Monday, 30 December 2019

Best Shows of 2019

"This has to be one of the best things I’ve ever seen and I implore you to see this show because you will not regret it. I hope this show has more life after this run at the Union Theatre and I’m sure this won’t be your only chance to see this production but you need to go and buy a ticket now otherwise you’ve missed one of the theatrical highlights of 2019."

Emilia at the Vaudeville Theatre

"I have never come out of a show feeling the way I felt about this play. It is time to face the facts and realise the wrongs in history and change them now, our voices can be heard... This is the play of the year, if there is one story you are to be told this year, its this one."

Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre

"...all the creative aspects of this show are so seamless and collaborative... If you think you’re going to sit and be depressed about 9/11 for an hour and forty minutes, you couldn’t be more wrong... Everyone should immediately book tickets and see this groundbreaking new musical while they can."

Napoli, Brooklyn at the Park Theatre

"faultless moving storytelling and a message for all of us to “learn to take people how they are”... It’s a powerful message for all of us to look for a positive way forward to find our own voice and help other to achieve theirs, especially those who are immigrants to the community."

Amour at the Charing Cross Theatre

"Everything about this production is carefully calculated, and it is abundantly clear that this creative team are a tight unit, working in harmony to bring this hidden gem to life... Amour is an unexpected treasure, and it thrills from beginning to end. I implore you to see it."

Noises Off at the the Garrick Theatre

"Noises Off was an utter joy to watch. I was exhausted from laughing so much so I can only imagine how tired the cast must be after their relentlessly energetic performances every night. A gut-wrenchingly funny production of a brilliant show and a must see before it closes in 2020… but the Garrick may need to install some wipe-clean seats for the rest of the run!"

"For two splendid hours, we are transported back in time and find ourselves in our younger skins, worrying about spots, friendship and the school play. Whether you are a devoted fan of the original books or its various adaptations, or a complete stranger to Townsend’s work, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾: The Musical is utterly glorious."

Cabaret at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley

"If you’ve only seen the film then you’ve only really seen half the show. This provides the full experience and is, as the standing ovation at the opening night confirmed, a genuine must-see."

Equus at the Trafalgar Studios 

"I strongly recommend this philosophical and explosive show. It will make you laugh, think, be afraid and remember how mental health issues are not something to put aside or brush off as easily curable."

Rambert at Sadler's Wells 

"For lovers of Cunningham’s work, I highly recommend attending the Rambert Event. It is a true credit to his work and is soothingly nostalgic and uplifting- definitely to be enjoyed by all."

Vulvarine at the King's Head Theatre

"...fringe theatre in its very best form, delivered seamlessly by a fearlessly imaginative cast and creative team... The only thing that would be more outrageous than this storyline, is if you don’t snap up a ticket to see this show for yourself."

The Life I Lead at the Wyndham's Theatre 

"All in all it’s a quite remarkable experience which makes a real person out of someone who has until now only been a character in a film. And in doing so it enhances both one’s memory of the film and one’s appreciation of the man."

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons at Barons Court Theatre

"Lemons makes you ponder about how you would react in these situations, what your priorities would be and how far you would go for someone... it is thought provoking and completely unique. Steiner has hit perfection with this play and leaves you feeling a mix of sadness, fear and hope. Truly fascinating."

Soho Cinders at the Charing Cross Theatre 

"Soho Cinders is the perfect winter-warmer and, although the moments of heavy dialogue require some work both by the company and a dramaturg, you can’t help but fall in love with this fabulous 21st century take on a story we all love."

Northern Ballet's Cinderella at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking

"The whole production is a visual triumph... This stunning ballet has real heart – it is true delight from start to finish. Christmas has come early this year and I couldn’t be happier."

Avenue Q at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking

"I want more more more of those little muppets and don’t doubt if you have even a smidgen of a sense of humour, you’ll feel the same way too! Unadulterated filthy fun from start to finish. An absolute must-see for anyone who loves to laugh."

Six at the Arts Theatre

"This show packs a punch and I really cannot get enough, neither can the West End apparently!... Everyone felt relaxed and ready for a fun packed evening and thats exactly what we got. Beg, borrow, behead for a ticket. One of the top highlights of the year."

Tumulus at the Soho Theatre

" honest and raw production, never forcing anything and captivating to watch... an exceptional piece of work, which moved me greatly, to the point that even after the show I was deeply affected. This play is truly exceptional theatre..." 

Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking

"Dirty Dancing is the perfect girls night out. Tickets are a little on the pricey side, but for the quality of production and sheer volume of talent on that stage, it’s worth every penny. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have the time of your life too."

A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Arundel & Ladbroke Gardens

"The sunset provided excellent lighting, shining through the trees and landing elegantly on the actors’ faces. I actually looked up to check whether that wasn’t just light attached to one of the trees above me... I highly recommend this show for the whole family, outdoor theatre lovers and of course Shakespeare fans who will enjoy a comedy in a beautiful garden."

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