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.)

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The Magna Carta, Runnymede

This weekend I went on a walk near Runnymede, where the Magna Carta was signed by King John in 1215. The walk was mostly attended by old people from my synagogue, who as I discovered are much much better at walking than I am.

When we assembled at the starting point, I was wearing a fetching scarf:

Thames in Windsor

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Globe to Globe: King John in Armenian (Armenia)

Coworker: So what are you seeing tonight?
Me: King John.
Coworker: I’m not familiar with that one, what’s it about?
Me: Well, King John is the one who, you know in the Robin Hood stories? He’s Prince John from those. Er, but that part’s not in the play.
Coworker 2: Oh, I know, he was the one with the Magna Carta.
Me: Yes! That’s the guy! …That’s also not in the play.
Coworker: So what’s it about?
Me: Um.

Photo (c) Simon Annand

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