Ahead of rounding up various publications #theatre2016 highlights, I’m taking a moment to reflect on my own theatregoing year and my favourite plays, musicals, performances and other events.
If you have to work on your birthday, this is just the kind of work you want. After watching the wonderful Amanda Muggleton rip through her 90-minute one-woman comedy The Book Club on Friday night (14 October 2016), I joined her one-on-one on the onstage sofa for more hilarity plus champagne at our post-show Q&A at the King’s Head Theatre.
As this is a one-woman show, the characters are realised only through Muggleton’s scathing commentaries in the mouth of once-literary but now blowsy Deborah, a superannuated Shirley Valentine from the Sydney or Sydenham suburbs: it’s quite hard to tell where the piece is set.
Award-winning Australian comedy The Book Club receives its London premiere in a four-week season at the King’s Head Theatre. It runs from 11 October to 5 November 2016, with a press night on 13 October and a post-show Q&A hosted by Mates co-founder Terri Paddock on Friday 14 October.