Theatre in 2018


I’m not intending on breaking any records this year – but obviously I’ll still be keeping track…

…and Peggy, Greenside @ Infirmary Street (Forest Theatre)
17c, Old Vic
20th Century Boy, Orchard Theatre
42nd Street, Theatre Royal Drury Lane
A Christmas Carol, Old Vic
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City, Finborough Theatre
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lazarus Theatre), Greenwich Theatre
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Faction), Wilton’s Music Hall
A Monster Calls, Old Vic
A Spoonful of Sherman, Greenwich Theatre
A Very Very Very Dark Matter, Bridge Theatre
Absolute Hell, National Theatre (Lyttelton)
Adam & Eve, The Hope Theatre
After The Ball, Upstairs at the Gatehouse
All’s Well That Ends Well, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Allelujah!, Bridge Theatre
An Adventure, Bush Theatre
An American in Paris, Dominion Theatre
Antony & Cleopatra (RSC), Barbican
Antony & Cleopatra, National Theatre (Olivier)
Arabian Nights, Hoxton Hall
As You Like It, Shakespeare’s Globe
As You Like It, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (x2)
Austentatious, Savoy Theatre
Bananaman, Southwark Playhouse
Bat Out of Hell, Dominion Theatre
Be Prepared, The Vaults (VAULT Festival)
Becoming Shades, The Vaults (VAULT Festival)
Before 30, Theatre N16
Beginning, Ambassadors Theatre
Beyond The Grave, Etcetera Theatre
Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show, Pleasance Dome (QueenDome)
Bite-Size Plays Presents: Neverwant, Pleasance Courtyard (Bunker One)
Bottled Up, theSpace on North Bridge (Argyll Theatre)
BREATHE, The Bunker Theatre
Brief Encounter, Empire Cinema Haymarket (x2)
Bunny, Tristan Bates Theatre
Bury The Hatchet, The Hope Theatre
Cafe of the Damned, Etcetera Theatre
Care Not, Fear Naught, Bridewell Theatre
Caroline, or Change, Playhouse Theatre
Chasing Bono, Soho Theatre
Cock, Minerva Theatre
Coconut, Ovalhouse
Cold Chips, Theatre N16
Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties, Southwark Playhouse (x2)
Company, Gielgud Theatre
Courtroom Play: A Courtroom Play, Pleasance Dome (10 Dome)
Dad’s Army Afternoon Tea Hour, Pleasance at the EICC (Platform 5)
Derailed, Ovalhouse
Describe The Night, Hampstead Theatre
Devil With The Blue Dress, The Bunker Theatre
Dialektikon, Park Theatre
Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka, The Bunker Theatre
Dr Faustus, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Dreamgirls, Savoy Theatre
Dry Powder, Hampstead Theatre (x2)
Dust, Soho Theatre
Ed Fringe: The Musical Revue, C too
Electra, The Bunker Theatre (x2)
Emilia, Shakespeare’s Globe (x3)
Exit the King, National Theatre (Olivier)
Eyam, Shakespeare’s Globe (x2)
Finding Peter, Gilded Balloon Teviot (Wine Bar)
Flesh and Bone, Soho Theatre
Flies, Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance 2)
For King and Country, The Colab Factory
Foxfinder, Ambassadors Theatre
Fun Home, Young Vic Theatre
Genesis Inc., Hampstead Theatre
Girl From The North Country, Noël Coward Theatre
Great Apes, Arcola Theatre
Great British Mysteries: 1599?, Pleasance Courtyard (Below)
Grotty, The Bunker Theatre
Hamilton, Victoria Palace Theatre (x4)
Hamlet, Shakespeare’s Globe
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (part one), Palace Theatre (x2)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (part two), Palace Theatre (x2)
Heathers The Musical, Theatre Royal Haymarket
Hecate, Paradise in the Vault (The Annexe)
Hilda & Virginia, Jermyn Street Theatre
Hogarth’s Progress: The Art of Success, Rose Theatre Kingston
Hogarth’s Progress: The Taste of the Town, Rose Theatre Kingston
H.R.Haitch, Union Theatre
I AM OF IRELAND, Old Red Lion Theatre
If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You, The Vaults (VAULT Festival)
Into the Woods, The Cockpit
Jericho’s Rose, The Hope Theatre
Julie, National Theatre (Lyttelton)
Julius Caesar, Bridge Theatre (x2)
Julius Caesar (Spada Productions), Courtyard Theatre
Ken, The Bunker Theatre
Killer Joe, Trafalgar Studios
Kinky Boots, Adelphi Theatre
Knights of the Rose, Arts Theatre
La Bohème, Trafalgar Studios
La Tragédie de Carmen (Pop-Up Opera), Asylum Chapel
La traviata, London Coliseum
Ladykiller, Pleasance Courtyard (Bunker One)
Let It Be, Orchard Theatre
Libby’s Eyes, The Bunker Theatre
Little Shop of Horrors, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (x2)
Lord of the Flies, Greenwich Theatre
Love’s Labour’s Lost, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (x2)
Macbeth (Unfolds Theatre), Rose Playhouse
Macbeth, National Theatre (Olivier)
Macbeth (RSC), Barbican
Macbeth (Merely Theatre), Broadway Barking
Macbeth, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Mad as Hell, Jermyn Street Theatre
Me and My Girl, Chichester Festival Theatre
Measure for Measure, Donmar Warehouse
Medea Electronica, Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance 2)
Miss Littlewood, Swan Theatre
Misty, Bush Theatre
Misty, Trafalgar Studios (x3)
Mood Music, Old Vic (x2)
Moormaid, Arcola Theatre
Much Ado About Nothing, Rose Theatre Kingston
Much Ado About Nothing (Antic Disposition), Gray’s Inn Hall
Much Ado About Nothing (Merely Theatre), Greenwich Theatre Studio
Murder For Two, The Other Palace (Studio)
My Left/Right Foot – The Musical, Assembly Roxy (Central)
My Name Is Lucy Barton, Bridge Theatre
Myth the Musical, The Other Palace
Nightfall, Bridge Theatre
Nine Foot Nine, The Bunker Theatre
Nine Night, National Theatre (Dorfman)
No One Is Coming To Save You, The Bunker Theatre
Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Stockwell Playhouse
Othello, Liverpool Everyman
Othello, Shakespeare’s Globe (x2)
People Like Us, Union Theatre
Périclès, Prince de Tyr (Cheek by Jowl), Barbican Centre
Pickle Jar, Soho Theatre
Pinter at the Pinter: Pinter 1, Harold Pinter Theatre
Pinter at the Pinter: Pinter 2, Harold Pinter Theatre
Pinter at the Pinter: Pinter 3, Harold Pinter Theatre
Pinter at the Pinter: Pinter 4, Harold Pinter Theatre
Plastic, Old Red Lion Theatre
Ralegh: The Treason Trial, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Reared, Theatre503
Red, Wyndham’s Theatre
Romantics Anonymous, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (x3)
Romeo & Juliet (RSC), Barbican
Sea Wall, Old Vic
Section 2, The Bunker Theatre (x3)
Seussical the Musical, Southwark Playhouse
Shit-faced Shakespeare: Hamlet, Underbelly, Bristo Square (McEwan Hall)
Shit-faced Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet, Leicester Square Theatre
Shit-faced Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice, Leicester Square Theatre
Shit-faced Showtime: Oliver With a Twist, Underbelly, Bristo Square (Cowbarn)
Side Show (Bromley Players), Bob Hope Theatre
Six, Arts Theatre
Sketching, Wilton’s Music Hall
Strictly Ballroom, Piccadilly Theatre (x2)
Striking 12, Union Theatre
Summer and Smoke, Duke of York’s Theatre
Sunshine on Leith, Belgrade Theatre
Sweet Charity, Nottingham Playhouse
Sylvia, Old Vic (x2)
Tamburlaine, Swan Theatre
Tartuffe, Theatre Royal Haymarket
Teddy, The Vaults (x2)
The Best Man, Playhouse Theatre
The Birthday Party, Harold Pinter Theatre
The Captive Queen, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
The Cherry Orchard, Bristol Old Vic
The Claim, Shoreditch Town Hall
The Collection, Wallace Collection
The Country Wife, Southwark Playhouse
The Crystal Egg Live, The Vaults
The Culture – A Farce in Two Acts, Hull Truck Theatre
The Distance You Have Come, The Cockpit
The Dog Beneath The Skin, Jermyn Street Theatre (x2)
The End of History, St Giles-in-the-Fields
The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich, Swan Theatre
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Wilton’s Music Hall (x3)
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, West Yorkshire Playhouse
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Salisbury Playhouse
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, HOME Manchester
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Exeter Northcott
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Oxford Playhouse
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Royal & Derngate
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Everyman Theatre
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts
The Grinning Man, Trafalgar Studios (x3)
The Importance of Being Earnest, Vaudeville Theatre
The Jungle, Playhouse Theatre
The Jungle Book, Liverpool Playhouse
The King and I, London Palladium
The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Noël Coward Theatre
The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare’s Globe
The Merry Wives of Windsor (RSC), Barbican (x2)
The Moor, Old Red Lion Theatre
The Nature of Forgetting, Shoreditch Theatre
The One, Soho Theatre
The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s Globe
The Tempest (Iris Theatre), St Paul’s Church
The Three Musketeers, St Paul’s Church
The Two Noble Kinsmen, Shakespeare’s Globe
The Ungrateful Biped, The White Bear Theatre
The Village, Theatre Royal Stratford East
The Wider Earth, Jerwood Gallery (Natural History Museum) (x2)
The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s Globe (x4)
Think of England, The Vaults (VAULT Festival)
This Restless State, Ovalhouse
Thor and Loki, Assembly Roxy (Upstairs)
Toby Thompson: For the Record, Pleasance (Downstairs)
Tomorrow Creeps, The Vaults (VAULT Festival) (x2)
Translations, National Theatre (Olivier)
Troilus and Cressida, Royal Shakespeare Theatre
True West, Vaudeville Theatre
Twelfth Night, Young Vic (x4)
Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: A Reimagining, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Vivian’s Music, 1969, Sweet Grassmarket
Wasted, Southwark Playhouse (x2)
We’ll Live and Die in These Towns, Belgrade Theatre (B2)
When You Fall Down: The Buster Keaton Story, Pleasance Courtyard (The Cellar)
WHITE, Pleasance Courtyard (Beside)
White Teeth, Kiln Theatre
Wicked (UK & Ireland tour), Bristol Hippodrome
WILL, Rose Playhouse
Wine, Tristan Bates
Wise Children, Old Vic (x5)
Wise Children, Oxford Playhouse
Wise Children, Cambridge Arts Theatre
Witness for the Prosecution, London County Hall
Woman Before A Glass, Jermyn Street Theatre
Worth A Flutter, The Hope Theatre
Yerma, Cervantes Theatre

So that’s 221 different shows – and 278 overall…

As ever, I do more than just watch plays and musicals – here’s a rundown on the rest…

Brendan Cole: All Night Long, New Wimbledon Theatre
James Acaster: work in progress, Waterloo East Theatre (VAULT Festival)
Ed Gamble: Mammoth, Leicester Square Theatre
Suffragette City, Piccadilly Circus
Reflections: van Eyck & The Pre-Raphaelites, National Gallery
Bat Out Of Hell press launch, American International Church
One Crazy Thing (film screening and Q&A), Genesis Cinema
Phoenix Collective, London Irish Centre
20th Century Boy impromptu concert, Churchill Theatre
St. JOHN wine tasting evening, Bridge Theatre
The Creature Quiz, St Peter’s Italian Church
143, Theatre N16
Shakespeare and the Wandering Mind, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
A Trip Across the Universe, Bob Hope Theatre
On The Night: Equality & Revolution 1 (Falling Pennies), Etcetera Theatre
On The Night: Equality & Revolution 2 (Falling Pennies), Etcetera Theatre
Solo: A Star Wars Story, BFI IMAX
Star Trek in Concert, Royal Albert Hall
Star Trek Beyond in Concert, Royal Albert Hall
PROCESSIONS 2018, London (Park Lane to Parliament Square)
Travis – The Man Who in Concert, Royal Festival Hall
The Great Yorkshire Fringe launch gala, Leicester Square Theatre
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Greenwich Music Time
Yellow Submarine – 50th anniversary screening, Greenwich Picturehouse
Danny Horn, Spice of Life
London Tap Dance Intensive gala performance, The London Cabaret Club
Wasted press launch, Welsh Chapel (Shaftesbury Avenue)
Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show, Gilded Balloon at the Museum
Harry and Chris Save the World, Just the Tonic at The Mash House (Just the Cask Room)
Prom 64: Verdi Requiem, Royal Albert Hall
Sonnet Sunday, Shakespeare’s Globe
Sylvia, Old Vic (first half of open dress rehearsal)
Behind-the-scenes at The Wider Earth, Jerwood Gallery (Natural History Museum)
Sara Pascoe: LadsLadsLads, Richmond Theatre
Come From Away press launch, Canada House
Guys and Dolls in concert, Royal Albert Hall
A Celebration of John Williams in concert, Royal Albert Hall
Bohemian Rhapsody, BFI IMAX
One Voice: Remembrance, Old Vic
Shakespeare’s Stages, Museum of London
Caroline, or Change open rehearsal, Pimlico
Bohemian Rhapsody, Greenwich Picturehouse
Shakespeare and Remembrance, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Bohemian Rhapsody, Odeon Greenwich
Star Wars: A New Hope in concert, Royal Albert Hall
Her Naked Skin – rehearsed reading, National Theatre (Dorfman)
Paperlands & Declan Bennett, St Pancras Old Church
Bohemian Rhapsody, Vue West End
Twists and Turns, Charles Dickens Museum walk
Bohemian Rhapsody, Odeon Luxe Haymarket (x2)
Bohemian Rhapsody, Empire Cinema Haymarket (x2)
Miles Kane: Coup de Grace, O2 Academy Brixton
LMTO A Christmas Carol, Lyceum Theatre
National Theatre Christmas Quiz, National Theatre (Olivier)

A selection of 55 different things going on there – making a grand total of 333!