Don’t want to forget all the theatre I’ve seen this year so I’m going to list it all with a brief description/review, in reverse chronological order.

  • Belleville |Donmar|It was good right up to denouement, which was uninspired and disappointing.
  • The Lady In The Sea|Donmar| Booked shortly after seeing Knives in Hens, really enjoyed it. Straightforward plot but in a good way and the staging was great.
  • Knives In Hens | Donmar | Yael Farber | Really good, first time at the Donmar which I really liked too. 90 minutes no interval was refreshing after last two plays. Two incredibly attractive male leads. Kinda weird sex dream scene involving a bag of flower, but like, it worked.
  • Cat on A Hot Tin Roof | Apollo | Sienna Miller and Jack O’ Connell | Like, okaaaay maybe above average but the second half was so damn long. Set design was cool.
  • The Ferryman | Gielgud | Jez Butterworth, Paddy Considine, Sam Mendes | Probably best thing this year. The scene with Auntie Faraway maybe a bit self-indulgently long by 20 minutes but whatever it’s a Greek myth retold as part of The Troubles. I reckon Top Three Things I’ve seen.
  • Woyzeck | Old Vic | John Boyega | Absolutley guttingly, John Boyega (whose name & face took up most of the poster) was ill, so we got the understudy. Who tbh was great. Play was good, plot was a bit straight-forward. Staging with the weird meat walls (seriously) was excellent.
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead | The Old Vic | Daniel Radcliffe | I enjoyed it, I’d never seen Stoppard before. Got the cheap seats at the Old Vic which meant that I had to pretty much imagine what was happening on stage but the tiny sliver of action I saw was great, Daniel Radcliffe was too.
  • Salome | The National | Yael Farber | Didn’t help that I saw this on the hottest day of the heatwave but Fuck me I literally fell asleep, “hey you know what will make this play great? Extensive scenes exclusively in Aramaic” said no one ever.
  • Twelfth Night | The National | Tamsin Grieg | I liked this, but I have fond memories of Twelfth night which stem exclusively to a specific year 9 English lesson with Mrs Birkett where Toby Jackman and I had to act out the “Some Have Greatness Thrust Upon Them” scene where Toby, as Malvolio, overacted so dramatically I cried laughing and we got told off. To be honest, was a very run-of-the mill Shakespeare semi-modernisation which resulted in some weird anachronisms. Tamsin Grieg was excellent though.
  • Hedda Gabler | The National | Ruth Wilson| Really excellent. Most effective use of tomato juice as a prop in living memory.

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