1. Carthage at the Finborough Theatre – ★★★★★. Until 22nd Feb.
Our first 5 star production of 2014 was a shoo-in for the top spot on this week’s list. It’s got all the right ingredients for a stunning production: a powerful and thought-provoking script, strong performances and the exceptional production value that the Finborough Theatre is known for. Don’t miss it!
2. Threshold, part of Resolution! at The Place – ★★★★. Until 15th Feb.
Cheating a bit here, because Threshold itself has actually finished. What hasn’t finished is the festival that it was part of, namely Resolution! 2014. The festival is a platform for new dance, and it’s made our top five precisely because of that. So get out there and take a risk – as we discovered with Threshold you may be pleasantly surprised.
3. A Fool’s Proof, part of the VAULT Festival in the Waterloo Tunnels – ★★★★. Until 8th Mar.
Again, A Fool’s Proof has finished it’s run, but the now-famous VAULT Festival rumbles on until the 8th March, tucked away in the tunnels under Waterloo Station. There’s no clever way to say this, but the whole idea of the VAULT Festival is just so ridiculous cool that it had to feature on this week’s list! A Fool’s Proof was a cracking show as well.
4. Bear at the Old Red Lion Theatre – ★★★★. Until 23rd Feb.
Up to Islington’s finest pub theatre next – the Bear received a rave review from our team, being described as “well-written, beautifully performed, and a good mix of comedy and drama”. Another recipe for success me thinks. And the great thing about the Old Red Lion is that if it’s not your cup of tea then you can head downstairs to drown your sorrows.
5. Half a Person: My Life as Told by the Smiths at the King’s Head Theatre – ★★★★. Until 16th Feb.
Another show that got a great write-up from our team, and I’ve put this on the list because it sounded like something a little bit different. “Not strictly a musical, a tribute show or straight drama, but something that has aspects of all these things” – sound interesting? Give it a shot!