Favourite shows of 2017

Any number of shows could have been included in this post; frankly it’s ludicrous that I decided to stick with my whole top 12 idea… As I’ve seen about 90 more individual shows than last year, it’s almost a question of picking some of the shows out of a hat to be able to split […]

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Favourite performances of 2017

This year variety has been the thing (though I’ve still managed to stack up certain repeat attendances), so that means I’ve seen a serious amount of performers – some even two or three times… So I’ve had incredible difficulty here. That was part of my reasoning as far as Mind the Advent 2017 was concerned; […]

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Mind the Advent 2017

You know what time of year it is – so I’ve just been through another Mind the Advent countdown! Time for another #MindTheAdvent! This time I'm celebrating some of the amazing performers I've seen in 2017, so without further ado… — Mind the Blog (@Mind_the_Blog) December 1, 2017 As I’ve seen a personal best number […]

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Summer of Love: What You Will

Last year, you may recall, I came to the conclusion that Twelfth Night is my favourite Shakespeare play. So its inclusion in the Summer of Love (directed by Emma Rice, no less) couldn’t have made me happier – and to top that, some inspired casting. As soon as I learned all this I was counting […]

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Summer of Love: preview

Last year’s Wonder Season was something of a revelation for me. After years of meaning to go to the Globe I finally broke that duck – eventually visiting 26 times. This was down to both Emma Rice’s delightful vision, as well as some inspired casting in my two favourite productions (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and […]

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946: Supreme

It seems like an age since I last saw what was undoubtedly my favourite show of 2016. Obviously the initial attraction had been the opportunity to see Adam onstage again, but after seeing over half of the Globe performances and following it around the UK on tour an equal number of times, I’d become rather […]

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Favourite performances of 2016

It almost goes without saying that over my nearly three hundred shows this year there have been some incredible performances on display – from actors I’ve seen in other productions, as well as my fair share of newbies. None fresher than new RADA graduates in their production of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. Obviously you […]

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End of 2016 report

If the Queen thought 1992 was an “annus horribilis”, then 2016 has taken it to a whole new level. Not only has politics gone horribly backwards, with Brexit & Trump, but there have been what feels like an unprecedented number of deaths of significant cultural icons & recognised personalities. Some of the most hard-hitting include […]

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946: “Tickety-boo!”

Monday 25 July will be etched in my memory for a while. It was an incredibly bizarre day, but in the best way possible. That morning I almost applied to review 946, but decided not to, went out for a walk in the sunshine – then quite by chance got home just in time to […]

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