Top Theatre Moments of 2015
As we head into the New Year now seems a better time than any to take a walk down memory lane and reminisce about some of the most memorable things that have happened in the world of theatre this year.
Benedict Cumberbatch at The Barbican
From a record-breaking sell out run at the Barbican to masses of fans camping out for tickets, Cumberbatch fever had quite an effect on the West End this year when the actor took to the stage as Hamlet. As well as causing a stir amongst theatregoers and fans around the world with sell out live broadcasts of the play, he also did the same amongst critics and the press with his bold speeches about the use of cameras in the theatre and bid to audiences to donate to charity after the show.
Nicole Kidman makes a return to the West End
The West End welcomed Oscar award-winning Nicole Kidman back to the stage this year as she starred in Photograph 51. The starlet received a number of fantastic reviews from critics and the audience alike as well as an endless stream of standing ovations for her role as the overlooked female DNA scientist Rosalind Franklin.
Bradley Cooper is The Elephant Man
There’s no forgetting Bradley Cooper’s performance as the disfigured Joseph Merrick in Scott Ellis’s production of Bernard Pomerance’s play at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Fresh from Broadway the actor played the part without any prostheses or makeup, causing quite the stir amongst critics. However there was no denying Cooper’s talent and the fact that he had a big part to play in audiences rushing to buy tickets – whether they were familiar with the story or not.
Christmas Show Craze
Whilst Christmas always brings fun, festive shows to the West End this year was made extra special with the likes of Jim Broadbent taking on the leading role of Scrooge in the Charles Dicken’s classic A Christmas Carol and Girl’s Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh as Jovie in Elf The Musical. In fact, Elf will soon end what has been a record-breaking run after becoming the Dominion Theatre’s fastest selling show to date.
A Big Year for Big Anniversaries
Some of Theatreland’s longest running shows celebrated historic anniversaries this year, from Les Misérables turning 30 to Phantom of the Opera marking its 29th year at Her Majesty’s theatre. Wicked celebrated its 9th year at its London home whilst Charlie and the Chocolate Factory marked its 1,000th performance at its Drury Lane venue.
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