The candelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe opened its doors in January 2014
After perusing so many other people’s year-end, best of lists, and compiling a few of mine, I hugely enjoyed taking part in the “As Yet Unnamed London Theatre Podcast” (cunningly named) comprehensive #theatre2014 review of the year discussion.
These guys - TRP Watson, Gareth James, Phil from West End Whingers
and Shakespeare lecturer Julie Raby
– are dedicated, lifelong theatregoers and SO incredibly knowledgeable. No doubt, they could teach many national newspaper critics a thing or two.
Watson has edited a lively debate, which lasted more than two hours, into a great listen. We concluded by identifying discoveries we’d made during the year, be they new or rediscovered: the Globe’s indoor Jacobean Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and the breadth and brilliance of The Kinks’ back catalogue, as demonstrated in Sunny Afternoon
, figured on most of our lists. For my personal discoveries, I added East Is East
director Sam Yates and Southwark Playhouse, my much-loved local providing high-quality drama on my doorstep.
Key start points to aim for if you’re short time:
Royal Court [0:05:36]
Young Vic [0:12:58]
Donmar Warehouse [0:15:45]
National Theatre [0:20:14]
West End plays and St James’ Theatre [0:27:07]
Old Vic [0:39:27]
Hampstead Theatre [0:41:47]
Southwark Playhouse and Arcola [0:48:37]
Contributors’ theatre discoveries of 2014 [0:58:34]
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse [1:01:38]
For links to more AYULTP podcasts
As Yet Unnamed London Theatre Podcast
In-depth discussion about the highlights, lowlights, trends, artistic directors and discoveries that made 2014 such an interesting year in London theatre. Including comment from me, Terri Paddock!