2018 was my year of theatre. I don't think I've ever seen so many shows in my life! Here are 10 of my favourite (mainly regional) theatre productions from 2018.
Shrek the Musical turns the mixed-up, topsy-turvy fairytale into an all-singing, all dancing musical comedy, with all our favourite characters, jokes, and storylines.
I was swept along by La Traviata and its sumptuous and sorrowful storyline.
A musical that masquerades as a pop concert, telling the stories of each of Henry VIII's six wives? I am THERE.
The English National Ballet has brought Manon to Southampton's Mayflower Theatre for just four days, before it heads to the London Coliseum in January. This production is rarely toured in the UK, and so this really is an exciting opportunity to see something different!
In keeping with the Halloween feel that comes with the end of October, an eerie, dark and unusual show has arrived in Southampton.
I'll be honest, I had no idea what to expect when I sat down in the theatre, but I found myself partying, laughing and even shedding a few more tears than planned at a surprisingly emotional ending.
Showing in Southampton until the 13th of October, The Unreturning explores what it really means for soldiers to return home after combat, and how the fight continues once they enter their own homes.
It is April 1968, and one great man is about to meet his maker much sooner than expected.
Fierce, funny, fiery and fervent, and fusing the ancient and the modern, Bullish is brilliant; it grabs gender fluidity and definitions, and identity by the horns.