We begin this month with an all time classic. Our Town is one of the most performed pieces of theatre ever made, an American masterpiece that examines the minutiae of life. But just because it is popular does not mean it is plain: the show’s unusual structure and style still feel fresh some eighty years after its first performance.
Elsewhere, it feels like theatre and music are being merged like never before. Termed ‘gig theatre’, these shows are part concert part dramatic performance. When they work, like with Reasons to be Cheerful, they’re pretty special. You might also want to try Duckie, on at Contact, which does something similar but with a bit of opera thrown in.
Let’s end on something a bit different. The makers of Andante at The Lowry once said: “We started with wanting to change the world with a performance. We felt like idiots. Then we danced a lot.” Let’s hope their dancing is just as fun.
Here are our picks