Choosing our top five shows of the year has been tough but here it is.
1 – Close To You, Criterion Theatre
Our favourite show this year is Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined, a wonderfully innovative show with an extremely talented cast. It is a must-see currently showing at the Criterion Theatre until February 14th.
Twitter: @CloseToYouLDN | @CriTheatre
2 – Memphis, Shaftesbury Theatre
A close second is Memphis, a high energy soulful show with a very strong message behind it about segregation and discrimination. The cast were phenomenal singers and dancers. Unfortunately, Memphis closed in the West End on 31st October but a UK tour is planned.
3 – Wicked, Apollo Victoria Theatre
Wicked is a wonderful show about the witches of Oz. It is moving and powerful with an important message about stereotypes and superficiality. The show features some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre. It is currently defying gravity at the Apollo Victoria Theatre until November 2016.
Twitter: @WickedUK | @ApolloVictoria
4 – Carrie, Southwark Playhouse
Carrie the Musical was a phenomenal adaptation of Stephen King’s book. The show was wonderfully atmospheric and had a talented, youthful cast. There have been rumours of a West End transfer for the show but nothing substantial as yet. Pray for its salvation.
Twitter: @CarrieMusicalUK | @swkplay
5 – Assassins, Menier Chocolate Factory
Assassins is a show about all of the successful and attempted assassinations of the American presidents. This Sondheim show was fantastically directed by Jamie Lloyd and created a chilling atmosphere. It was a spectacular and intense piece of theatre which ran at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 21st November 2014 to the 7th March 2015.