Saint Joan (Donmar)
Kinky Boots (Adelphi)
The White Devil (Globe)
Sex With Strangers (Hampstead)
The Play That Goes Wrong (Duchess)
Twelfth Night (NT)
The Taming of the Shrew (Globe)
Twelfth Night (Merely Theatre)
Love in Idleness (Menier)
The Red Shoes (Bourne)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Old Vic)
The Treatment (Almeida)
Romeo and Juliet (Globe)
Romeo and Juliet (Union Theatre)
Madame Rubinstein (Park)
Woyzeck (Old Vic)
Twelfth Night (Globe)
Twelfth Night (Rain or Shine)
Life of Galileo (Young Vic)
Tristan and Yseult (Globe)
The Ferryman (Gielgud)
Certain Young Men (NT)
Wind in the Willows (Progress)
Yank! (Charing Cross)
Much Ado About Nothing (Globe)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Apollo)
Wings (Young Vic)
Young Frankenstein (Garrick)
St George and the Dragon (NT)
Young Marx (Bridge)
Oslo (Harold Pinter)
The Secret Theatre (Globe)
Dracula (Rain or Shine)
(It was kind of the year of Twelfth Night)
Anyway, in no particular order, the top 10 were:
The Red Shoes (Bourne) – gorgeous, lyrical, funny with some very nice period dance pieces and AMAZING set changes (the onstage proscenium arch swivelled to show backstage). It’s Matthew Bourne.
The Play That Goes Wrong (Duchess) – imagine an amateur theatre company, and then imagine every possible thing that could go wrong. And hurt yourself laughing. Several times.
Twelfth Night (NT) – We are stylish. You are peasants. Everyone is gay or at least bisexual. And of course the Elephant is a drag club, it’s Antonio’s local.
Boudica (Globe) – FIGHT. Never fucking forget you’re a queen and that you will have bloody vengeance, and then fucking yell London Calling to the heavens.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (Old Vic) – Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua Maguire are here to be confused at you, and the Player King is here to really confuse you. Hamlet is here to drink cocktails in a deckchair on the boat to England.
Twelfth Night (Globe) – Fuck the text, we’re going to go to the 70s on a disco cruise ship, crash into a scottish island, and everyone is going to dance at all times, wear kilts and have terrible mullets. Olivia’s going to be in her 40s and be seduced by Sebastian in one seriously sexy tango. Bring your inner diva.
Much Ado About Nothing (Globe) Mexican Revolution. Horseback done by puppetry and stillts. Full. On. Beatrice and Benedick sniping. A seriously menacing Don Pedro. ‘Nothing rhymes with senorita but…’ *audience* ‘Margarita!’ ‘Oh, not bad…’ And achieved the impossible by making Dogberry make sense for once by having him be an American film director who can’t speak the language.
Oslo (Harold Pinter) – documenting all the behind the scenes meetings of the Oslo accords, where they achieved the miracle of getting the Palestinians and Israelis to sit in a room and talk to each other. unbelievably tense, utterly brilliant.
Tristan and Yseult (Globe) – Everyone needs love. You may go back to being part of the Unloved. You also need to do it in a funny, impressionist dance and song way with lots of trailing red cloth.
Wings (Young Vic) – recovery from a stroke, from the point of view of an ex wing-walker rediscovering her sense of self, memories and ability to communicate. And btw, Juliet Stevenson will do all this while mostly spinning on a trapeze above the audience.
The worst (avoid like the plague)
Common (NT) This was TURGID. and DREARY. And REPETITIVE. I actually wrote a blog post on how much I hated it.
Against (Almeida) – Elon Musk-alike decides to rediscover himself by going out and talking to people across America, do some really terrible journey of Jesus allusions, and say absolutely fucking nothing but does disappear up his own arsehole. Only even vaguely watchable due to Ben Whishaw.