Written By Charlotte White
2018 has been quite a year for theatre! After moving to London this year, I’ve been able to see some fantastic shows whether they’re classics but new to me or brand new theatre all together. As predicted, it’s been extremely difficult to rank them but I’ve given it a go!
Unexpected Joy- One of Aria Ents many shows of 2018, this was a last minute decision for me and I was definitely not disappointed. Such a beautiful feel good show with a heart warming story and characters.
Quiz- This was an unexpected one for me. I didn’t know that much about the event it’s based on before hand but I was pleasantly surprised. The ending really makes you think and I was genuinely gripped from start to finish. I like how they had some comedy and interaction with the audience as well as the drama, I feel the combination worked well.
Little Shop of Horrors- I had only seen an amateur version of this previously so was intrigued to see what this would be like. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Easy watching and really fun, energetic ending. I had never been to the Regents Park Open Air Theatre before and it’s such a lovely venue, although I think the nice weather definitely helped.
Ruthless- A young child wanting to be a star and will do anything to get there. Such a funny well thought out show. Our young lead was out standing as was her mother and Jason Gardiner played his role brilliantly.
Cursed Child- If you like Harry Potter even a little bit, I would highly recommend this. I was initially a bit concerned that I wasn’t going to be enough of a fan to be able to appreciate but luckily I was proved wrong. This show has phenomenal effects and is a true spectacle to behold.
Hamilton- We all know the hype surrounding Hamilton, but personally I believe it is quite deserving of the buzz. Out of everything I’ve been lucky enough to watch Hamilton is truly a unique piece of theatre unlike any other. The cast are amazing, the score is fantastic and the show moves with such an elegant flow, there was not a flaw to be seen.
Everybody’s talking about Jamie- This is a magical show with such an inspirational storyline and sensational score. The leading man John McCrea is honestly as joy to watch and is so vibrant and raw in his interpretation. Quite a modern show with a very different feel to some of the classics but if you’re looking for something new I would certainly point you in the direction of Jamie.
Mythic- This was the surprise hit of the year for me! A tale of the Greek gods following the story of Persephone, which a fair few of us are already familiar with. A brand new show with original music, the songs were so catchy and the cast were so talented. I liked how it combined an ancient tale with a modern rock style twist. Loved this show so much!
Heathers- I had heard of this show before but didn’t know much about it until I saw it for the first time at the Other Palace. Admittedly, as soon as curtain call ended after that first time, I knew this wasn’t the end of Heathers for me and I was inevitably converted in to a bit of a ‘corn nut’. The storyline in combination with the great soundtrack had me hooked.
Six- From the talented new writers Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, Six combined my two loved of the Tudors and Musical Theatre so I knew I was going to like it. What I didn’t quite anticipate was how much I was going to like it. Such a clever well thought out production with every single song sounding like it could be a hit in the charts and a cast of six incredibly talented girls accompanied by an insane all girl band. It has come so far this year and I can’t wait to see what happens with this show in 2019. I’m sure I’ll be visiting it again at the Art when it comes in January until May next year.