Thursday, 27 December 2018

Pocket Size Theatre: Top 10 Best shows of 2018!

Theatre in 2018 has been incredible! We're ending the year in a strange place, lots of long running shows closing but also lots of exciting shows coming up! Click here to see a list of shows we're looking forward too. We reflect, with our incredible team, on some of the best shows of the year. Take a look!

Six at the Arts Theatre

"Hamilton may be in trouble, theres new girls on the block and they've come to steal your fans. The music will be stuck in your head for days and this has to be one of the hottest shows of 2018. Get your tickets now, however I suspect we’ll see the return of this show to London very soon."

Six returns to the Arts Theatre from the 16th January after completing a sold out run at the Arts Theatre and a successful UK tour.

Julius Caesar at The Bridge Theatre

"An absolute must-see for those who perhaps don't know Shakespeare as well as they should as it brings his historical text stampeding into the modern day and for those who know it like the back of their hand: it's new, vibrant and will be unlike any other retelling you've seen before. Shakespearean perfection."

Julius Caesar played the Bridge Theatre form January through to April with a National Theatre Live broadcast in March.

Pippin at the Southwark Playhouse

"It’s very rare to see a show where every aspect impresses and stuns but this does exactly that... Pure theatrical genius with a flawless cast who are clearly invested and passionate about what they ate showcasing on stage. The hottest ticket of 2018 so far."

Pippin ran at the Hope Mill Theatre before transferring to London's Southwark Playhouse for a limited 4 week run.

Swan Lake at the London Coliseum

"Kolesnikova will rank with the likes of Margot Fonteyn, Yekaterina Maximova and Anna Pavlova having been Prima since 2001 - do not miss your chance to see her on a London stage. This production is worth seeing for her alone; the fact that everything else is also perfection is just more cause to see it. Heart-wrenching beauty from start to finish."

Swan Lake ran at the London Coliseum for a limited run from 22nd August to the 2nd September.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Drayton Arms Pub Theatre

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, is a masterpiece in fringe theatre. A whimsical, exaggerated caricature of a musical. Bringing together top notch performers and putting them into a space that tests everything they can do as performers. Truly wonderful and a spectacle to watch."

After many successful productions of the show, it opened on the Fringe Theatre scene in London at the Drayton Arms Pub Theatre and ran from May through to June.

Building the Wall at the Park Theatre

"The drama spins along with revelation after revelation so quickly that you don't In the end it seems an extreme scenario but the underlying anti Trump message seems clear and reminds us, as if we need reminding, of the divisive nature of his, and other western leaders, rhetoric. The result is a dramatic thought provoking and highly entertaining drama which is wonderfully and convincingly acted by White and Griffen."

Building the Wall played from May through to June at the Park Theatre. 

Sweet Charity at Watermill Theatre

"The Watermill is a remarkable venue turning out consistently high quality productions and turning the limitations of the venue to its own advantage. Sweet Charity is another huge success which sends you home humming the tunes. The multitalented cast deliver a wonderful uplifting slick show..."

In recent times we've seen many productions of this show, this particular production ran from July to September at the Watermill Theatre.

The White Rose at The Brockley Jack Theatre

"This play is very well written and directed by Ross McGregor, inserting humour, love and celebration into these character’s lives, and then gripping our hearts when there is no more exit. This is a strong and emotional piece that people should go down to Brockley to see. I hope it will transfer or go on tour, as this story is extremely important to remember."

The White Rose played from July through to August at the Brockley Jack Theatre.

The Rink at the Southwark Playhouse

"Everything about this production is what I want in a musical; Interesting stories, intelligent scores, thoughtful direction, exciting choreography, impeccable performances and most importantly, heart."

The Rink played a limited run at the Southwark Playhouse from May through to June.

Copenhagen at the Chichester Festival Theatre

"This is brilliant multi layered theatre exploring the complex science and the human stories of the two men and using a powerful physical metaphor and plain language to explain their interactions and dilemmas. With an excellent cast, flawless direction and effective staging this is a revival that will surely transfer into the West End."

Copenhagen ran at the Chichester Festival Theatre from the 17th August to the 22nd September. 

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