Last year we had a thread asking people to come up with their Top 5 shows of the year, in which I was volunteered to summarise the posts. On totting up the votes, it was won comprehensively by Company. That thread is here: theatreboard.co.uk/thread/5845/top-5-shows-year
I'm happy to do the accounting again this year, so would ask for your top 5 shows of 2019, plays or musicals, in London or outside, and I will tot up the scores on the doors on January 1 to declare the Theatreboard Shows of the Year.
Obviously we are only at the beginning of December so take some time to review your spreadsheets, piles of programmes or bunches of used tickets and post in this thread by the end of the month.
Anything you've seen this year at all, can be new, can be a revival, can be something you've seen before, can be big West End show or something tiny from the fringe. Everything will get one point, regardless of whether's it's listed at 1 or 5. It's highly unscientific, but it was interesting last year which shows captured the imagination of the board, which didn't always agree with the critics...
Ignoring the shows that opened in 2018, my list comprises:
- Jesus Christ Superstar (Barbican) - Fiddler on the Roof (Playhouse) - Assassins (Watermill / Nottingham Playhouse)
I'm a bit hard pressed to come up with a top 5 as not a lot has stuck out to me this year as a five star, but there are a slue of shows I did thoroughly enjoy. Honourable mentions to Emilia, Pinter (Season 7), Les Mis Concert, and A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Bridge. I did think I would enjoy The Lehman Trilogy more than I did - whilst technically brilliant, I think it was missing that little bit of heart.
If I were to include non-new shows, it would be The Inheritance. I was even crazy enough to stay at the stage door on the closing night to 1am, which had to be the most insane thing I did theatre-wise (I usually bolt 11pm latest). Some people may balk at this, but the group of us that had gathered there that night just banded together. We probably thought, f*** it, as long as we weren't inconveniencing others (too much), it was all just a bit of fun for a show that had clearly touched us all. I doubt I would ever do this again for another show or a "major celebrity".