2019 has been yet another great year for theatre, both in the West End and with some brilliant UK Tours too. There’s been lots of changes with many Broadway shows coming over to London and lots of excellent shows with, unfortunately, limited runs. Instead of my usual top ten this year I have selected five of my favourite shows (in no order) of 2019. Enjoy!
This shows unique blend of history and modern day dilemmas works brilliantly. From the vibrant opening to the gut-wrenching finale the audience was taken on a journey. With an outstanding cast, varied score and absolutely riveting story The View Upstairs was the must-see show of the summer.
BTA’s summer show was a delight to see. It’s safe to say that the future of Musical Theatre is in safe hands if the talent on offer at Once On This Island was anything to go by! Stunning vocals, enthusiastic, passionate dancing and skilful storytelling. It was amazing that these performers are all aged under 23 as they gave a masterclass in storytelling! Hopefully this is not the last UK audiences see if this beautiful show.
This is quite frankly is a musical extravaganza! It manages to mix Shakespeare’s most well-loved characters with modern pop hits and does so amazingly. A modern masterpiece. Full of fun, wow moments and humour whilst also sending out an empowering message about being true to yourself. &Juliet is a very polished original production and one that will no doubt be enjoyed by many for a long time to come. Look out for this popular show. It is likely to score very highly in the Awards next year.
There are few shows which tell such a tragic, important, heartwarming story yet manage to do so with humour, humility and conviction as Come From Away does. The spellbinding storytelling from the outstanding cast throughout the production is spectacular. Its moving true storyline, innovative staging, emotive characters and fresh music shows how we can truly support each other and find positives even in our darkest moments. Having won so many awards this year it will no doubt continue to thrive in 2020.
2019 really is the year that Tudor queens took over. Sell out shows in London, a UK tour, run in Chicago and now is on its way to Australia and Broadway and already travelling the world on three cruise ships. It is full of sass, incredibly witty lyrics, catchy tunes and femininity. It is easy to see why it has gathered such a large following. With their clever casting and use of alternates meaning that repeat visits are almost expected Six continues to be the hit of 2019.