The world stage hurtles towards its own destruction, towards the collapse of the established world order, with irreversible momentum.
However, one thing that remains constant, that continues to endure, that proves indestructible, is theatre.
Theatre has never been more necessary than it is now.
It remains a place where strangers – individuals and communities – are brought together, united in their shared appreciation and love of this beautiful art form, this mirroring of life.
Whilst more frequently focusing on current world affairs, a facsimile of what surrounds us, rooted in an unnerving realism, theatre continues to be a beacon of imagination, transformation and escapism, giving us glimpses into the kind of world that could be.
2018 has been a truly great year for theatre, it’s infinite variety bringing joy to those in their hundreds, their thousands, and their millions. In these dark and difficult times, theatre continues to act as a light – guiding, informing, encouraging and strengthening, a fiercer champion of inclusivity, accessibility and diversity.
January saw the birth of Much Ado About Blogging, and since then, I have been fortunate to see many incredible productions. The blog has opened up opportunities for which I am so grateful, enabling me to further immerse myself in this, the most wonderful of hobbies.
I am particularly excited to announce that, in November, I was accepted onto the Birmingham Hippodrome’s Young Bloggers and Vloggers Scheme. I cannot wait to begin reviewing for them in the new year.
I’d like to take this opportunity to extend a huge thank you to all those who have read, supported, and continue to support, my blog. It is greatly appreciated.
2019 is set to be another strong year for theatre, with many new works, revivals, and Broadway transfers on the horizon.
Here’s to theatre that will continue to inspire, enlighten, and empower.
Happy New Year.
2018 Theatre –
- January – Twelfth Night (RSC),
- February – Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella (Birmingham Hippodrome), Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty (Birmingham Hippodrome),
- March – Julius Caesar (Bridge Theatre), Frankenstein (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester),
- April – Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre, London), Macbeth (RSC), Wicked (UK Tour, Birmingham Hippodrome),
- May – The Duchess of Malfi (RSC), The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich (RSC), Our Country’s Good (Birmingham REP),
- June – Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Titanic The Musical (Birmingham Hippodrome), Killer Joe (Trafalgar Studios), Romeo and Juliet (RSC), Birdsong (Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham), Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet (Birmingham Hippodrome),
- July – Matilda The Musical (Birmingham Hippodrome), Miss Littlewood (RSC), Consent (Harold Pinter Theatre), Bat Out Of Hell (Dominion Theatre),
- August – The King and I (London Palladium), The Merry Wives of Windsor (RSC), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York), Richard III (Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York), Aristocrats (Donmar Warehouse),
- September – Love’s Labour’s Lost (Sam Wanamaker Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Noël Coward Theatre, London), Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe), Thor and Loki (HighTide Festival 2018, Walthamstow), Birmingham Royal Ballet’s La Fille Mal Gardée (Birmingham Hippodrome),
- October – Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Fire and Fury (Birmingham Hippodrome), King Lear (Duke of York’s Theatre, London), The Wipers Times (Birmingham REP), Troilus and Cressida (RSC),
- November – War Horse (Birmingham Hippodrome), Tamburlaine (RSC), Rock of Ages (Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham), Measure for Measure (Donmar Warehouse), The Believers Are But Brothers (Patrick Studio, Birmingham Hippodrome),
- December – A Christmas Carol (RSC), Timon of Athens, (RSC),