As another year passes it’s time to reflect on this years theatre trips. There have been some massive openings this year, a few well-deserved West End transfers and as always a few little gems Off-West End. CTP has grown significantly and I’ve taken a step back this year, becoming more co-ordinator and editor. But of course, you can’t keep this theatre passionate out of the theatres completely!
My all-time favourite show (yes, Jersey Boys!) closed this year but there were many delights to potentially take its place. There were the normal big-budget productions, that do feature in my top ten, but amongst them are some Off-West End productions. These shows really made me think and not all were the expected all singing, all dancing spectacles.
My growing team have reviewed a huge number of shows and all have their personal favourites. Some have even evoked such passion within their reviews I have subsequently paid to see it for myself. One of these was Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar And Grill. I have to say this did not disappoint and I wholeheartedly agreed with the five-star review by Haydn James. A regret this year is that I didn’t manage to get to The Life at Southwark Playhouse. That was a treat by the sound of it and resulted in untold award nomination success.
I attended a few one-off performances, some of which also left lasting impressions. The two which really stick in my mind was The Color Purple and Audra McDonald Live the Leicester Square Theatre. Scripts For Supper a culinary delight served up by Annie McKenzie and team was also a 2017 highlight. Watch out for future dates it’s not to be missed if you like good theatre accompanied by great food!
This year also saw some definite turkeys in my opinion and I awarded my first ever one-star review. Being the positivity queen I am that hurt and I struggled writing it. On the whole, though, whilst I’ve seen less this year the quality of productions have been outstanding. The large number that didn’t make the list but easily could have, on any given day, is testament to this.
So without further ado here is the list of personally viewed shows:
My Top Ten
- 42nd Street
- An American In Paris
- 46 Beacon
- Bat Out Of Hell The Musical
- Ordinary Days
- Half A Sixpence
- The Toxic Avenger
- Funny Girl The Musical (Touring)
- Thriller Live
Remember this is one non-London residing theatre passionate viewer’s opinion.