30 Plays I Wish I’d Seen: No. 6-10

As the list continues on to numbers 6-10, let’s take a look at some of the boys I wish I’d seen.

  Eddie Redmayne throne

6. Richard II – The Donmar Warehouse

Before his Oscar stardom, I always wish I’d seen Eddie Redmayne in Richard II. It marked the final production at the Donmar under the rein of Michael Grandage before he handed it over to Josie Rourke in 2012 and boy did it look good.


7. Frankenstein – The National Theatre

When I asked fellow theatre go-ers which plays they wish they’d seen, Frankenstein came up time and time again. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, Danny Boyle’s production back in 2011 really thrilled audiences and I am sure it would have been something to behold seeing these acting greats on stage. National Theatre Live often show encore screenings of a recorded performance so it’s one to look out for.

 Manadatory Credit: Photo by Alastair Muir / Rex Features (1108953c) Mark Rylance ( Johnny 'Rooster' Byron ) 'Jerusalem' play at the Apollo Theatre, London, Britain - 09 Feb 2010 Jerusalem is directed by Jez Butterworth.

8. Jerusalem – The Royal Court

Many have classed Jerusalem as Mark Rylance’s most defining performance of his stage career when he took on the role of Jonny ‘Rooster’ Byron in Jez Butterworth’s play. It opened at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court back in 2009 and received a stream of five star reviews and earned Rylance an Olivier for his perfomance.


9. A Number – The Royal Court

Michael Gambon has claimed he’ll no longer tread the boards which is a real shame as I would have loved to have seen one of our great British legends on stage. He starred in Caryl Churchills’ A Number, also at the Royal Court, back in 2002 alongside Daniel Craig, which explored the dangerous possibilities of artificial creation. It was recently revived at the Young Vic, that I sadly missed (again).


10. Hamlet – Barbican

Ok so you must have been living on another planet if you’ve managed to escape the media hype around Ben Batch starring in Hamlet. There have been articles on review embargoes, members of the press taking sneaky snaps and even Cumberbatch himself making a plea to fans to stop recording shows, but ultimately I want to know if the production’s any good? I obviously wasn’t dealt a lucky hand in winning tickets in the ballot however I am going to see an (authorised) filmed screening in October, so I am excited to see the production that seems to have really split the critics.

Next time I look at leading ladies in numbers 11 – 15…

(Photos courtesy of Alastair Muir, The Donmar Warehouse, Johan Perrson, Ivan Kyncl, Reuters)

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