12 Plays for 2022

If life for once goes according to plan then by end of October, at the latest, I should be enjoying the mild Spanish autumn. That said London is a huge part of my life. I lived here for the past 12 years and in many ways, it shaped me as a person, in ways good and bad. 

Because of that, I want to say a proper goodbye to the things that are dearest to me in this city. That of course does not include the atmosphere and vibe, the intangibles are simply intangible, but I will try to capture some of it through the tangibles. Hence this project, after nearly two years of covid-forced-theatre-abstinence I plan to go back with vengeance. 

The plan is to see at least 12 plays in the next 9 months. And to write about them. I do not aspire to be a theatre critic, but I do believe that, as every audience member, I have a right to my opinions and that is what I will share here. Hopefully with some interesting additional information, to keep you reading.

In December of 2021, thanks to my friend who was as theatre desperate as me I managed to add in a ‘play zero’ – Four Quartets with Ralph Fiennes at Harold Pinter Theatre. I will be writing a blog post about every play and you will find the list here as it grows with links to the posts. Now let’s keep our fingers crossed that another wave won’t close the theatres for good.

The plays I saw most recently are on top.

The Glass Menagerie – Tennessee Williams, directed by Jeremy Herrin, starring Amy Adams, Paul Hilton, Tom Glynn-Carney, Lizzie Annis and Victor Alli, The Duke of York’s Theatre, June 2022

Amy Adams, The Glass Menagerie, source London Theatre

The Human Voice – Jean Cocteau, directed by Ivo van Hove, starring Ruth Wilson, Harold Pinter Theatre, April 2022

Ruth Wilson, The Human Voice, source London Theatre

Straight Line Crazy – David Hare, directed by Nicholas Hytner, starring Ralph Fiennes, The Bridge Theatre, March 2022

Ralph Fiennes, Straight Line Crazy, source The Bridge Theatre

The Collaboration – Anthony McCarten, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, starring Jeremy Pope, Paul Bettany, Young Vic, March 2022

Jeremy Pope, Paul Bettany, The Collaboration, source Young Vic

A Number – Caryl Churchill, directed by Lyndsey Turner, starring Paapa Essiedu, Lennie James, The Old Vic, February 2022

A Number, phot. Manuel Harlan, source London Unattached

(r) The Shark is Broken – Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon, directed by Guy Masterson, starring Ian Shaw, Liam Murray Scott, Demetri Goritsas, The Ambassadors Theatre, February 2022

The three ‘amigos’ from Jaws, source BBC

(r) Peggy for You – Alan Plater, directed by Richard Wilson, starring Tamsin Greig, Hampstead Theatre, January 2022

Tamsin Greig in Peggy for You, source theatre website

(r) Four Quartets – T. S. Eliot, directed by Ralph Fiennes, starring Ralph Fiennes, Harold Pinter Theatre, December 2021

Ralph Fiennes in Four Quartets, source The Guardian