2015 Theatre List…

Like the world needs another one of these.

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.

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