Thursday, 8 February 2018

5 Theatre Trips to Make in 2018

Although I wrote my annual favourites post, I didn’t take the time at the beginning of the year to look forward. I spend so much time dwelling on the past, or worrying about the future, that I forced myself to breathe only in the present over the Christmas break.

Second to drowning myself in memories and nostalgia, I love to plan. And there’s no better time than the beginning of the year to plan the coming months. Yes, I’m aware it’s already February. So if, like me, you’re a little behind on the whole New Year’s plans, here are five things to see at the theatre in 2018. These are both recommendations of things I’ve already seen, and a couple I can’t wait to experience. 


If you’re even remotely interested in theatre, you’ll be aware of Hamilton, although I’m not sure that’s even a prerequisite anymore. Hamilton, the hip-hop musical about one of America’s founding fathers, is every bit worth the hype, for musical lovers and the more sceptical alike. I saw the long-awaited London production back in December, and have a second date booked for April. If you haven’t been or booked yet, there are still tickets available from the most recent release, or you can enter the daily lottery for £10 seats.

VAULT Festival

I’m cheating a little with this one and including a whole festival, encompassing around 300 shows. Being the terrible theatre blogger that I am, this year was the first time I had been to VAULT Festival, but I had an excellent introduction with For a Black Girl, and am determined to catch a few more shows between now and 18th March. With such a wealth of new writing playing every day, there really is something for everyone.

Julius Caesar

Nicholas Hytner’s production of this classic Shakespeare play at the new Bridge Theatre has earned a lot of attention for its promenade staging, and rightly so. The modernised production has 200 or so audience members stood in the ‘arena’, immersing them in the action by being shoved around the space. Quite embarrassingly, I didn’t make it through the whole performance, thanks to low blood pressure making an unwelcome entrance. But I definitely need to return before 15th April to see this wonderful production in full. Though perhaps seated this time. However, if you’re not a fellow weakling, I would highly recommend opting for a standing ticket to get the most out of the experience. 

Fun Home

I love the Young Vic, but I don’t go there anywhere near enough, so I had to book tickets to see Fun Home, a five-time Tony Award winning musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel. Beyond this, I don’t know much about the show, and I’m trying for once to go in fairly blind, not having devoured the soundtrack in advance. 


Any new production of Sondheim obviously immediately makes the longlist, and it’s the stellar cast that’s secured this one its place in the final five. Rosalie Craig, Patti LuPone and Mel Giedroyc? Yep, take my money. Plus I’m all for the gender change of protagonist Bobby. Bring on September.

What theatre have you got planned for 2018? Let me know what I need to add to my list.


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