Normally I do two of these – Top Ten Shows and Top Ten Performances – but this year I’m combining the two – plus some sundry other awards.
Opening in London this month is the transfer of the NT’s Nine Night (now at Trafalgar Studios), Jailbirds at the Etcetera Theatre, Pinocchio at The Albany, One For The Road at the Rosemary Branch, Orpheus at Battersea Arts Centre and Pinter 5 & 6 will arrive at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
The winners of the 64th Evening Standard Theatre Awards have been announced, with double wins for the National Theatre’s Antony & Cleopatra and the West End productions of Company and Hamilton.
While I may see less, I still have plenty to say. So I thought I’d start with the shows I’ve seen and loved that have transferred (or are soon transferring) to the West End.
The Jungle is theatre at its best: transformative and wholly enveloping. It sucker punches you whilst it is happening and it blooms long after you have left the makeshift Jungle. I was a late arrival. Don’t miss the boat. It’s beautiful.
I know I say ‘you should see this’ about quite a lot of shows. But honestly, you need to see The Jungle. You just need to. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry and it will make you so angry you want to scream.
The aim of the album is to challenge preconceptions people may have about refuge and refugees; creativity in those situations might seem, in some ways, to be at the back of people’s minds, when in fact it might be the simplest way of keeping yourself going.
Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson’s acclaimed The Jungle transfers from the Young Vic to the West End. But what have critics had to say about it?
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
The Jungle by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson has won the South Bank Sky Arts Awards in the 2018 Theatre category, while at the same ceremony Benedict Cumberbatch received the coveted Outstanding Achievement Award.
The full cast has been announced for the West End transfer of Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson’s The Jungle, a National Theatre and Young Vic co-production with Good Chance Theatre, directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin.
As ever, if you’re insatiable for new theatre, there are plenty of openings for you. In London, Space Dogs plays a short run at Theatre N16, Laura Linney makes her London stage debut in My Name Is Lucy Barton at the Bridge Theatre.
Former artistic director of the Young Vic, director and playwright David Lan will be presented with the Special Award at the Olivier Awards 2018 ceremony on Sunday 8 April at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
While I’m having to scale back my theatregoing this year, the quality of the shows I’ve seen recently has made up for the reduction in volume. For anyone looking for inspiration, here are my latest recommendations.
The National Theatre and Young Vic co-production with Good Chance Theatre of Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson’s The Jungle will receive a West End transfer.
Lots & lots of shows have their first performances in London and across the country this month, including new productions of Pinter’s The Birthday Party, Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan, and Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well.
This new play about refugee-camp life in Calais is a gruelling docu-drama, powerful but oh so middle class!
I’m not usually crazy about rankings and hierarchy in the creative arts so, please, see this as more of a summary of all the shows that really shook me. Except for the Number One. I’m all about cheerleading that star at the top of my own personal Christmas tree. But I loved each of these shows and, if you caught them, I hope you did too.
This Young Vic and National Theatre co-production examines the stories of those who lived in The Jungle in Calais. It runs at the Young Vic until 9 January 2018. Here Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews.
What’s made Victoria Sadler’s top ten theatre recommendations for new shows in December 2017? Well, Hamilton, of course. But also The Twilight Zone, Parliament Square, Misalliance, How to Win Against History, Callisto: A Queer Epic and…?
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