2014: A Year in Facts and Figures

A very quick snapshot of Civilian Theatre’s year theatre, as captured by WordPress.

73: Plays Seen  (36% up on 2013)    

69: Plays Reviewed

This includes:
8 Shakespeare Plays (11%)
10 Musicals / Operas (14%) 
37 were new works (50%), of which 22 were not based in existing literature or historical events (30%)
6 were in a foreign language (8%)


Most popular posts of 2014

1. The Crucible

I am sure it was the popularity of Arthur Miller’s classic play and not the appearance of chisel-jawed Thorin Oakenshield in the cast that propelled this to the top of my most read articles of 2014.

2. A Dream Turned Sour

Anything that increases the popularity of The Tiger Lillies is fine by me. This production, orchestrating World War One poetry, was all the things that they do well. Bringing a new and revealing power to well known works by filtering it through their atmospheric baroque soundscapes.

3. The Nether

So it appears I am the only one who thought this play was entirely average and not nearly as interesting as it seemed to think it was. Other bloggers appeared to have loved it and it has got a West End transfer, so it shows how little I know about such things.


Top 10 Countries by Visitors (thanks guys!)

  1. United Kingdom
  2. United States
  3. Brazil
  4. Germany
  5. Australia
  6. France
  7. Canada
  8. Italy
  9. Spain
  10. Russia Federation
  • Civilian Theatre was visited by people from 112 countries in 2013. Up from 83 last year. This represents 58% of all countries recognised by the United Nations.
  • However I hope the one person from Nepal will visit again next year. A lot to do in Africa with the majority of the continent not finding their way to the site. Better news in the Middle East where we even managed to get multiple views from Iraq and Syria. Clearly Civilian Theatre is part of the bumpy road to democracy.

The worldwide reach of Civilian Theatre



The Civil Awards – Winners

Competition has been fierce. Tears, wine and blood have been spilt. Not necessarily in that order. All that remains, with votes cast, arguments played out, and money in brown paper bags tallied and accounted for, is to dust off the golden envelopes and announce the hotly anticipated (umm, by who? – ed) results.

If you are under the suspicion that these awards don’t have any real meaning and are just another internet blog’s attempts to round off the year in a show of unnecessary and undeserved self-importance then, well, you would be right.

However I rest happy knowing these are the views of someone who has seen, and written, a lot about theatre in 2014. And that has a meaning above and beyond those offered by a certain awards ceremony funded by a bearded Russian billionaire whose questionable wealth accumulation tactics enabled them to buy an entire newspaper for seemingly the sole purpose of indulging twin fantasies of being a cultural impresario and being photographed with an arm around attractive celebrities.

So mea culpa over, follow the link to check out the winners.

Find out who won here