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For [ profile] picspammy. I'm planning on accompanying this with memorable performances/moments etc but I don't think I'll crosspost that to there so if anyone does want to see that just let me know and I'll make sure it's public and let you know when it's posted.

Plays I've seen in 2009

Every Good Boy Deserves Favour - 17/1 7.00pm ● Loot - 5/2 2pm ● 3 Days of Rain - 21/2 3pm ● Boeing Boeing - 26/2 7.30pm ● Tony and Twizzle - 5/3 7.30pm ● Where There's A Will - 12/3 7.30pm ● Lucky Sods - 19/3 7.30pm ● 3 Days of Rain - 18/4 3.00pm ● Dimetos - 18/4 7.30pm ● Waiting for Godot - 21/4 7.30pm ● Enjoy - 29/4 2.30pm ● 3 Days of Rain - 29/4 7.30pm ● A View from the Bridge - 2/5 7.30pm ● Madame de Sade - 13/5 2.30pm ● The Homecoming - 9/6 7.30pm ● As You Like It (Globe) - 26/6 2.00pm ● The Winter's Tale (Old Vic) - 4/7 2.30pm ● The Cherry Orchard - 4/7 7.30pm ● Arcadia - 17/7 7.30pm ● Phedre - 18/7 3.00pm ● Hamlet - 18/7 7.30pm ● Dorian Gray 25/7 3.00pm ● The Mountaintop 28/7 8.00pm ● Duet for One 31/7 7.30pm ● The Woman in Black 4/8 3.00pm ● The 39 Steps 5/8 8.00pm ● War Horse - 15/8 2.30pm ● The Railway Children - 3/9 7.00pm ● A Streetcar Named Desire - 12/9 2.30pm ● Mother Courage and Her Children - 12/9 7.30pm ● The Pitmen Painters - 13/9 3.00pm ● Fugitive Kind (Reading) - 15/9 7.30pm ● All's Well That Ends Well (as part of the NT Live cinema broadcast season) ● Julius Caesar - 2/10 7.30pm ● As You Like It (RSC) - 3/10 1.30pm ● A Winter's Tale (RSC) - 3/10 7.30pm ● As You Like It (Globe) - 10/10 2.00pm ● The 39 Steps - 10/10 8.00pm ● Prick Up Your Ears - 7/11 2.30pm ● An Inspector Calls - 7/11 7.30pm ● Endgame 13/11 7.30pm ● Life is a Dream - 14/11 2.30pm ● Inherit The Wind - 14/11 7.30pm ● Speaking in Tongues - 5/12 2.30pm ● Red - 5/12 7.30pm ● The Pitman Painters - 6/12 3.00pm

Top 5 Plays I've Seen in 2009

As You Like It (Globe), Shakespeare Dir. Thea Sharrock This production was absolutely lush. I'm so excited that it's been recorded for a planned cinema/dvd/download release! The cast was perfect, they worked together so well that I found myself adoring characters I'd previously been a bit meh about. For me whether a production of AYLI is good or not lies almost entirely Celia, if Celia is a whiny pathetic girl then that reflects badly on Rosalind which then makes you think 'ummm why Orlando, why?!' etc etc. This Celia (Laura Rogers) was fantastic, absolutely fantastic, she was mocking and fierce, I loved her! I found Jamie Parker's Oliver just wonderful too, he brought so much to the role that I'd never seen before. He and Jack Laskey were brilliant together, I really enjoyed the way they played the lion attack at the end. I really, really enjoyed this production immensely - it's definitely one of my favourite productions of Shakespeare ever.
Red (Donmar), John Logan Dir. Michael Grandage This was an amazing play. Eddie and Alfred were superb. Alfred was in complete command of the stage. Eddie was so understated and calm, even when he got emotional, it was such a beautiful measured performance. The scene where they prepared the canvas was epic, also the moment when Eddie switches on the workers was just soooooo incredible!
Three Days of Rain (Apollo), Richard Greenberg Dir. Jamie Lloyd I love how layered this play is; you discover something new every time you read it. I thought McAvoy was brilliant, as was Nigel Harman. I saw it three times and could still easily sit through it another three times and feel like I'd not scratched the surface of its brilliance.
The Mountaintop (Trafalgar Studios), Katori Hall Dir. James Dacre This play was incredible. So moving, it took my breath away at the end. It made me weep for joy. David Harewood was incredible as Martin Luther King Jr and Lorraine Burroughs was super as Camae. She brought such energy and lightness to the stage. I was completely enthralled by it. The last scene was probably one of the most exhilarating moments I've experienced in theatre. I desperately want it to transfer!
The Pitmen Painters (National Theatre), Lee Hall Dir. Max Roberts I can't get over how brilliant this play is. I think it's far superior to Billy Elliot (also by Lee Hall, in case you were wondering where the comparison comes from). It's so funny at the start and so heartbreaking at the end. When the projection reads "In 1995, the call for the 'common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange' was excised from the Labour Party Constitution" it breaks my heart. Those men were so hopeful after the Second World War they were so ready for the post-War & Welfare State world and then it never really changed for them.

Honourable Mentions Prick Up Your Ears ● Every Good Boy Deserves Favour ● Madame De Sade ● The Winter's Tale (Old Vic) ● Fugitive Kind (Reading) ● War Horse ● Life is a Dream ● Inherit the Wind

Date: 2009-12-29 01:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I assume Dorian Gray will be in the memorable moments picspam?!

Date: 2009-12-29 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
LOL yes it shall be represented by this (

Date: 2009-12-31 12:39 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-12-29 01:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You have seen some amazing things this year and I think you've very lucky :D I don't know where to start with this post...*sigh*

I know from your neck of the woods to London isn't an short journey, but I'd hate to live so far away from a good theatre city that I couldn't get to it. It would drive me crazy.

My first trip to the Lyttleton tomorrow and HELLO NT BOOKSHOP.

Date: 2009-12-29 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think I'm very lucky. It's about 2/2.5 hours so the journey itself isn't so bad it's the fact that because it's on a mainline it's so expensive coupled with it's SHIT but the journey time itself has improved drastically!

Oooh Power of Yes?! The Lyttleton is a much much much better auditorium than the Olivier, imo - well in everyone's I should think due to the acoustic issues the Olivier has. I <3 the NT Bookshop. I was going to book a backstage visit for the NT on the 9th but that's already fully booked, alas. I really want Mum to see it!

Date: 2009-12-29 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I was supposed to see The Habit of Art today but things cropped up and I couldn't get down there. *sigh* Ah well, I can't be greedy and do everything I suppose o_O

I wept the first time I went into the bookshop XD I won the music prize at school and spent my prize vouchers in there :D

Date: 2009-12-29 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Oh no! Nothing bad I hope? I didn't realise Habit of Art and Power of Yes were in rep in the Lyttleton, thought Habit was in the Olivier.

I want to get the script for 'Red' when I'm down there.

Date: 2009-12-29 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Just a change of plans, that's all. I'll get my theatre fix tomorrow with A Christmas Carol (well, it's hardly the same, I don't like the story, I don't like Dickens, it's a musical version...but the guy playing Scrooge is a top bloke *g*)

Enough moaning XD

Date: 2009-12-29 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I knew there was a reason I liked you. I hate A Christmas Carol and Dickens!!!

I'm trying to work out whether to go and see Enron again on my birthday, there are only 4 seats left in the whole theatre - can't decide whether to wait again and see if more are released or buy now and risk hating it and then being stuck going again. Hmmmm... god being a theatre nerd is hard work!

Date: 2009-12-30 10:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
oh man, you do so much better with theatre than i do. the perks of having an income! for me 09 was a pretty good theatre year but '10 i intend to get serious and see much much more, i'm going to start going by myself.

ahhhhh theatre jdhlerufhlighieafjhruglwehigre;arl ♥

Date: 2009-12-30 10:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah it's mostly savings but it helps not drinking or being v. sociable more money for theatre!! Yeah go by yourself, I sat through The Romans in Britain front row of The Crucible in Sheffield by myself - never have I been more traumatised!


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