Round-Up: The Best Theatre of 2019

2019 has been a fabulous year for theatre and it’s given me a grand total of 154 performances to enjoy – 147 of which have been reviewed here on the site. So what’s been seen in 2019 and what are my top picks I hear you ask? You can find both answers below!

January took me to see Between Us, Vampires Rock, The Cane, Kes, Abigail’s Party. February brought along Random, The Animals and Children Took to the Streets, Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Fallen Fruit, In Other Words, Wild, Magical Music of Harry Potter, Come From Away, Company. March offered some repeats of the glorious Company along with Hamlet, Wise Children, Duchess of Malfi, Sparkplug, Unsung, Company (again), Club Tropicana, The Remains of the Day, Sherlock Holmes, Bouncers and Gabrielle (yes, THE Gabrielle).

April gave us Rough Crossing, Noughts and Crosses, Wilde Without The Boy, Kinky Boots, Heart of Darkness, A German Life, Fiddler on the Roof, Seth Rudetsky’s Deconstructing Broadway, Seven Drunken Nights, Rock of Ages, Handbagged, A Brave Face and The House on Cold Hill. May, you ask? Same Same Different, Tosca, Blood Brothers, No Exit, Emilia, Be My Baby, Gallery of Screams, The Mousetrap, Teechers, Much Ado About Nothing, The Turn of the Screw, Waitress and Amour.

June offered up All My Sons, Little Miss Sunshine, Joseph and the Technicolour, The Rocky Horror Show, Hayley and Me, Quentin Crisp Naked Hope, Driving Miss Daisy, In the Bones, Three Mothers, Oh No It Isn’t!, Wuthering Heights and Grease. July brought along Another England, Death of a Salesman, Thriller Live, Oddsocks’ A MIdsummer Night’s Dream, Birth, Austentatious, The Lady Vanishes, Billy Shakes: Wonder Boy!, Stones in His Pockets, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Equus, The Worst Witch, When it Happens, Class and In Limbo.

With August arrived the Camden Fringe and other shows including The View Upstairs, 10 Days that Shook the World, Come Fly with Fred, Sea Changes, No Water in the Jungle, The Feminazis, Angel, The Discourse of Discord, Coram Boy, Regretxit, Karoshi, Villain, Interrupted, Where is Ban Ki-Moon?, Ugly, The Silent Boy, White Nurse, Improdyssey, As You Like It, The Net, All the Little Lights, The Geminus, Blues in the Night, Blue Tight Red Knickers and an S on Her Vest, Queen of the Mist and The Son.

September saw Death Trap, The Night Watch, Beyond the Barricade, First Impressions, Malory Towers, The 39 Steps, Tape Face, This is Not a Wedding, Heroin(e), Chekhov in Shorts, Blokes Fellas Geezers, A View from the Bridge and Connections. With October came Trojan Horse, Mushy: Lyrically Speaking, What’s in a Name?, My Beautiful Laundrette, There Are No Beginnings, Little Shop of Horrors, Under Three Moons, Blood Brothers, Cher, Dracula and The King and I.

November saw more beauts take to the stage, including: Master Harold and the Boys, One Under, Reasons to Stay Alive, The Hit, We Will Rock You, The Woman In Black, Hello and Goodbye, Toast, It’s True It’s True It’s True, The Wizard of Oz, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. And finally, good ol’ December gave us Cinderella, Band of Gold, Rock n Roll Red Riding Hood, A Night at the Musicals, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White and the Seven, Cinderella (Northern Ballet), Roots and Amélie.

Reviews for all shows reviewed this year can be found on the site, so get caught up if you missed any along the way. For now, here are my top picks of 2019’s Regional, Touring and London Theatre…


Best comedy

The 39 Steps

Best Drama

There are No Beginnings

Best Regional Fringe Production

Hello and Goodbye

Best Kids’ Show

Billy Shakes: Wonder Boy! 

Best Shakespeare Production


Best Puppetry/ Mask

The Wizard of Oz

Best Panto

Red Riding Hood Rock n Roll Panto


Best Touring Comedy 

Abigail’s Party

Best Touring Drama

A View from the Bridge 

Best Touring Musical

The King and I

Best Touring Fringe Production


Best Touring Shakespeare Production

Oddsocks’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Best Touring Cabaret/ Entertainment Show 

A Night at the Musicals 

Best Touring One Hander


Best Touring Puppetry/ Mask 

A Brave Face

Best touring ‘alternative’ show


Best Touring Physical Theatre Production



Best Drama

Death of a Salesman 

Best Musical


Best off West End Production

The View Upstairs

Best Hybrid


Best Kids’ Show

The Worst Witch

Best One Hander

A German Life

Best Shakespeare Production

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Best Puppetry/ Mask


Best Physical Theatre Production

The Silent Boy

Best ‘Alternative’ Show

Villain, Interrupted

Best London Fringe Production

All the Little Lights

Best Cabaret/ Entertainment Show

Seth Rudetsky’s Deconstructing Broadway


Overall Best London Production


Overall Best Touring Production

The King and I

Overall Best Regional Production

There are No Beginnings

…and my pick for the Best Production of 2019?

COMPANY! Which should come as a surprise to approximately no one…

And that’s all folks. Honourable mentions go to Master Harold and the Boys, Blues in the Night, Blood Brothers, Kinky Boots and The Son – all of which are productions I’ve been raving about since seeing them. Here’s to another year of great theatre in 2020!

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