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Theatre – 2018 Plays

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.

#PlayVenueSpot Thoughts
1Sea Wall (x6)The Old Vic Theatre
2Julius Caesar (x2)The Bridge TheatreAn immersive production with a really fantastic cast
3The Wild Duck (x2)Almeida TheatreSo moving, a really wonderful production – with the attic as a very excellent stage design
4Madness of King George(Nottingham) Playhouse TheatreA really excellent production with a star turn by Mark Gatiss
5Measure for Measure (x2)Donmar Warehouse
6Lifespan of a Fact (x3)Studio 54 (New York)
7BeginningAmbassadors Theatre
8Mary StuartDuke of York Theatre
9Julius CaesarBarbican Theatre
10Lobby Hero (x2)Helen Hayes Theatre (New York)How could I miss Chris Evans on the stage
11King LearDuke of York Theatre
12Imperium IGielgud Theatre
13Imperium IIGielgud Theatre
14Titus AndonicusBarbican Theatre
15The Birthday PartyHarold Pinter Theatre
16Building a WallPark Theatre
17Witness for the ProsecutionLondon County Hall
18ApologiaLaura Pels Theater (New York)
19Antony and CleopatraOlivier Theatre
20HonourPark Theatre
21Straight White MenHelen Hayes Theatre (New York)
22True WestVaudeville Theatre
23Killer JoeTrafalgar Theatre
24MacbethOlivier TheatreA 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

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