Best of 2015: Theatre

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.


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