1. Gypsy ~ Savoy
Imelda Staunton + Sondheim. Was always going to hard to beat.
2. People Places and Things ~ NT
Denise Gough really was that amazing. This show didn't sound like much on paper.
3. Scottsboro Boys ~ Garrick
I rarely ever see anything twice, but this west end transfer was maybe even better than the original Young Vic show.
4. The Marriage Of Figaro ~ Cutty Sark
About 20mins into this show I realised I’d seen it before, in a pub in North London about a year earlier. Oh well, lucky I liked it.
5. The Mikado ~ ENO
Dead funny. I'm still a sucker for Gilbert and Sullivan, despite everything.
6. The Book Of Mormon ~ Prince Of Wales
Finally got round to Mormon. Its good, maybe not quite as racy as I thought it might be, but it is funny.
7. Songs For A New World ~ St James
Some great songs and just about the best cast you could imagine.
8. Something Rotten ~ St James, NY
I laughed start to end.
9. Lippy ~ Young Vic
Wish I could see this again really. An unusual presentation of suicide.
10. The Hard Problem ~ NT
New Tom Stoppard play for the new Dorfman theatre. Explores the problem of consciousness, but perhaps not quite thoroughly enough.
11. Between Worlds ~ Barbican
That 9/11 opera. Haunting.
12. A View From The Bridge ~ Wyndham
Pretty good. Bit overrated though.
13. Carmen Disruption ~ Almeida
Lots of interesting characters, a lot going on. A Simon Stephens play I actually didn't hate.
14. Beyond Caring ~ NT
Some cleaners working the night shift in a meat factory. Tough going but it stayed with me. Very real.
15. Rules For Living ~ NT
Funny. Really good for most of it, but then the end was a bit silly and a total downer.
16. Carmen ~ Soho Theatre
Another good OperaUpClose production. Didn't always exactly make sense, but it was fun all the same.
17. La bohème ~ ENO
Some of my favourite music. Not the most emotionally engaging version I’ve seen, but still good. The whole heroin thing was probably not necessary.
18. Bull ~ Young Vic
Harsh. Top quality bulling though.
19. Tree ~ Old Vic
I enjoyed this even with the normally unbearable Tim Key in it.
20. Closer ~ Donmar Warehouse
I love this story for some reason. Its just so brutal. Play didn't stray far from the film though.