Love London Love Culture’s Picks of the Year: 2020

Yes it has been a year like no other, but here at Love London Love Culture we have wanted to provide as much cultural coverage as possible. Here’s our list for our most read posts of the year…

Review of Les Miserables the Staged Concert: earlier this year a digital version of this immensely popular concert version of the beloved musical was released. The sheer power and energy behind the performances featured was extraordinary to witness even in this form, proving that this is a musical that will last for years to come.

Review of Music Played by Humans by Gary Barlow: this new album from the Take That singer has plenty to recommend it. Songs such as ‘Who’s Driving This Thing?’ and ‘Incredible’ are immensely uplifting and catchy, revealing a different side to his musical style. It feels like a real celebration of music and those who make it.

Review of The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Show at the Royal Albert Hall: thanks to The Shows Must Go On! and Sky Arts channel, a huge range of popular West End shows have been made available. This stunning 25th anniversary production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical was so beautiful to watch both musically and visually that it is one of my favourite shows that I have watched at home this year.

Review of Frankenstein, National Theatre: a real champion for theatre at home has been the National Theatre, who streamed some of its most popular shows through Youtube. This included this gripping production based on Mary Shelley’s classic gothic story starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.

Review of Oklahoma!, National Theatre: Broadway HD gave us all a treat by streaming this 1998 production starring Maureen Lipman and Hugh Jackman. It was a glorious and vibrant production that was brought to life perfectly by Trevor Nunn.

Review of Going the Distance by Jonathan Antoine: we took a listen to The Britain’s Got Talent star’s new album that really showcased the full range of his vocal abilities, particularly on songs such as ‘Summertime’ and ‘Country Roads’.

Review of Peter and the Wolf, Royal Ballet School, Royal Opera House: it was hard not to be instantly charmed by this thirty minute ballet filled with all manner of creatures and performed to perfection by members of the Royal Ballet School. Colourful and playful, this would be an ideal way to introduce children to both classical music and ballet.

Review of Young Dumb Thrills by McFly: McFly are back with a very grown up and bold sound that made this album intriguing and fun to listen to. never knowing which direction it was going to take, it is filled with surprises. Particular stand out tracks include ‘Tonight is the Night’ and ‘Happiness’.

Review of Lockdown Town, One Night Records: if you love music, this is an ideal way to spend an evening. Basically a time machine heading deeper into the past of musical history, this immersive experience was a great way to escape the reality of the world for a couple of hours.

Review of F**k Off, Bread and Roses Theatre: our first trip to the theatre after the first lockdown was to watch this intense piece of drama, brilliantly brought to life by all involved.

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