AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our best theatre revival of 2017 so far

We awarded 12 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2016 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2017 so far and what’s to come. The Shakespeare Trilogy, by the Donmar at King’s Cross Theatre, was the previous winner in this category.

  • Read on for our top 5 best theatre revivals of 2017 so far and our hopes for the next half year

  1. Angels In America, National Theatre

Director Marianne Elliott’s vision for one of the most ambitious works from recent history found its perfect home at the National with an outstanding cast. Runs at the Lyttelton Theatre until 19/8. Our review. Tickets occasionally available here

2. Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Apollo Theatre

Stars Jack O’Connell and Sienna Miller’s nakedness in this (picture above) is perfectly in keeping with the sizzling surroundings and wonderfully at odds with the fizz that has gone flat in their marriage. Director Benedict Andrews’ imagination is on overtime with a wildly inventive set including onstage shower. Deserving better reviews than it received, we gave this Young Vic production at the Apollo 5*. Runs to 7/10. Tickets

3. Hamlet, Almeida and Harold Pinter Theatre

Less of a revival and more of a radical re-imagining by director Robert Icke. Star Andrew Scott’s is probably the outstanding theatrical performance of 2017 so far. Runs to 2/9 at the Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End after transferring from the Almeida. Our review. Tickets

4. The Glass Menagerie, Duke Of York’s Theatre

What a year for Tennessee Williams revivals. John Tiffany’s at the Duke Of York’s boasted the formidable Cherry Jones and blink-and-you’ll-miss-how-understated-she-is Kate O’Flynn. Remarkable. Review

5. Shakespeare Sonnet Walk, Westminster Abbey

We suspect that this one will be tough to beat. Oscar winner Mark Rylance has organised walking tours to the Globe Theatre, where participants are ambushed by actors offering Shakespearean verse, for years. This year the 25-strong acting troop, including Rylance, took it one step further with a promenade-style version in Westminster Abbey where the audience mingled with the cast, who often took them to one side to whisper in their individual ear. Magical. Review

Revivals we’re excited for in 2017 include Imelda Staunton in Follies at the National, with Janie Dee and Tracie Bennett (Tickets), Lesley Sharp and Brian Vernal in The Seagull at The Lyric, Hammersmith (Tickets) and Ian McKellen, Jonathan Bailey, Sinéad Cusack, Dervla Kirwan and Phil Daniels in King Lear in Chichester (Tickets).

  • Picture by Johan Persson via Facebook courtesy Young Vic. Check out our tips and hopes in each of the remaining 11 categories on this site over the rest of the summer. Go here for Theatre Actress, Theatre ActorMusical and Best New Play.
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