I took my lovely daughter for her very first taste of London. We had 36 hours and managed to cram in two West end shows, shopping, a little bit of sightseeing and lots more shopping.
We saw La Cage aux Folles and my stomach is still hurting - it does one good to laugh so much and for so long that it hurts. Extraordinarily the cast were laughing too.The rapport and interaction between cast, company and audience was amazing. It was glitzy and fantastic with both pathos and hysteria in buckets.
I do have a problem with the stage door syndrome, IMHO one pays for the show, the actor provides the entertainment and then if they want to go home for supper and a hot bath or a glammy party thats their call. Stage doors are over and above the job description and feel like an imposition.
However my daughter really wanted to try it, it was her treat, and she had brought her little brothers vortex manipulator toy with her for "Captain Jack" to sign. My littlest one prefers his sonic screwdriver and manipulator to a teddy bear. He sleeps, eats and lives those toys.
Simon Burke and John Barrowman were both friendly , welcoming and warm. John Barrowman was especially lovely, chatting for a long while and taking special care over the manipulat0r toy and asking about its owner. I have some wonderful pictures (posted in my scrapbook), my daughter has the best memories and I have the happiest little boy in the world because one actor took the time to go over and above. The world need more people like this.