The Old Vic’s night of monologues for the NHS was a top night, so I was pleased to see that The Greatest Wealth was captured on film.
Here’s Seiriol Davis’s achingly moving The Nuchess, performed by Louise English for the 2010s.
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Flashes of excellence can be found in the midst of any production so this list celebrates some of those breath-taking and/or memorable moments that really made theatregoing enjoyably fun this year.
For reference, here’s my 2017 list, 2016 list, 2015 list and 2014 list.
Being your hero!
No word of a lie, my happiest memory from inside a theatre has to be Knights of the Rose. Nothing about the overblown opening night (including real roses on the seat) prepared us for the moment someone broke out into Enrique Iglesias’ ‘Hero’ in what had been heavily trailed as a rock musical. Kudos to the cast for continuing valiantly on, and thanks for the entertainment. Continue reading “10 of my top moments in a theatre in 2018”
The UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide Awards to honour and celebrate outstanding achievements in regional theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and they have just announced the nominations for the 2018 awards, the results of which will be revealed at a ceremony on Sunday 14th October. Continue reading “Nominations for the 2018 UK Theatre Awards”
Paying tribute to the NHS in its 70th year, the specially-commissioned monologues of The Greatest Wealth made for a great night at the Old Vic
“It’s a wonderful idea
It’s a marvellous idea
It’s such a very good idea”
It’s no exaggeration to say that I wouldn’t be here but for the NHS – it changed my life as a young boy, it saved my life as a teenager who didn’t look both ways. A story I imagine which finds resonance with so very many of us in the UK but as this venerable institution marks its 70th birthday, it finds itself under siege more than ever. So what better time to reflect on what has been, what is and what yet might be for our National Health Service.
Curated by Lolita Chakrabarti and directed by Adrian Lester, The Greatest Wealth took the form of a series of specially-commissioned world-premiere monologues, each responding to a particular decade of the NHS’s existence. Exploring the myriad ways in which it has become an integral part of the social and economic fabric of the nation, it proved a varied and thoughtful evening.
Continue reading “Review: The Greatest Wealth, Old Vic”
“The world’s gone nuts, so best of luck”
Only a quickie for this as I didn’t make it until the end of the run. Effigies of Wickedness is exactly how you’d picture a musical at the Gate Theatre going and all the better for it, we need spaces led by the daring of the likes of Ellen McDougall to cock a sideways glance at how British theatre is run and gently suggest the many ways in which it could be better.
Running time: 100 minutes (without interval)
Photos: Helen Murray
Effigies of Wickedness is booking at the Gate Theatre until 9th June