Jonathan Baz’s 2017 Diamond Dozen

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In what has been another full and stimulating year of reviewing countless revivals and some occasionally excellent new writing, below are the twelve productions that have impressed me the most during 2017.
3 are plays, 9 are musicals.

Even more compellingly, only 6 of the 12 originated in London. Of the remaining 6 shows (one of which hails from France) 5 were created in the UK’s regions. This speaks volumes for the vast amount of creative and performing talent that sits outside the M25. In alphabetical order, here is my 2017 Diamond Dozen:

42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London

A Christmas Carol at the Lyceum, London from the London Musical Theatre Orchestra

A Little Night Music at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Follies at the National Theatre, London

King Lear at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Pippin at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Singin’ In The Rain at the Grand Palais, Paris

Sunset Boulevard at Curve, Leicester

The Life at Southwark Playhouse, London

The Revlon Girl at the Park Theatre, London

Top Hat at Kilworth House Theatre, Leicestershire

Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London

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Theatre critic Jonathan Baz is London-based but with a coverage that extends far beyond the capital to include regional theatre as well as occasional forays into Europe and the USA. He enjoys reviewing new writing as much as seeing fresh interpretations of well-known plays and musicals. Jonathan also sits on the judging panel of London's Off West End Awards ("the Offies") and has published numerous interviews and features with leading figures in the film and theatre world. Away from the arts, Jonathan is a practising Chartered Accountant with a number of clients in the entertainment industries. He blogs at www.jonathanbaz.com and tweets at @MrJonathanBaz.
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Jonathan Baz
Theatre critic Jonathan Baz is London-based but with a coverage that extends far beyond the capital to include regional theatre as well as occasional forays into Europe and the USA. He enjoys reviewing new writing as much as seeing fresh interpretations of well-known plays and musicals. Jonathan also sits on the judging panel of London's Off West End Awards ("the Offies") and has published numerous interviews and features with leading figures in the film and theatre world. Away from the arts, Jonathan is a practising Chartered Accountant with a number of clients in the entertainment industries. He blogs at www.jonathanbaz.com and tweets at @MrJonathanBaz.