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