GUYS & DOLLS, WAR HORSE, Stoppard & Sondheim Top National Theatre's Best Poll
Classic musical comedy GUYS & DOLLS, international hit War Horse, Tom Stoppard's ARCADIA and a legendary Judi Dench-led production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC top a poll of the finest productions presented in the last half-century by the vaunted National Theatre in London's West End.
Among the highlighted selections, Bob Hoskins and Julia McKenzie headlined the revival of the Frank Loesser hit GUYS & DOLLS to much acclaim in 1982, which took nearly 50% of its poll category, while Judi Dench enacted an unforgettable "Send In The Clowns" via A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC in 1995, which actually lost out to Stoppard's ARCADIA by a hair of a point to top its category from later on in the 20th century.
Other high-scorers in the poll were West End and Broadway hit THE HISTORY BOYS, Peter Shaffer's AMADEUS and Stoppard's ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD.
The poll dissected the fifty-year history of the theatrical institution by decade, tracing 1963 through the present day, with a final top ten contest now open for those wishing to cast a vote.
Of note, current National Theatre artistic director Nicholas Hytner recently announced his departure in 2015 after twelve years at the helm, with his replacement now named to be director Rufus Norris.
Check out the original article on the matter here.
From This Author Pat Cerasaro