1. The play of the year, by a mile, was Fathers and Sons at the Donmar adapted from Turgenev’s novel. Lindsey Turner directed Brian Friel’s harrowing and exhilarating script with immense visual aplomb.
Lionel Bart’s first musical was a sublimely witty look at the Cockney underworld starring Gary Kemp.
3. The Realness
A new song-and-dance comedy at Hackney Downs Studio, approached the same material as Fings but with a punchier and more contemporary style.
The exhilarating title melody of this musical set my nape tingling with static electricity and I was convinced that Harry Hill’s X-Factor spoof would stick around for years. It lasted a matter of weeks.
Closure rumours surround this high-energy political romp with a slightly irritating conceptual set. Its outstanding feature is a hilarious cameo from Mark Hadfield as an acrobatic, quick-stepping Harold Wilson.