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, Mrs Doubtfire Musical Celebrates 1st Nanniversary in the West End

We were so excited to see the show and to celebrate Mrs Doubtfire Musical’s 1st Anniversary. As we made our way to the hotel we passed happy audiences coming out of watching the afternoon performance and saw staff starting to cordon off the square and fire up the BBQ ready for the evening event.

, Mrs Doubtfire Musical Celebrates 1st Nanniversary in the West End

I’ve got a golden ticket!

, Mrs Doubtfire Musical Celebrates 1st Nanniversary in the West End

We both had lovely burgers from Chop and Chip who were running the BBQ. I chose the Grilled Beetroot and Chicory Burger- delicious!

, Mrs Doubtfire Musical Celebrates 1st Nanniversary in the West End

The sun was shining and the drinks were flowing.

, Mrs Doubtfire Musical Celebrates 1st Nanniversary in the West End

Cheers! Happy Nanniversary, Mrs Doubtfire!

I don’t drink anymore BUT I did break this to have one glass of wine (“just the one!”- my first alcoholic drink in over a year- it was lovely!

, Mrs Doubtfire Musical Celebrates 1st Nanniversary in the West End

We were entertained by a talented roaming band, playing well-known catchy tunes. I wish I’d found out their name to mention them.

, Mrs Doubtfire Musical Celebrates 1st Nanniversary in the West End

There was a lovely atmosphere and we got to meet and chat to lots of people involved in different ways with bringing Mrs Doubtfire to the stage- I was in awe of them all! It was exciting to hear about their future projects too, such as The Devil Wears Prada Musical.

, Mrs Doubtfire Musical Celebrates 1st Nanniversary in the West End

There were also lots of stars there to celebrate with Mrs Doubtfire! Above you can see Lesley Joseph greeting Sally Lindsay. Lesley Joseph is currently starring as Sister Mary Lazarus in Sister Act the Musical at the nearby Dominion Theatre. She may have even popped to the party then straight back to play her role that night! That’s showbiz for you! I told Sally Lindsay that if I hadn’t been at the event, I would have seen her at home “on the tele” as I watched “Cold Call” that week!

Take a look at Mrs Doubtfire’s reel to see all the star-studded birthday messages:

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, Mrs Doubtfire Musical Celebrates 1st Nanniversary in the West End

As well as Lesley Joseph and Sally Lindsay, we spotted the lovely Linda Robson. Mum and I were so excited to notice the Birds of a Feather spot each other, quickly make their way to each other and have huge hugs which was lovely to see. You can catch a glimpse in my reel below:

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, Mrs Doubtfire Musical Celebrates 1st Nanniversary in the West End

Other stars we spotted were Maureen Lipman, Dame Kelly Holmes, Olivia Hallinan, Charlie Laux, Ainsley Harriott, Quincy Brown, Annabel Croft, Jowita Przystal, Michelle Tsiakkas, Laura Hamilton, Leigh Francis, Julia Bradbury, Hayley Palmer, Daniel Francis, Luba Mushtuk, Amy Hart, Giles Brandreth, Ben Radcliffe, Jane Moore, Vikki Stone, Jenny Ryan, Thom Tuck, Simone Arena, Daniel Ings, Jessie Cave, Francine Lewis and Matthew Morrison (who sat next to my mum during the show- he was lovely!).

, Mrs Doubtfire Musical Celebrates 1st Nanniversary in the West End

After the BBQ celebration, it was showtime!

, Mrs Doubtfire Musical Celebrates 1st Nanniversary in the West End

We stopped for a few photo opportunities on the way!

, Mrs Doubtfire Musical Celebrates 1st Nanniversary in the West End

The Royal Circle has a great view of the stage which made up for the lack of legroom (I did feel for Matthew Morrison with his long legs as he’s 6’4″ tall!). Thankfully, the show is so good that I didn’t think about this all the way through (but I admit I was relieved when we got to stand and stretch our legs out for the much deserved standing ovation at the end).

, Mrs Doubtfire Musical Celebrates 1st Nanniversary in the West End

Mrs Doubtfire the Musical – Our Thoughts

We were very lucky to watch the show on a special occasion, the first anniversary celebration, but looking at the social media accounts, and recent reviews from members of the public – every performance is a special performance.

We were in awe of Gabriel Vick as Daniel Hillard AKA the Mrs Doubtfire herself- what amazing talent- the impressions, comedic timing, acting, dancing and singing- he was fantastic! The whole cast are brilliant. Laura Tebbutt as Amanda Hillard nailed the character so well – she had the voice and exasperated expressions to a tee! Daniel’s brother and partner have a bigger role in the musical than the film which I am so happy about. Cameron Blakely as Frank and Marcus Collins as Andre were absolutely hilarious and also served to remind us that families come in different sizes, shapes, colours and genders.

There are all sorts of different families, Katie. Some families have one mummy, or two mummies, some families have one daddy, or two daddies. And some children live with their uncle or aunt. Some live with their grandparents, and some children live with foster parents. And some live in separate homes, in separate neighborhoods, in different areas of the country – and they may not see each other for days, or weeks, months… even years at a time. But if there’s love, dear… those are the ties that bind, and you’ll have a family in your heart, forever.

This is such a lovely and important message. Mrs Doubtfire The Movie is still well-loved but naturally, in some ways it has become outdated over time. Mrs Doubtfire the Musical is contemporary with fresh jokes reflecting the current affairs of our times and overall reflects our more modern inclusive times. There are ad-libs that can change from one show to another, keeping the show relevant, interesting and new each night.

Charlotte Fleming was lovely and talented as older sister, Lydia and the child actors playing Natalie and Christopher were superb. I love their relationship and how they all look out for each other, making this a real family show that so many of us can relate to.

Mrs Doubtfire isn’t the type of musical, in my opinion, that you listen to the soundtrack on repeat after watching the show, or even find yourself humming or singing a few days later. However, the songs are lively and catchy enough to get the audience clapping and moving along while live watching the show and that’s what it’s all about.

The set is perfect and seamlessly changes from the Hillard’s perfect family home to Daniel’s bachelor pad and the costumes and makeup are fabulous. I want Lydia’s preppy outfit and of course, the wonderful Mrs Doubtfire steals the show with her unique look and watching Gabriel Vick change from Daniel to Doubtfire right in front of our own eyes is very special indeed! The restaurant scene is even funnier watching live (if you can bear to watch!).

One unnerving aspect of Mrs Doubtfire is how real the character becomes to us. We witness the Hillards feeling this as they miss Mrs Doubtfire even once they have discovered that “she” is indeed “he”- their very own father. I found myself marvelling at how well this old woman moved and then remembering it’s actually Vick acting as Daniel acting as Mrs Doubtfire! It’s all very Shakespearean to me!

Apparently, Robin Williams insisted that in the film, Daniel and Miranda would not get back together. He wanted it to be realistic and helpful to children and adults going through the same thing. But I’m glad to say although there’s no reconciliation, that there is a happy ending to the story.

When your world is getting cold
And your story’s getting old
You can feel and you will like you’ve lost control

Just remember what you’ve got
Cuz you really got a lot
If you start with a heart in the right spot

Wherever you go
Wherever you go
The goodness will surely follow you
As long as there is love

And in Mrs Doubtfire the Musical, there is a lot of love!

As I mentioned above, at the end of the show the cast received a huge and well-deserved standing ovation for delivering an incredible show. Well done again to everyone involved and here’s to many more Nanniversaries in the future!

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Danny with a Camera then took a very special photo of all the cast and audience at the birthday performance- can you spot us?

, Mrs Doubtfire Musical Celebrates 1st Nanniversary in the West End

Mrs Doubtfire the musical is currently booking at the Shaftesbury Theatre until February 16th 2025.

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Thank you so much for inviting us to come and celebrate with you- we’re proud to be part of the family!

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