Wow, what a bumper month July turned out to be, five plays earned five star reviews, although one of those was a second visit to see Propeller's Richard III which I'd already given top rating to. The remaining nine plays I saw got four stars apart from one which let the side down considerably. Shame on you Woman Killed with Kindness at the National Theatre and your 2 star, 35% score.
So here were my top three (excluding RIII):
1. Propeller's Comedy of Errors - credited with changing my mind about Shakespeare's comedies 87%
2. The Pride, Sheffield Crucible - loved it when I saw it in New York with my fav Ben Whishaw and didn't think it could be topped but the cast in Sheffield proved me wrong and reminded me that Mr W aside, it is a cracking good play 85%
3. Journey's End, Duke of York's - lived up to the hype and extremely moving 81%
July's run of five star plays is a record for this year but unfortunately the one two star review dragged the average down and February still remains my top month - but only just.
August has had a slow start - even a theatre addict needs to ease off once in while - but it is to be short lived and next week, breaking my New Year's resolution for the second time, I'm seeing three plays in three days.
Of those and the rest I have booked, the ones I'm particularly excited about are Kevin Spacey's Richard III, Anna Christie at the Donmar and Broken Glass at the Tricycle which will be my first visit there. Bring it on.