Best Actress in a Play
Hattie Morahan/Kate O’Flynn/Adelle Leonce, Anatomy of a Suicide
Best Actress in a Musical
Janie Dee, Follies AND Josefina Gabrielle, A Little Night Music AND Josie Walker, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Best Actor in a Play
Ken Nwosu, An Octoroon
Best Actor in a Musical
Giles Terera, Hamilton
Best Supporting Actress in a Play
Bríd Brennan, The Ferryman
Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
Tracie Bennett, Follies
Best Supporting Actor in a Play
Fisayo Akinade, Barber Shop Chronicles
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical
Jason Pennycooke, Hamilton
And my top 10 plays of the year:
1. The Revlon Girl, Park
2. A Little Night Music, Watermill
3. Barber Shop Chronicles, National
4. Hamilton, Victoria Palace
5. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Crucible/Apollo
6. An Octoroon, Orange Tree
7. Follies, National Theatre
8. Romantics Anonymous, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
9. Hamlet, Almeida
10. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾, Menier Chocolate Factory
Round-up of the 2015 fosterIANs
Best Actress in a Play
Lia Williams, Oresteia
Best Actress in a Musical
Natalie Dew, Bend It Like Beckham
My favourite shows of 2014 (worthy of a never-ending Capaldi gif)
1. A View from the Bridge, Young Vic
2. A Streetcar Named Desire, Young Vic
3. In The Heights, Southwark Playhouse
4. Here Lies Love, NT
5. Gypsy, CFT
6. Maria Stuart, Toneelgroep Amsterdam
7. Mr Burns, Almeida
8. Sweeney Todd, Tooting Arts Club
9. King Charles III, Almeida
10. The Wild Duck, Belvoir Sydney
11. Visitors, Arcola/Bush
12. Medea, Toneelgroep Amsterdam
13. Good People, Hampstead
14. Adler & Gibb, Royal Court
15. Free As Air, Finborough
16. No Barriers With Barriers
17. Dark Vanilla Jungle, Soho
18. Johnny Got His Gun, Southwark Playhouse
19. Made in Dagenham, Adelphi
20. Wet House, Soho
21. The James Plays, NT
22. Next Fall, Southwark Playhouse
23. My Night With Reg, Donmar
24. True West, Tricycle
25. The Silver Tassie, NT Continue reading “The 2014 fosterIAN awards”
Another bumper year of theatregoing draws to a close and the inevitable task of list-making comes upon us. So here’s my top 10 productions of 2013, my favourite shows from a year where I saw over 300, illuminated with a few silly gifs (some with tenuous connections to the shows) which have been borrowed with love from here. Continue reading “The 2013 fosterIAN awards”
Best actor in a play
Luke Treadaway, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Best actor in a musical
Simon Russell Beale, Privates on Parade
Best actress in a play
Kate O’Flynn, Lungs
Best actress in a musical
Carly Bawden, My Fair Lady
Best supporting actor in a play
Paul Chahidi, Twelfth Night
Best supporting actor in a musical
Michael Xavier, Hello, Dolly!
Best supporting actress in a play
Niamh Cusack, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Best supporting actress in a musical
Clare Foster, Merrily We Roll Along
My Fair Lady
It’s the end of the year so now it is time to take stock for a life without year-end lists can hardly be a life worth living (I think it says that in the blogger handbook somewhere…)
So, 2012 saw me see 274 in the final analysis and after some not inconsiderable thought, here is an attempt to make some sense of it all from the sublime to the ridiculous .
2012 was the year in which love and science proved to be unlikely but extremely effective bedfellows… …whether in Nick Payne’s Constellations or Lucy Prebble’s The Effect.
There’s much to love and hate about the Barbican, so many elements can frustrate and delight in equal measure but primarily in 2012, it was all about the women. Tempting both Cate Blanchett and Juliette Binoche onto their stage had me at hello and closing my eyes at ticket prices in order to get as close as possible to 2 bona fide screen goddesses.
There’s always disagreements about theatre… …but this year saw it move to another level as a tranche of the upcoming theatrical writing establishment tried to convince critics (and audiences) that they were wrong about Three Kingdoms. For what it’s worth, I went to Florence for my birthday when it was on. See also: In The Republic of Happiness.
There’s prolific, and there’s prolific. And then there’s Simon Stephens. Everywhere you turn, there’s a new Stephens play or adaptation appearing – the man’s recent workrate has been incredible, at least the upcoming Port at the NT is a revival.
Unreserved seating continues to be a bugbear: its return to the Young Vic for The Changeling was most unwelcome, it makes getting into the Bush a nightmare.
I feel like I’ve cried more in the theatre this year.
This is just a feeling rather than a statistical truth, but there have been several occasions where I have come close to absolutely just losing it. Lovesong at the Lyric, Constellations at the Duke of York’s, Curious Incident at the NT, Propeller’s Winter’s Tale, all left me unable to speak at the end for fear of just bawling. And I have to mention Laura Howard’s performance in Lost In Yonkers at the Watford Palace which although most everyone found some humour in, I thought to be one of the most quietly devastating things I’ve seen all year.
Once again, the best UK musical theatre (and in some cases, it was absolutely sublime) happened outside of the West End, whether on the London fringe or beyond the M25.
My Fair Lady, Hello, Dolly!, Crazy for You, Gypsy, Boy Meets Boy, Victor/Victoria and Salad Days
The thought of seeing any of these again
Jesus Christ Superstar, Troilus and Cressida, The Sunshine Boys, Farewell to the Theatre, Bingo, Making Noise Quietly, The Conquest of the South Pole and The Duchess of Malfi.
And the nadir of my theatregoing year…Hero at the Royal Court. Rarely have I been so angry and annoyed by a piece of theatre and its sheer irresponsibility. I was tempted to go the post-show talk just to ask…
Very disappointing indeed.
So here’s the round-up of my favourite acting performances from the last 12 months and a few stats about my theatre-going. I made 332 trips to the theatre in total where I saw: 238 plays, 76 musicals, 31.5 Shakespeares (Double Falsehood if you’re wondering about the .5), 10 cabarets, 4 operas and 4 dance pieces (altogether 17 of these were revisits to productions I’d already seen). For a year which started off with me resolving to cut down on theatre, not a bad haul! 2012 will see me see less, I’m sure of it…
Best Actor in a Play Benedict Cumberbatch, Frankenstein
Best Actress in a Play Eve Best, Much Ado About Nothing (Globe)
Best Supporting Actor in a Play Ryan Sampson, The Kitchen Sink
Best Supporting Actress in a Play Alexandra Gilbreath, Othello
Best Revival The Tempest (Cheek By Jowl)
Best New Play The Kitchen Sink
Best Actor in a Musical Bertie Carvel, Matilda
Best Actress in a Musical Imelda Staunton, Sweeney Todd
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical Daniel Crossley, Singin’ in the Rain
Best Supporting Actress in a Musical Samantha Spiro, Company
Best Musical Revival Singin’ in the Rain
Best New Musical Matilda
And because people always want to know…
So 2010 is very nearly over and I can honestly, hand on heart, say that I managed to see every single play that I wanted to see this year…all 271 of them. It was a mostly highly enjoyable experience, although writing about all of them came close to tiring me out on a couple of occasions…I might try to see a bit less in 2011 but we’ll see, I’m not sure I’ll be able to cut down!
What I particularly loved this year was the reaffirmation of the strong ensemble in so many plays. After a lot of recent kerfuffle about big stars dominating the West End, it was gratifying to see shows like All My Sons, After the Dance, Broken Glass, Clybourne Park, Tribes, all doing so well with fantastic group efforts and quality acting across the board rather than relying on star names. Continue reading “2010 in summary, including 2010 fosterIAN awards”