Theatre South East’s 2019 Favourites

Theatre South East’s 2019 Favourites

Here is Theatre South East’s round-up of all the shows that have been selected by our reviewers as their top choices in 2019. I would like to take this opportunity to give my heartfelt thanks to all our reviewers this year, Hannah Todd, Jemma Gould, Julie Warwick, Ellen Warwick, Stephen Sheldrake, Sandra Jankins and Sam Rippon. Once again, I have been privileged to see some fantastic shows this year, picking my top show is always a challenge, but this year, I am very comfortable with my choice. It is a show that made me laugh, cry and restored my faith in this crazy world.

May a take this opportunity to wish all our readers a wonderful New Year and may it be a good one and packed full of theatre!

Sammi x

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Theatre Royal Brighton

Mischief by name, Mischief by nature!

Mischief Theatre’s “Peter Pan Goes Wrong” has crashed into the Theatre Royal Brighton for November. From the company that brought us “The Play That Goes Wrong” and “A Comedy About a Bank Robbery”, this Not-A-Pantomime will keep you on your toes for unexpected and hilarious surprises throughout.

Read the full review written by Hannah Todd


The Mousetrap

The Hawth, Crawley

The Mousetrap, written by notorious detective-novel writer Agatha Christie, plays out in the communal room of the Monkswood Manor Guest House, where first-time hosts Giles and Mollie Ralston welcome an uncanny set of guests. Once snowed in for the night, the mystery begins, and it is up to Sgt Trotter to get to the bottom of it.

Read the full review written by Jemma Gould

Blood Brothers

The Hawth, Crawley

Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers premiered the stage in London in 1983, showing for nearly three decades with National and World touring groups subsequently taking the story far and wide ever since. This is a poignant tale, touching on fundamental emotions of love and friendship and the wider nature versus nurture theory. 

Read the full review written by Julie Warwick

The House On Cold Hill

Theatre Royal Brighton

The story of Ollie and Caro Harcourt draws parallels to James’s own life as they buy a house what they hope to be their forever home, however as early as moving-in day, the family hear of and begin to experience sightings of ‘the grey lady’. As the family begin to question their beliefs around the supernatural they soon discover the dark secrets of the house on Cold Hill.

Read the full review written by Ellen Warwick



Theatre Royal Brighton

Adored for its Grammy® award-winning score featuring iconic hits such as ‘Aquarius’, ‘Let the Sunshine In’, ‘I Got Life’ and ‘Good Morning Starshine’, it’s great to relive the infectious songs of HAIR and celebrate how this important period in time helped evolve the freedom we experience today.

Read the full review written by Sandra Jenkins

Avenue Q

Theatre Royal Brighton

Avenue Q is the fur-iously funny story about a fresh-faced kid just out of college, moving into a new neighbourhood that’s not quite as fancy as Avenue A, trying to figure out what to do with his life as an official grown-up.

Read the full review written by Stephen Sheldrake


The Arts Theatre, London

Successful new and revolutionary British musicals have become much more of a rarity on the West End in recent years, but the Arts Theatre’s latest resident really has knocked it out of the park. There is no surprise that the show has received 5 nods at the Olivier Awards this year. .

Read the full review written by Sam Rippon

Editor’s Choice – Come From Away

Phoenix Theatre, London

A moving, uplifting, optimistic and utterly captivating show focusing on the events in a small Newfoundland town immediately after the atrocities of the 9/11 attacks. A marvellous tribute to those thrown together by turmoil yet able to unravel the chaos and work together to reach solutions and lifelong friendships.

Read the full review written by Sammi O’Neill

If you would like to become one of our 2020 reviewers please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will tell you what is involved. If you can submit a review you have already written about a show you have seen recently even better!!!