Choice to favour small, local companies and avoid the big players after some horrors last year paid off- lots of entertainment and cheaper on the pocket. Trips to the TKTS booth in Leicester Square have also been fruitful.
Ruthlessly leaving at the interval when I don’t like it, or earlier if I can do so without disturbing anyone else, is also a winner.
The Almeida Hamlet is absolutely unforgettable and there have been lots of other highs
Obsession at the National, awful
My hope for a revival of Lettice and Lovage materialised but I managed to miss it – too much work. I have also failed to book tickets for King Lear with Ian Mckellen and it’s sold out. Bother! Otherwise Obsession at the Barbican-abysmal.
And finally, can someone please cast Peter Capaldi as Lear with Clara (I can’t remember her name!) as Cordelia?
(*Full reviews on my blog) 11/10
Hamlet * Almeida & West End Andrew Scott Icke
Prism* Hampstead Robert Lindsay
Imperium I & 2 RSC Stratford
Coriolanus RSC Stratford
Julius Caesar RSC Barbican
Twilight Zone Almeida
(Highly entertaining, innovative, witty and totally bonkers)
Richard III* Arcola Greg Hicks Ergen
Mary Stuart * Almeida (x2) Icke
Much Ado About Nothing* RSC, Haymarket Luscombe
Love’s Labour’s Lost* RSC, Haymarket Luscombe
All the Angels* Wanamaker (Globe) Munby
The Ferryman West End transfer Mendes
Persuasion Royal Exchange, Manchester James
(Deductions for physically pushing unwanted speakers off stage too many times and changing Fanny’s name to Felicity)
Don Juan in Soho* Wyndhams (x2) David Tennant Marber
Deduction for lame choreography
Ink Almeida Goold
(Deduction for too much information about physical printing process)
Limehouse Donmar Findlay
My Brilliant Friend Rose, Kingston Niamh Cusack Melly Still
(Not keen on bearded toddler or doll puppetry. Thoroughly entertaining otherwise and very clever)
Norman Conquests Chichester
(Excellent, witty production with brilliant comic performances)
Cell Mates Hampstead Geoffrey Streatfeild
(Earnest, lots of words, very intelligent night out)
Edward II Tristan Bates
Eyewatering and brilliant
Young Marx Bridge Theatre Rory Kinnear
Not as funny as I would have liked but talented cast, well staged
Massive deductions for political sledgehammer re Brexit and masturbation scene in garden in rain with ashes of dead husband plus consequent pregnancy (yes, really) BUT probably the acting performance of the year from incandescent Victoria Hamilton was worth about 207 points.
Comedy about a Bank Robbery The Criterion
Lots of funny bits, great singing, slightly too long and I didn’t like the rude bits….
Christmas Carol RSC Stratford
Socialist Worker version of Dickens tale. All a bit miserable especially Scrooge with dementia at the end.
The Mentor Vaudeville F. Murray Abraham
Odd little play, short and a bit creepy.
Dessert Southwark Trevor Nunn
Entertaining and good value for money at £20, if a daft play. Fabulous central performance by Stephen Hagan. Chopping off the very daft last 15 minutes would have improved the rating.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Pinter Imelda Staunton
Who’d stay married to Dolores Umbridge?
Rosencrantz & Guildernstern Old Vic Harry Potter
(Great performances; ever clever/dull play)
The Tempest RSC Barbican Simon Russell-Beale Gregory Doran
(Incongruous marriage of dated direction & hi-tech special effects. Left early.)
Gloria Hampstead Colin Morgan
Odd- could work with a re-write. Morgan was brilliant. Note to director -putting mics on actors, who then screech, is hard on the ears.
(Marks for the jaw-droppingly beautiful opening scene- best thing I have ever seen. Terrible play though and very hard on the ears. Escaped before interval.)
The Treatment Almeida Turner
A terrible waste of some very good actors. A play about the Sexploitation by the film industry of a real life story, is not best served by a silly, Sexploitative play. Escaped at the interval.
Titus Andronicus RSC Barbican
Silly, gimmicky production, lacking in any kind of logic and marred by a particularly graphic rape scene. One of my favourite plays, what a shame!
Little Matchgirl Globe
Soul-destroyingly miserable version of beautiful tale- political sledgehammer combined with dreary music.
Obsession Barbican Jude Law
(Another high sex, high shock waste of audience’s time and money. Comically bad except for Jude Law. If only there had been an interval, I would have run away)