We awarded 13 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2017 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2018 so far and what’s to come. Shakespeare Trilogy and Follies are previous winners in this category.
- Read on for our top 6 revivals of 2018 so far and our hopes for the next half year
As You Like It (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) Review
We said: ‘Lots of fun, brimming with memorable original music and its setting makes for a truly magical evening.’
Julius Caesar (Bridge Theatre) Review
We said: ‘Hytner’s production is a triumph of staging and harnesses the energy of the baying mob to produce something which builds on the interactivity of 2016’s spectacular all-women Shakespeare Trilogy which won our monsta for Best Revival and is to be screened on BBC4 later this year.’
The Importance Of Being Earnest (Sophie Thompson pictured above as Lady Bracknell, Vaudeville Theatre) Tickets Review
We said: ‘Classic Spring Company’s Wilde Season has been an absolute joy, brought some undervalued work to wider attention and goes out with an explosion of laughs to end an absolutely glittering season. Who knew being earnest could be quite so deliciously funny?’
The Lieutenant Of Inishmore (Noel Coward Theatre) Tickets Review
We said: ‘Inishmore is probably the funniest comedy on at the moment in the West End and Turner’s comic turn at its heart is must-see.’
The York Realist (Donmar) Review
We said: ‘The York Realist may have been more daring when it first aired but it still has important points to make years on and we found it sensitive and sweet.’
Translations (National Theatre) Tickets Review
We said: ‘We laughed long and hard at the first three-quarters of this play which made its conclusion all the more devastating.’
On our radar for the next 6 months are Little Shop Of Horrors (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Pinter season (Harold Pinter Theatre), Company (Gielgud Theatre), Porgy and Bess (Coliseum) Othello (Globe), Aristocrats (Donmar), Twelfth Night (Young Vic), Measure For Measure (Donmar) and Macbeth (Barbican).