Last week I was more on schedule with rounding up lists of critics’ tips for the best theatre coming up this year. But in truth, as I’ve been organising the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards ceremony on 31 January, as well as working with My Theatre Mates’ to announce the Also Recognised shortlists soon after that, I’ve still been thinking a lot about what qualifies as the best theatre of last year.
I rounded up my personal choices in a recent blog and have read the scores of Year in Review blogs (nearly 30!) from My Theatre Mates colleagues in recent weeks. As an addendum, I’ve now rounded up critics’ round-ups in other publications.
Is there a consensus? The 2016 productions most likely to make it onto these year in review lists include:
- Yerma starring Billie Piper at the Young Vic
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre
- King Lear starring Glenda Jackson at the Old Vic
- the Donmar Warehouse’s all-female Shakespeare Trilogy at King’s Cross
- A Streetcar Named Desire starring Maxine Peake at the Royal Exchange, Manchester
- The Deep Blue Sea starring Helen McCrory at the National
- The Flick at the National
- Escaped Alone at the Royal Court
- Groundhog Day at the Old Vic
- Half a Sixpence, transferred from Chichester Festival Theatre to the West End
- Iphigenia in Splott at the National and on tour
- Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at the National
- Travesties starring Tom Hollander at the Menier Chocolate Factory and now transferring to the West End
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe
- BU21 at Theatre503 and now transferred to the West End
What else made the critics’ lists? I’ve summarised their picks below. Click through to read each in full.