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Best and Worst of the Year

December 23, 2015

Final Entry of the year, and it’s a simple run-down of the best and worst I’ve seen. Subjective as ever, and leaving out a few “re-visits,” the list runs as follows:

Out Of This World:
A View From The Bridge (Wyndhams Theatre)
Buyer & Cellar (Menier Chocolate Factory)
Oppenheimer (Vaudeville Theatre)
The Red Lion (Dorfman Theatre)
Constellations (Trafalgar Studio 1)
Oresteia (Trafalgar Studio 1)
In The Heights (King’s Cross Theatre)
The Winter’s Tale (Garrick Theatre)

The Wonder Years:
The Merchant Of Venice (Almeida)
Di and Viv and Rose (Vaudeville Theatre)
The Scottsboro Boys (Garrick Theatre)
Antigone (Barbican Theatre)
Spend Spend Spend (Union Theatre)
Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (London Coliseum)
Man + Superman (Lyttelton)
Carrie The Musical (Southwark Playhouse)
Gypsy (Savoy Theatre)
Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre)
Just Jim Dale (Vaudeville Theatre)
Temple (Donmar Warehouse)
Death of a Salesman (Noel Coward Theatre)
The Importance of Being Earnest (Vaudeville Theatre)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Open Air Theatre)
The Play That Goes Wrong (Duchess Theatre)
Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre)
Photograph 51 (Noel Coward Theatre)
The Homecoming (Trafalgar Studio 1)
Harlequinade (Garrick Theatre)
Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue)

California Dreams:
Molly Wobbly (Leicester Square Theatre Lounge)
The Hard Problem (Dorfman Theatre)
Closer (Donmar Warehouse)
Game (Almeida Theatre)
Rules for Living (Dorfman Theatre)
American Buffalo (Wyndhams Theatre)
Closer to Heaven (Union Theatre)
Hay Fever (Duke of York’s Theatre)
High Society (Old Vic)
The Elephant Man (Theatre Royal, Haymarket)
The Seagull (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park)
The Motherf**ker With The Hat (Lyttelton Theatre)
Grand Hotel (Southwark Playhouse)
Our Country’s Good (Olivier Theatre)
Future Conditional (Old Vic)
Hamlet (Barbican Theatre, September 2015)
Measure for Measure (Young Vic)
Farinelli and the King (Duke of York’s Theatre)
Pomona (Temporary Theatre)
Close To You: Bacharach ReImagined (Criterion)
The Hairy Ape (Old Vic)

Saved By The Bell:
The Mentalists (Wyndhams Theatre)
All On Her Own (Garrick Theatre)
Treasure Island (Olivier Theatre)
Three Days in the Country (Lyttleton Theatre)

Bug Juice:
How To Hold Your Breath (Royal Court Theatre Downstairs)
Teddy Ferrara (Donmar Warehouse)
Bugsy Malone (Lyric, Hammersmith) (Olivier Theatre)
Peter Pan (New Wimbledon Theatre)

Fewer total disasters than last year, quite a bit of mediocre stuff, though.


I’ll be back on 20th January 2016 with the Annual “Goodmonkey” Awards. Until then, “Happy Christmas” to Christian readers, and a good holiday season and 2016 to all.

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