Well, well, well, here we are, another year gone by but what a bumper year it has been. My theatre going reached a new level of frequency for a start, kicking 2010's total of over 70 into a round 100 plays seen in 2011.
2011 saw arrival of the Stan Theatre Spreadsheet which was my attempt to be more scientific, marking everything I saw out of 100.
There was still a bit of overlap in scores among those plays vying for my top ten so I judged based on entertainment value and how memorable the production was, compared to the other contenders. This, combined with the scores, decided the ultimate order and which plays made the final slots.
Anyway without further ado, here are the best and worst of what I saw in 2011:
The best (in order):
1. Jerusalem (Apollo Theatre)
Late to the party on this one but like to think I turn up with a nice bottle of fizz just as the drinks are running out
2. Richard III (Propeller Theatre Company at Hampstead)
My new love affair begins, Propeller are genius...
3. Comedy of Errors (Propeller Theatre Company at Hampstead)
...and they made me properly laugh at Shakespeare comedy for the first time.
4. Frankenstein (both versions, National Theatre)
Hands down the theatre spectacle of the year and getting the leads to swap roles put a whole new spin on revisiting a play as an audience member.
5. Wittenberg (Gate Theatre)
Every now and again comes a fringe production that punches way above it's weight. This is one of those.