Another busy year, with groups – from the biggest professional to the tiniest am-dram – battling to entertain us through the recession.
Some of my five-star hits were long-awaited: Kiss Me Kate at Chichester, Simon Callow doing Dickens for Christmas, CYGAMS' Les Mis revival, Mark Rylance back on the Globe stage as Olivia. But as ever, the unexpected gave the greatest pleasure – Chris Barber, sharp and witty, providing a superb two-hour set, or The Drowsy Chaperone, from Brentwood Operatic [how can I have missed this one up to now?].
Here's the full top seventeen, in date order:
Fond memories, too, of Christine at the Headgate [another pleasant surprise]. 55 Days at Hampstead and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and People, at the National.
But what did you see that I didn't – what would earn five stars from you ?
picture of Anne Boleyn tour by Robert Day