Productions of the year in London theatre

Yesterday I shared my thirty picks for theatre performances during 2019 which really impressed me – today it is the turn of thirty productions which stood out from the crowd.

To make this list a show has to have something truly special: be very funny, have an emotional connection, be exceptionally well-written, and be all-round entertaining. Follow the links for my full review of each show.

West End Plays

Equus at Trafalgar Studio 1

The Life I Lead at Wyndham’s

Noises Off at Garrick Theatre

West End Musicals

& Juliet at Shaftesbury Theatre

The Book of Mormon at Prince of Wales Theatre

Come From Away at Phoenix Theatre

Girl from the North Country at Gielgud Theatre

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole at Ambassadors Theatre

Off-West End Plays

Death of a Salesman at the Young Vic

The Fishermen at Trafalgar Studio 2

Mouthpiece at Soho Theatre

Vincent River at Trafalgar Studio 2

Off-West End Musicals

Ghost Quartet at Boulevard Theatre

The View UpStairs at Soho Theatre

Wider London Fringe Plays

The Crucible at The Yard

The Doctor at Almeida Theatre

Funeral Flowers at The Bunker

Gently Down The Stream at Park Theatre

King Hedley II at Theatre Royal Stratford East

When The Crows Visit at Kiln Theatre

Wider London Fringe Musicals

Call Me Fury at Hope Theatre

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at Southwark Playhouse

Dead Dog in a Suitcase … and other love songs at Lyric Hammersmith

Operation Mincemeat at New Diorama

Shida at the Vaults

Tokyo Rose at New Diorama

Concerts and Other Shows

Kelli O’Hara at Cadogan Hall

Ubu: A Singalong Satire at Shoreditch Town Hall

National Theatre



Jesus Christ Superstar