In 2018 I managed to see 24 productions, of which I quite a few more than once – due to the quality. So many plays that I wish I could have captured for repeat experiencing. Each iteration was different, and special, which is why I love live theatre so much.
- The top 15 were all excellent in their way, and am glad I got to see them.
- The next (16-19) were good, and worth the time to watch.
- The next lot (20-23) were ones that were ok, but if I hadn’t seen them I wouldn’t have worried about it.
- The last one (24) is one I will shudder over for years to come…absolutely hated it – which being Macbeth and that cast was doubly painful. It was 3.5hrs and £55 of awfulness, production, acting, direction, and set.
Obviously this is my opinion, and probably/may differ completely from yours.. that’s the joy of art, it’s in the eye of the beholder.
|1||Sea Wall (x6)||The Old Vic Theatre|
|2||Julius Caesar (x2)||The Bridge Theatre||An immersive production with a really fantastic cast|
|3||The Wild Duck (x2)||Almeida Theatre||So moving, a really wonderful production – with the attic as a very excellent stage design|
|4||Madness of King George||(Nottingham) Playhouse Theatre||A really excellent production with a star turn by Mark Gatiss|
|5||Measure for Measure (x2)||Donmar Warehouse|
|6||Lifespan of a Fact (x3)||Studio 54 (New York)|
|8||Mary Stuart||Duke of York Theatre|
|9||Julius Caesar||Barbican Theatre|
|10||Lobby Hero (x2)||Helen Hayes Theatre (New York)||How could I miss Chris Evans on the stage|
|11||King Lear||Duke of York Theatre|
|12||Imperium I||Gielgud Theatre|
|13||Imperium II||Gielgud Theatre|
|14||Titus Andonicus||Barbican Theatre|
|15||The Birthday Party||Harold Pinter Theatre|
|16||Building a Wall||Park Theatre|
|17||Witness for the Prosecution||London County Hall|
|18||Apologia||Laura Pels Theater (New York)|
|19||Antony and Cleopatra||Olivier Theatre|
|21||Straight White Men||Helen Hayes Theatre (New York)|
|22||True West||Vaudeville Theatre|
|23||Killer Joe||Trafalgar Theatre|
|24||Macbeth||Olivier Theatre||A completely awful production – the three witches had one running around like a toddler, one like a voodoo witch, and the other some kind of water thing… and it got worse and worse from there|