April's theatre round up
Ok so there are six contenders for April's top three. I actually saw seven plays but the last, I Am The Wind, was a dress rehearsal so I haven't rated that - the play proper will appear, possibly, in May's list as I saw it last night.
The monthly average was the lowest so far this year at 54.37%. Two plays Moonlight at the Donmar and Hamlet 1603 were the lowest scoring but it is the former Pinter play which did the most damage scraping just a 30% rating.
Slightly strange month because there are two plays in the top three that I didn't review because I've already seen them. One a few years back when it was first staged and the other was a repeat visit.
So here goes:
1. Flare Path, Theatre Royal Haymarket
Took my friend Chris to see this while she was visiting as I thought she'd enjoy it and I love it first time around. And I was right, she did enjoy it. For me it was just as good, if not a little better than first time. Top marks come from the fact that it made me laugh and cry and is just a damn good story. If you haven't seen it yet, queue for day seats they are £20 and on the first two rows.
2. Tender Napalm, Southwark Playhouse 81%
Big fan of Philip Ridley and with his new play he has surpassed himself mixing imagery and metaphor with reality in this dynamic and energetic two-hander that takes your breath away.
3. War Horse, New London Theatre 79%
This was Chris's birthday present. I'd been looking for an excuse for a return visit having seen the original production at the National Theatre. The puppetry is first class and while it is a spectacle it is also heart-warming.
May is shaping up to be an interesting month with six plays already either seen or booked. The most highly anticipated is, of course, David Tennant and Catherine Tate in Much Ado About Nothing which I'm seeing on Monday.