappointed. With a panel of seven wonderful celebrities, and very witty answers, I was entertained for almost three hours at the Criterion Theatre (which normally houses the "39 Steps"). This was my first event like this, and I was happy to attend. Mark Gatiss (famous for starring as Mycroft Holmes on "Sherlock," as well as being a writer for Doctor Who), curated the conversation between his friends, and occasionally added in his own anecdotes. I was most excited for the appearances of Andrew Scott (Moriarty on "Sherlock"), Amanda Abbington (Mary Watson on "Sherlock" and Martin Freeman's partner), and Peter Capaldi (the newest Doctor on "Doctor Who"). Other panel members included Sue Perkins (from "The Great British Bake Off") and Derren Brown (a famous illusionist). The most well-thought out answers actually ended up coming from Derren Brown, whom I wasn't very familiar with, but now will check out his work. Overall, everyone told lovely little stories, and gave advice to some audience members who asked questions.
Since moving to London, I have enjoyed quite a few live events that don't always happen to be theatre. While I do love a good night out on the West End, I've also found that since London is a major entertainment hub, there's plenty of opportunities to see live television tapings, film sets, news reporting, movie premieres and events such as the one above. Since landing in London over two months ago, I've been to the Alan Carr: Chatty Man show twice, including guests such as Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Lorde, Jessie J, Lionel Richie and many more. I went to the Imitation Game premiere and saw my favorite actor, Benedict Cumberbatch. I will finally be attending the Graham Norton Show next month, as well as attempting to withstand the weather to attend the final Hobbit film premiere in Leicester Square on December 1st.
I guess what I want you to take away from this post is that if you're a crazy fangirl like myself, you will never get bored in London, because there is ALWAYS some sort of celebrity event happening, and all you have to do is search the web and you'll find out what's going on, and then you can get your fix. After growing up in a place devoid of any access to the stars, it has always been important to me and my career path in public relations, to be in a major entertainment capitol, and now I am. Whether I end up staying in London or moving to New York City, I hope to always be surrounded by pop culture, entertainment and the arts.