Our reviewers' picks of 2016

Reporter: David Chadderton

Dateline: 8th January, 2017

We asked some of our reviewers to give their top five productions that they had seen in 2016, not necessarily ones that they reviewed for us. Here's what they came up with.

James Ballands (Yorkshire reviewer)

Martin Thomasson (North West reviewer)

Sandra Giorgetti (London reviewer)

Plays

Musicals

Special mention

Failed to live up to the hype

Othniel Smith (Cardiff reviewer)

  1. Meet Fred—Hiiinx

    A clever and irreverent (and sweary) show using puppetry to talk about disability without actually mentioning disability.

  2. Henry VI—Omidaze

    An all-female take on Shakespeare performed in the highly atmospheric roof-space of the Wales Millennium Centre, the other-worldliness of the King represented via aerialism.

  3. Constellation Street—The Other Room

    A series of monologues by Matthew Bulgo, performed as a promenade piece - a logistical tour-de-force in a miraculously transformed venue.

  4. Kiss Me Kate—Welsh National Opera/Opera North

    Classic Broadway-style musical theatre at its wittiest, slickest and most illogical.

  5. Jem & Ella—Run Ragged

    A touching father-daughter dance/performance piece, with technical ability undercutting any sentimentality.

Colin Davison (Midlands and South reviewer)

Drama

Opera

Mark Smith (Yorkshire / North West reviewer)

Velda Harris (Sheffield reviewer)

Velda has selected her six best at Sheffield Theatres excluding most but not all of the travelling shows that went into the Lyceum.

Georgina Wells (North West reviewer, dance specialist)

Simon Sladen (Panto editor)