Shows I am looking forward to in 2012

Though the temptation is strong, and the actuality may well prove so, I don’t think I will be catching quite so much theatre in 2012 as I did last year. I could do with a slightly better balance in my life and also, I want to focus a little more on the things I know I have a stronger chance of enjoying.
So, I haven’t booked a huge amount thus far, especially outside of London where I think I will rely more on recommendations, but here’s what I’m currently looking forward to the most:


The women!
They often say you shouldn’t book plays for the performers, but blah blah blah, I’m seriously over-excited to catch the following – 
Shohreh Aghdashloo in the Almeida’s House of Bernarda Alba
Cate Blanchett and Juliette Binoche (in French) both appearing at the Barbican
Eve Best in the Old Vic’s
The Duchess of Malfi
Fringe musicals!
2011 was a truly vintage year for fringe musicals with much of the best work in the capital happening in the smaller venues. So, the Finborough’s revivals of Ivor Novello’s Gay’s The Word and the Gilbert and Sullivan work The Grand Duke, the Landor’s Lucky Stiff and the Union’s return to their all-male G+S’s with Patience all promise much for me.
Transfers
And of the big musicals, it was out-of-town productions that impressed me most, so it is pleasing to see great shows like Singin’ in the Rain and Sweeney Todd making their bows in the West End, and I look forward to catching Top Hat for the first time. 

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