All the theatre I saw in 2016, ranked

(nb: most of this was written on the train on New Year’s Eve, so “last night” = Dec 30th.)

In 2016 I saw 41 plays (and three staged readings, which were interesting but it feels unfair to put in with the rest because they’re not supposed to be fully realised pieces of theatre). Drunk Theatre stalwart Louisa and I tried to clear out the bottle-ends in the booze cabinet before the New Year, and carried out the immense task of force-ranking all our 2016 plays with Post-It notes. (for the record if you are also looking to clear out your drinks bottles, the “Monkey Gland”, a 1920s? cocktail involving grenadine and absinthe, was surprisingly all right.)

Bottom to top:

“Othello”, National Theatre (Adrian Lester/dir. Nicholas Hytner)

My first draft of a post about the National Theatre's 'Othello' just read "ADRIAN LESTER" with big doodly hearts around it, so I apologise if this second try goes off the rails later. The play was REALLY GOOD.

We’ve all got a crush on Adrian Lester in “Love’s Labour’s Lost”

Hey, remember that musical movie version of “Love’s Labour’s Lost” Kenneth Branagh made in 2000, which was kind of terrible?

Only also kind of brilliant?

Because it was cheesy and self-conscious and goofy and pretty, just like the play? Read more...