My oh my what a vintage year for theatre. My beloved FCT put on two great shows in Barnum and Thoroughly Modern Millie, Lyceum Youth Theatre did a really clever site specific work called Hidden and MGA did a superb end of season Spring Awakenings at The Kings Theatre.
However, this review will focus on professional theatre. All of the following were extremely good but the pick of the bunch has to be Gipsy featuring the remarkable Imelda Staunton, Caucasian Chalk Circle at The Lyceum, Every Brilliant Thing by Paines Plough and our Ladies of Perpetual Succour at The Traverse (which I also saw at The Brunton – it’s coming back on tour next year. Do not miss it.)
Gipsy At The Savoy
Featured a remarkable performance by Imelda Staunton that will surely pick up multiple awards.
Caucasian Chalk Circle at The Lyceum
Simply breathtaking musical adaptation of the Brecht Classic with a stand our performance by Sarah Swire.
Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour at The Traverse
Hilarious romp with a stunning all female ensemble cast and band featuring the music of ELO like never before. Filthy, furious and funny as fuck..
Waiting For Godot at The Lyceum
Becket’s classic was utterly hilarious in this take by Bill Patterson and
The Venetian Twins at the Lyceum
Goldoni’s classic was laugh out loud from start to finish thanks to the blinding performance by Grant O’Rourke.
Hedda Gabler at The Lyceum
Yet another classic beautifully styled and carried by the brilliant Nicala Daley in the eponymous role.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime at The Barrymore, Broadway
Not as good as I’d hoped but a brilliant technical achievement.
Botanic Lights at The Botanics
Not theatre as such but an outstanding performance melding of music and light.
Fiction at The Pleasance Dome
A weird performance of, essentially, a radio play in utter darkness. Not even emergency lights. Unnerving.
887 by Robert Lepage at The EICC
Incredible story of Lepage’s life using a tiny house with operating models that was a unique theatrical experience. Much more intimate than his usual larger than life offerings.
Every Brilliant Thing by Paines Plough at Summerhall
The stand out play of the Fringe about a man suffering from depression and making long, long lists of things that make him happy to self medicate his illness. Truly brilliant.
Hamlet at The National
The Maxine Peake performance was broadcast to cinemas. She was electrifying.