As the curtain falls on 2019, here are the top 10 shows that stood out for me this year, in the order that I saw them.
1. Three Sisters at the Almeida Theatre – this blew my Chekhovian socks off
2. A Belly Full at The Mill at Sonning – a hip-wiggling hit
3. Anna at the National Theatre – an unnerving Cold War thriller for the ears
4. The Lehman Trilogy at the Piccadilly Theatre – epic and intimate, theatre doesn’t get much better than this
5. A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Bridge Theatre – like being at a wild party you don’t want to end
6. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium – energy so palpable you could make a coat out of it
7. What’s in a Name at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre – long-buried resentments explode messily like a dropped bowl of cous cous
8. The Watsons at the Menier Chocolate Factory – a fantastic timey-wimey trip into the Jane Austen universe
9. Death of a Salesman at the Piccadilly Theatre – poetic, moving and devastating
10. A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic – an absolute cracker
Other honourable mentions go to:
and a special mention for Ian McKellen on Stage at the Harold Pinter Theatre – my final theatrical experience of the year. Possibly the best one of all.
I’ll be back in the New Year with my top picks for 2020.