While 2016 was a pretty rubbish year on the pages of newspapers, on stage it was a great year for theatre.
Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary was in full swing in the West End; popular plays included King Lear and for some reason Cymbeline…no really, I have seen three separate productions this year alone! Sir Kenneth Branagh’s season at the Garrick was critically acclaimed, while This House and other shows transferred to London after success at Chichester Festival. Other new shows include Broadway transfers of Aladdin and Dreamgirls, while a host of familiar faces returned to the stage. After collaborating on Waiting for Godot, Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart reunited for No Man’s Land, and speaking of King Lear Glenda Jackson played the role at the Old Vic.
It goes to show just how a great a year it was on and off West End, that none of these feature in my top shows of 2016.
So what did? Read on to find out…
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre London
Spoiler Free Tips
Unreachable, Royal Court
The Play That Goes Wrong, The Duchess Theatre
Miss Atomic Bomb, St James Theatre
Licensed to Ill, Southwark Playhouse
Review for Broadway World