Post by Cardinal Pirelli on Dec 15, 2017 20:41:03 GMT
These are bound to start coming in, so here's a couple to get the ball rolling - Billington and Gardner in a compare and contrast of top tens. Only The Ferryman appears in both and, somewhat surprisingly, neither includes Angels in America.
1. The Ferryman (Royal Court and Gielgud, London) 2. Albion (Almeida, London) 3. Girl from the North Country (Old Vic, London) 4. Network (Lyttelton, London) 5. Imperium (The Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon) 6. Follies (Olivier, London) 7. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Harold Pinter theatre, London) 8. The Gabriels (Attenborough Centre, Brighton) 9. An Octoroon (Orange Tree, Richmond) 10. Consent (Dorfman, London)
Post by Someone in a tree on Dec 19, 2017 19:41:21 GMT
Let’s start with the bad
I had an extreme disliking of Follies, Working, She loves me, Carousel, Magic Flute (Soho Theatre), Aida (ENO) & Young Marx
Please no Lonny Price & Alfie Boe in any form.
The Exterminating Angel bored me senseless. I really don’t get the hype it got.
And now the good.
Night Music, 42 nd St and On the Town, Yank were just wonderful.
The Frogs. Such an odd piece and in a very uneven production. The first act was tedious but the second was wonderful, can someone please cut out the low comedy and turn it into one swift act? - really glad I’ve seen it though
Despite the Brexit nonsense at the start I really enjoyed Committee. Also Pinocchio and Wind in the Willows as shows which the board gave the thumbs down to but I enjoyed.
Northern Ballet Casanova wins hands down for the few dance pieces I’ve seen.
Plays Hamlet (Almeida) 12 th Night (NT - can’t believe I liked something at the NT!). Both brilliant.
La strada and These trees are made of blood really moved me.
Adored Venus in fur. Like an opera but without singing!
LOVED SRB & Hayden Gwyne @ the RSC but not so sure about the productions. Audrey Brisson, Phoebe Fildes, Michael Matus, Dilly Keane, Natalie Dormer & Wallis Giunta all acted brilliantly.
ENO’s The day after was great, if not a little long. Performing outside the Coli suits the company.
ETO’s Patience was really rather good and so was meeting board member, Mr Snow in the interval
Opera Up Close, Onegin. Wow. I liked the updating, the butchered libretto and the band. This production really worked.
Opera North’s fairy tale season was really excellent and then The little greats season was astounding. Well worth travel and hotel costs -*Trouble in Tahiti* is on the telly over Crimbo and it’s sublime. The ending had me in tears.
"As you chose to be ... inventive ... with the presentation we've been inventive with the payment. We will settle our account with these banknotes artistically rolled into a spindle and generously enrobed in a thick layer of candle wax."
"Oh, you want a tip? Be careful melting the wax or you'll damage the banknotes. Good luck."
I have the ability to speak to animals. If they had the ability to understand that speech then we'd really be on to something.
This seems like the right place to post - I was surprised there wasn't a longer thread, as usually we get quite a good list of posters' best and/or worst shows of the year. Anyhow, my lists are below. I think 2017 was an excellent year for theatre, and look forward to a lot more in 2018. I'll also do my best to post more - promise!
10 An American in Paris (Dominion) 9. Mary Stuart (Almeida) 8. Follies (Olivier) 7. Albion (Almeida) 6. Hamlet (Almeida) 5. She Loves Me (Menier) 4. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Pinter) 3. Beginning (Dorfman) 2. Angels in America - Part One (Lyttelton) 1. The Ferryman (Royal Court) - BEST
There were actually a LOT of good shows vying for the top 10, but the depth of writing and performance of the Ferryman came out top. I think it could be a classic. Beginning was a big surprise, and a wonderful one too.
And for the worst shows of the year:
10 Art (Old Vic) or Young Marx (Bridge) 9. Coming Clean (Kings Head) 8. Sex with Strangers (Hampstead) 7. The Treatment (Almeida) 6. St Joan (Donmar) 5. Oslo (Lyttelton) 4. Committee (Donmar) 3. Against (Almeida) 2. The Philanthropist (Trafalgar) 1. Wings (Young Vic) - WORST
As I’ve got 3 days of London theatre right under the wire I’m going to be late with my round ups...I hate to bias it in advance but there’s a chance Follies or Jamie could bump Something else out of the list so....
I don’t include “worst” in my blog posts because I don’t think that’s fair to the creatives. However I will say here that The Ferryman and Tiger Bay were the lost “over hyped” and therefore longest feeling evenings of theatre this year...
Publicly Funded Play Most Likely to Send the Daily Mail’s Critic Over the Edge - Common
Most Pretentious Play That Somehow Managed to Have an Even More Pretentious Trailer - Salome (NT)
Worst Theatrical Barnet of the Year award - John Heffernan (St George & the Dragon)
Best Bling - Follies
Smoothest Ticket Buying Experience - Hamilton
Musical Moment of the Year - Bat Out of Hell at the Coliseum “It’s so brilliantly awful it teeters on awfully brilliant.”
Award for Bringing in a New Audience - Bat Out of Hell "It is unlikely that so many middle-aged men and women in leather jackets with patches on the back will ever be seen in an opera house ever again."
Best Interval Grub - The Bridge Theatre (Madeleines)
Best Baby - A tie between The Ferryman and Consent
Best Beast - Goats in 'Goats'
Best Theatre Cat - Marley at the Bush Theatre (he stuck it out whilst the other cat, Pirate, legged it during the building works)
Award for Extraordinarily Missing the Point - The guy who punched an audience member who complained about using a phone at a Christmas Carol (Goodwill to all men?)
Theatre Marathon - Angels in America
Award for Consistency - Almeida "in the long-distance category, programming only one play under 150 minutes this year."
Bare-Faced Cheek Award in Marketing - Craft Theatre, "who removed the words “lack of” from the line in The Stage’s review that criticised a “spectacular lack of intellectual rigour”"
Most Unnecessary Theatre Moment of 2017 - Hair (clothing optional performance)
Best Celebrity Casting - Other Palace (Kelsey Grammer for Big Fish)
Worst Celebrity Casting - Park Theatre (Gyles Brandreth’s family Hamlet)
The Darkest Corners at Transform Festival, Leeds by Rashdash Persuasion at Royal Exchange, Manchester Returning to Reims at HOME, Manchester by Schaubuhne, Berlin A House in Asia at Manipulate 2017, Glasgow by Agrupación Señor Serrano AquaSonic at SONICA 2017, Glasgow by Between Music Tommy at the Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham The Seven Acts of Mercy at RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon The Gabriels at Brighton Festival, Brighton My Big Sister Taught Me This Lapdance at IBT17, Bristol Team Viking at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol The Earthworks and Myth at RSC, Stratford upon Avon Conquest of the South Pole at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre Julius Caesar at Sheffield Crucible Desire Under The Elms at Sheffield Crucible Prayer for the Abstract at ICE/C-DaRE Coventry University The Natural Order at Arboretum Park/Summer Lodge All The Little Lights by Jane Upton at The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth What If The Plane Falls Out Of The Sky? at The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter by Idiot Child With Force and Noise by Hannah Sullivan at The Wickham Theatre, Bristol O No! by Jamie Wood at Warwick Arts Centre Wrecking Ball at Birmingham Rep by Action Hero The Welcome Party at Manchester Museum of Science and Industry by Theatre Rites Hamnet at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin by Dead Centre What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside? at Galway Arts Festival Killology and The Cherry Orchard at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff Death and the Maiden at The Other Room, Cardiff Medea and The Caretaker at the Bristol Old Vic
Honourable mention – Hamilton (for those who've had the chance to see it already) 10 – Life of Galileo - Young Vic 9 – Angels in America - NT 8 – Mosquitoes - NT 7 – In Event of Moone Disaster - Theatre 503 6 – The Ferryman - Royal Court & West End 5 – This Beautiful Future - The Yard 4 – Barber Shop Chronicles - NT 3 – An Octoroon - Orange Tree 2 – An Anatomy of a Suicide - Royal Court 1 – Hamlet - Almeida & West End
The Ferryman Hamlet (Tom Hiddleston RADA version) The Dresser (I know it started in 2016 but I saw it for a second time in January) Glengarry Glen Ross Venus In Fur Disco Pigs Mosquitoes The Kid Stays In The Picture The Miser Dublin Oldschool
A great year for me, with 79 theatre trips, and a few great concerts. Only including "New for 2017" shows in the actual top 10 but will provide some notable mentions.
Top 10 PLAYS: 1. The Ferryman 2. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf 3. Angels in America 4. Labour of Love 5. Beginning 6. The Play that Goes Wrong 7. Oslo 8. The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 9. Limehouse 10. Apologia
Notable Mention: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which I saw for the second time. Really liked the new cast. Worst: Don Juan in Soho
Top 10 MUSICALS: 1. Hello Dolly! 2. The Girls 3. Come From Away 4. Everybody's Talking about Jamie 5. Yank! 6. Nativity! 7. War Paint 8. The Life 9. The Grinning Man 10. Big Fish
Notable Mentions: Repeat visits to Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Groundhog Day, Dreamgirls, Half a Sixpence, and the new production of 42nd Street have been some of my theatrical highlights. I've seen many other of my favourites this year too, and others I haven't seen in many years so very grateful.
Worst: The Wild Party at The Other Palace. Some other disappointments include Anastasia, Great Comet and Follies, which I wanted to love but just didn't click with