How to keep your theatrical spirits up on Blue Monday
The third January of the year is commonly known as Blue Monday, otherwise known as the saddest day of the year. Blue Monday 2022 is on 17 Jan. 2022. Novelty surrounding the optimism of a New Year has worn off, the nights still draw in early, and there’s not much to look forward to in the immediate future.
While this year’s Blue Monday may feel even gloomier, leaving us deep in our emotional feels, we all deserve a slice of happiness. Here’s how the theatre can cheer us up all long, whether it’s Blue Monday or all year long.
Shows to see on Blue Monday in London
Instead of staying inside on Blue Monday, plan a fun evening at the theatre. Many shows are playing on Blue Monday in London in 2022, and you can book tickets now on TodayTix. We’ve listed all the West End shows in London on 17 January.
Book Blue Monday tickets to Back to the Future.
Book Blue Monday tickets to Come From Away.
Book Blue Monday tickets to Dear Evan Hansen.
Book Blue Monday tickets to Jersey Boys.
Book Blue Monday tickets to Life of Pi.
Book Blue Monday tickets to Mamma Mia!
Book Blue Monday tickets to Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
Book Blue Monday tickets to Only Fools and Horses: The Musical.
Book Blue Monday tickets to The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage.
Book Blue Monday tickets to The Book of Mormon.
Book Blue Monday tickets to The Drifters Girl.
Book Blue Monday tickets to Tina – The Tina Turner Musical.
Theatre TikTok is the future
Theatre kids on TikTok are saving the industry. Think of a topic and there’s probably content creators brainstorming musical theater ideas for it already. A Bridgerton musical with a Grammy-nominated soundtrack? Check. A YouTube production of Hamilton made entirely on Animal Crossing that’s going viral? Check. Don’t forget Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical, which raised over $2 million or The Actors Fund in 2021.
New trends are taking over our FYPs, and the next musical hit is surely going to be influenced by TikTok. Theatre kids really are taking over the world and we’re here for it.
YouTube has provided so much entertainment
Hours of doomscrolling has equally gone hand in hand with hours of laughter, thanks to YouTube. There are literally billions of videos to choose from; research suggests that it would take 60,000 years of non-stop watching to view every single video. Even so, there’s a video for literally anything you can imagine, showcasing the good, the bad, and the ugly. Haven’t had a YouTube spiral into the unknown yet? Let us start you off with some of our favourite Tony Award performances. Sharing videos between theatre friends is definitely a good way to stay connected too.
There’s been lots of time to read theatre books
We’ve all done Zoom lockdown quizzes, so we don’t need to tell you how awkward/repetitive/time-consuming they can be. But with all this spare time we’ve found ourselves with, we’ve been soaking up facts from our favourite theatre books to stun the competition. From must-read theatre books that have been read in every book club, as well as inspirational takes in novels, we really have read more than ever before and improved our theatre knowledge at the same time.
Spending more time alone has meant we sing to ourselves all the time
Spending time apart has meant we’ve been “Waving Through A Window” to say hello to friends. But we’ll always remember a time when we were “fearless, proud, and strong” in the face of adversity, and that “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” Yes, we have been singing musical theatre songs on repeat and yes we do segue musicals in daily conversations and no we’re not going to stop. Musical theatre lyrics are really giving us hope right now for a brighter tomorrow, it’s only a day away…
Daily walks have been accompanied by theatre podcasts
Solo walks may be a daily occurrence, but we’ve been accompanied by stagey counterparts; audio plays and conversations have been pumping in our ears while on the move. Forget coffee, inject podcasts into our veins for all the energy we need.
Streaming services are celebrating the glories of theatre past
We’ve been delving into our theatre memories. Okay, so we can’t recreate the bustling atmosphere of busy auditoriums and queuing for the restrooms, but online streams have allowed us to binge our favorite stage shows on repeat. Streaming services like BroadwayHD, Broadway On Demand, and Stage2View have hundreds of productions between them. There’s offerings from across the globe too, so you can pretend you’re traveling halfway around the world to see a show, something we can only dream of at the moment.
We can see just how far theatre has come
In watching so many old productions, it’s been the perfect time to take stock of how magic the theatre really is. Set changes are definitely slicker, costumes are shinier and illusions defy belief. The quality of Broadway shows just improve with each season, and we can dream of the incredible productions which will soon come our way.