The Inheritance

Every so often a play comes along that gets almost universal glowing five star reviews. The Inheritance was one of these plays. Written by Matthew Lopez and directed by Stephen Daldry, it’s a contemporary take on the classic EM Forster novel Howard’s End. It examines love between gay men in New York a generation after the AIDS epidemic and asks what the current generation owes to its past. I had multiple friends describe it as one of the best play or possibly even the best play they’d ever seen, quite the reviews. It also won many awards and honours, including Best Play at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. It initially started at the Young Vic before transferred to the West End at the Noel Coward Theatre. Tickets were pretty pricey at well over a £100 each, but we managed to get a deal and ended up paying just £50 each through TodayTix. This is a super long play, staged in two parts over different days, each part some three hours long. I was worried it might be a bit long and pretty heavy going, but it really wasn’t. I was utterly gripped the whole way through. It was a complete rollercoaster of emotions, i laughed, i cried, i actually felt drained afterwards almost barely able to speak. Truly an exceptional piece of theatre. I really can’t recommend this play enough, if you go to just one play this year, go to this. Amazing.

Hamilton, London

Hamilton is notoriously difficult to book tickets for so when my friend David casually mentioned that he’d booked tickets I made sure he saved one for me. I’m ashamed to say I don’t know a great deal of US history and had no idea who Hamilton actually was, or really in fact what most of the show was about before I went. I literally knew that it was meant to be an excellent show and that was it. Thankfully despite my lack of knowledge I was able to follow what was going on and the songs were brilliant, really catchy and beautifully done. Despite being a historic subject it’s done with super contemporary music. I really enjoyed it. For days afterwards I found myself humming the tunes and I’ve downloaded the soundtrack onto my phone. Definitely worth seeing.