Here we go with my run down of everything I managed to catch at the Theatre in 2018, this includes plenty of UK Touring shows coming to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal and the Sunderland Empire. I squeezed in a few London trips and even another New York trip thanks to my marathon place!
In 2016 I managed to see 31 shows. In 2017 I managed to see 36 shows. My total for this year 2018 was 26 different shows. Not as many as the previous two years, but still a very impressive number. Check out which shows here!
January started off in spectacular theatre fashion as I started the New Year in London travelling down on the 2nd and staying for three nights. Managing an incredible five shows in three days! First up was Follies at the National Theatre the night before it closed and it was an amazing way to start off my year! Read the full review here. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie was a new musical I had been following since its Sheffield opening and then transfer to the West End. It was a thrill to see it so early in its run and has so much going for it. Read the full review here. I also got to meet John McCrea at the stage door! Then another visit to see Young Frankenstein the Musical for what would be my final time seeing Ross Noble as Igor. Plus another stage door visit for this wonderful cast. It was then the day for the big one Hamilton the show everyone had been talking about after being the talk of Broadway! Read the full review here. But I had a nightmare with my seat being full price yet a restricted view! I had queued in the morning for day seats for Glengarry Glen Ross as Christian Slater had taken on the leading role. I was in the front row and it was fantastic to see him on stage from such a close angle! It’s a powerful play which is still more than relevant today. Read the full review here. I also got to meet Christian Slater and the stage door and then later won a cast signed poster!
February – no shows
March everything picked up again with four shows this month. Starting with Cilla the Musical which was taken from the BBC tv series of the same name, something I had not actually watched. But that didn’t make a difference though as the show told the story and I enjoyed seeing the background for one of Britain’s biggest stars. Read the full review here. I then got to see the UK tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical having adored it in the West End! Read the full review here. I then bought a last-minute ticket to see Art, the Play which had a fantastic cast including Nigel Havers! Read the full review here and check out the stage door photos. I finished the month seeing The Bobby Thompson Story about a Newcastle comedian at the Theatre Royal, because my parents had tickets but then booked a holiday! Unfortunately though I didn’t review the show.
April was another good month seeing The Last Ship at wonderful Northern Stage, it was my first time in that theatre and the stage was huge. This worked well for the production being on a shipyard. Read the full review here. I then managed to get a very cheap ticket for Throughly Modern Millie and it was so much of a surprise show that I enjoyed more than I thought I would. Read the full review here. I was on the fence about going to see The Band Musical and that was because I was and have never been a huge Take That fan. I liked the way they had a new story with the songs mashed in it. Read the full review here. Next was a show I have always wanted to see due to loving the film Legally Blonde the Musical, and I was not disappointed one bit. It’s a terrific show with some very catchy songs. Read the full review here. The month then finished with a West End trip the day before I took on the London Marathon with my all time favourite Chicago and it had Cuba Gooding Jr in it! Read the full review here. Stage door with Cuba Gooding Jr here.
May started off with the cancelling of Russell Brand’s stand up show Re:Birth. I did manage to eventually see Matilda the Musical as part of its UK tour and was very underwhelmed by the experience, I was quite shocked with how much it had been build up and failed to understand why. Read the full review here. I then went to see another of my favourites in Evita and once again loved this show, yes it is depressing but it is so powerful at the same time. Read the full review here.
June was a one show month and a new musical! An Officer and a Gentleman the Musical and I loved what they did with this one, I have such a love for the film and the way they kept all of the best moments mixed with some fantastic songs was great! Read the full review here. Stage door with the lovely cast!
July was a two show month seeing Dusty the Musical the day after my birthday, and it was everything I had hoped for and more! Read the full review here. Then I finished the month making my teenage self extremely happy seeing Orlando Bloom on stage in Killer Joe! A very strange play, read the full review here. I also got to meet him at the stage door!
August was to be my final time seeing Young Frankenstein the Musical before it closed a few weeks later, I truly adore this show and was so sad that it closed so early. Read the full review here.
September I saw Wicked for the 9th time as part of its UK Tour and I can confirm that I still love this show as much as ever! I then caught another show on tour with Calendar Girls the Musical, which was utterly lovely from start to finish.
October was a show I had been waiting to see for over a year after buying the tickets as soon as they went on sale for the return of a legend to the West End, that’s right Patti LuPone was coming back! In Company which is a truly outstanding show, this version they did a gender swap to the main character and it is one of the best musicals I have ever seen. Read the full review here.
November was to be a bonus with heading to New York for the marathon I managed to squeeze in two shows around my 26.2 mile run! The first was My Fair Lady and it was a wonderful production, which I throughly enjoyed. Read the full review here. I then got day seats for Pretty Woman the Musical and with Bryan Adams being involved in the music it was always going to be something that I would enjoy. Read the full review here. I then finished off the month and what would be my year with some comedy from Ross Noble and his El Hablador tour, read the full review here.
December – no shows
Which shows did you manage to see during 2018?