Well 2010 is going to be pretty tough to beat but there are already some tempting treats in the diary that have got me excited with expectation.
Twelfth Night directed by Peter Hall and starring daughter Rebecca is high on the list. It's a play I studied at uni (although I always preferred the tragedies) so is as close to feeling like a pair of old slippers as a Shakespeare play can get. The National has put on some pretty good productions of plays by Bill and his contemporaries during the last couple of years so all the ingredients are there.
Then there is Vernon God Little at the Young Vic which I'm hoping lives up to my memories of the first time I saw it. Colin Morgan was fresh out of drama school when he took the titular role and newcomer Joseph Drake is in a similar position this time. It's a fantastic first stage role so I'm hoping he'll follow in little Colin's footsteps and be a star in the making.
Following hot on the heels of that, well the very next night in fact, is my first trip to see Julius Caesar. I've heard several friends speak very fondly of the play and I'm also hopeful my visual appetite for stage blood will be sated, the RSC has a good reputation on that score. It's at the Roundhouse so my only concern is the potential restricted view.
In fact February is shaping up to be a bumper month three further hotties already lined up: Our Private Life, upstairs at the Royal Court with the lovely Mr Morgan (first time I'll have seen him on stage since Vernon), Frankenstein at the National (need I say more?) and In a Forest Dark and Deep at the Vaudeville which I'll readily admit is partially motivated by getting to ogle Matthew Fox.
If I'm still breathing after all that there is Rattigan's Cause Celebre at the Old Vic with the wonderful talent that is Anne-Marie Duff in March.
And those are just my pre-emptive highlights goodness knows what little gems might pop up in between, particularly if certain rumours surrounding you know Who prove true. If anyone out there has any recommendations then please do recommend away.
Theatre season 2011 kicks off on Tuesday with Get Santa! at the Royal Court which could prove to be inappropriately appropriate (the tickets were very cheap) so let the battle to win my heart and mind commence.