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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Pericles (National Theatre of Greece)

Globe to Globe: Pericles, Prince of Tyre in Greek (Greece)

Pericles is a completely ludicrous play, and I’m pleased to report the National Theatre of Greece treated the material with the reverence it deserves.

Pictured here: an extremely serious approach to this classic work. Photo (c) Simon Kane