Everyone knows I love my musicals. But I also appreciate the intricacy of a well written, directed and performed play. Here are the productions that captured my heart in 2017…
1. The Kite Runner – winner
Oh, so many tears. Some of just pure admiration. With the use of exceptional staging and glorious props, costumes and direction, this show absolutely amazed me. The cast were so suited to their roles and there wasn’t a weak link (or a weak moment). 100% run to see this show if it comes back up north.
2. Romeo and Juliet – runner up
This West Yorkshire Playhouse production was delightful. Amy Leach did a sterling job of directing the show – and the cast were superb. I wasn’t massively keen at all on the idea of a modern, quirky retelling of the Shakespeare classic but this show absolutely hit the nail on the head. Can’t wait for Hamlet coming up!
3. Pride and Prejudice – highly commended
York Theatre Royal was the perfect setting for this show, adapted by comedian Sarah Pascoe. It made a modern telling of Pride and Prejudice relevant and interesting, without losing any of its historic charm. I thought it was great!
What’s on my watchlist in 2018?
For a start, I’ve already seen the best possible production of The Importance of Being Earnest earlier on this year, so I’m already pretty decided on my winner. But there are some stiff competitors on the horizon. Who’s excited? Keep checking back on One Play More to find out my thoughts on the latest shows to hit Yorkshire.
Photograph credited to Anthony Robling