2018: Best theatre shows around the UK
We asked our critics across the UK to pick their favourite production of the past 12 months
Knives in Hens – Perth Theatre
“Lu Kemp’s brutal take on David Harrower’s work was one of several great revivals of modern Scottish classics. Kemp brought out a tense and illuminating performance from Jessica Hardwick as the Young Woman, living in a superstitious, pastoral age.” Thom Dibdin
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Kilworth House, Leicestershire
“Director and choreographer Andrew Wright turned the most performed musical in history into a flying circus with his whirlwind choreography and explosive numbers, milking the comedy for all it was worth.” Pat Ashworth
Random/Generations – Minerva, Chichester Festival Theatre
“To see the festival programme an intense, sparse, stylistically innovative double bill about the loss of young black lives felt, in itself, like a source of hope. Captivating and devastating.” Bella Todd
Torch – St Helens
“Immersive theatre is usually supposed to make the audience forget where they are. This was special because it didn’t transport its viewers away from St Helens but made them see it, and the women who live and have lived there.” Francesa Peschier
The Last Ship – Northern Stage, Newcastle
“Gorgeously staged tale of working- class lives that pulled heartstrings and packed a political punch.” Tracey Sinclair
Mouthpiece – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
“Orla O’Loughlin’s powerful directorial swansong of her tenure as artistic director rips open the class divide in Edinburgh and across the UK.” David Pollock
P-Project – BE Festival at Birmingham Repertory Theatre
“Ivo Dimchev’s audacious show used a box containing £1,000 as a dramaturgical instrument, opening up issues around competition, value, public funding for the arts and individual agency.” Ben Kulvichit
My Romantic History – Live Theatre, Newcastle
“Brian Lonsdale and Bryony Corrigan deliver a masterclass in comic timing.” Chris Collett
Mother Courage and Her Children – Albion Electric Warehouse, Leeds
“The promenade setting meant the audience were literally following in refugees’ footsteps.” John Murphy
The Last Five Years – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
“D/deaf dancers Raffie Julien and Anthony Snowden worked with singers Lauren Hood and Michael Hamway for a terrific show.” Nicholas Davies
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