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#1 theatreliker


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Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:32 PM

Sorry if it's too early or been posted elsewhere.
Highlights: Noises Off (Old Vic).
Posh (Duke of York's).
Blood Brothers - closing 'ultimate' cast (Phoenix).
Laurie Metcalf's performance in Long Day's Journey into Night (Nottingham Theatre Royal).

Also enjoyed: Twelfth Night (Globe), Sweeney Todd (Adephi), Betrayal (Crucible) and Taming of the Shrew (Globe).

Lowlights: Gatz (Noel Coward), The Sunshine Boys (Savoy).
2014 theatre: Blithe Spirit (Gielgud)  Booked: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy)  Waterbabies (Curve)  View from the Bridge (Young Vic)  Birdland (Royal Court).

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:38 PM

My last show of the year is on Dec 29th. Ask me then :lol:

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:48 PM

Highlight - Daddy Long Legs at the St James

Lowlight - the deep vein  thrombosis after 2 hours at the St James :lol:

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:15 PM

I'm still writing up my reviews and I will have my favourite productions up soon, but here's my high and low points

  • Wonderful Town
  • The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui (Chichester)
  • The Orphan of Zhao (RSC)
  • The Tempest (RSC)
  • Uncle Vanya (Chichester)
  • Measure for Measure (RSC)
  • Julius Caesar (RSC)
  • One Man, Two Guvnors
  • Kiss Me Kate (Chichester)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (NT Live)
  • The Last of the Haussmans (NT Live)
  • Heartbreak House (Chichester)
  • YPS King Lear (RSC)
  • South Pacific
  • Troilus and Cressida (RSC)
  • Travelling Light (NT Live)

My reviews can also be found at "A Night at the Theatre"


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Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:17 PM

One Man, Two Governers
Wonderful Town
42nd Street

Dirty Dancing
Hitchhikers Guide
Rock of Ages
I can't think out of the box as I don't have a box to start with.

#6 Michael H

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:09 AM

At the Edinburgh Fringe, I would say "Mess".  The second time I have put a Caroline Horton piece in one of these lists, and it was such a moving, funny, emotional piece.
Me is directing again - Private Peaceful at the Charles Cryer Theatre, Carshalton, 23 to 26 April 2014.

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:22 AM

Looking back it has been more highs than lows - though I have been to the West End venues less. Anyhows ..

Beautiful Burnout (tour at Hull Truck)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (West Yorkshire Playhouse)
Patience (Union Theatre)
Matilda (Cambridge Theatre)
Sweeney Todd (Adelphi Theatre)

Loserville (West Yorkshire Playhouse)
King & I (tour at Cardiff New Theatre)
Government Inspector (Northern Broadsides tour at Stephen Joseph Theatre).
The engine roared, the motor hissed,
And who could see that the road would twist

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:36 AM


Victor Victoria      Southwark Playhouse
Merrily We Roll Along Menier
Play without words   Sadler's Wells
Sweeney Todd     Adelphi


Get Stuff Break Free    NT
Sunshine Boys Savoy
The Awkward Squad    Arts
Sex With A Stranger    Trafalgar Studios

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:02 PM


Isles of Wonder (Olympic Park - Danny Boyle / Underworld / Dizzee Rascal / Arctic Monkeys / et al)
Branches: The Nature of Crisis (National Theatre Wales - Constanza Macras / DorkyPark, Berlin)
Choir Boy (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs - Tarell Alvin McCraney / Dominic Cooke)
Boys (Headlong Theatre ~ HighTide, Nuffield Southampton, Soho Theatre - Ella Hickson / Robert Icke)
Where Have I Been All My Life? (New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme - Alecky Blythe)

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:12 PM

Ok, was wondering who would get this going:
For someone who doesn't often get to musicals, Matilda and Top Hat def two off the highlights. Pure joy.

Uncle Vanya at The Print Room. Discovering new venue , two in fact, for me as hadn't been to The Jermyn st before, def a highlight. Probably All That Fall, despite the thrombosis, the highlight of the year. Something about seeing one of our best actresses at the top of her game, unselfconscious yet so crafted...

Long Day's Journey again a masterclass and what a play!
Timon of Athens rediscovered for our age and SRB doing it v well.
Red Velvet and This House: new plays, new writers.

Lowlights: sorry but King Lear at The Almeida. Shouty, shouty
A Chorus of Disapproval, not as funny as it could be ( v disappointing knicker ripping scene)

Honourable mentions:
the Dark Earth and the Light Sky, very sensitive portrayal of difficult subject for a play
Jumpy, shallow ultimately but a good laugh at the time

Seeing Kiss Me Kate tonight so,this might be the Year of the Musical for me.

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