The Playlist: 2014 at the theatre

If you’ve followed my blog or read any of my theatre reviews throughout this year, you might have seen a numbered song at the bottom of the page. Collected together, they form ‘The Playlist,’ the idea being to find a piece of music that encapsulates either the production or my response to it (often both). So, as with last year’s round-up of the theatre-year, here is The Playlist for 2014.

1.  The Lion King: Circle of Life, Elton Jon & Tim Rice *
2.  On the Shore of the Wide World: Song for Bob, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
3.  Travelling North: Going North, Missy Higgins
4.  Black Diggers: The Last Post, Traditional *
5.  Othello: The Remix: Rap Othello, The Reduced Shakespeare Company
6.  The Shadow King: Improvisation, from The Reef, Mark Atkins / Richard Tognetti / Julian Thomson
7.  Oedipus Schmoedipus: Love The Way You Lie, Rihanna *
8.  Once in Royal David’s City: Once In Royal David’s City, Cambridge Trinity College Choir*
9.  The Long Way Home: Synchrotone, Hans Zimmer
10.  Noises Off: Spanish Flea, Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass *
11.  Jump for Jordan: Jump (For My Love), Girls Aloud
12.  Fugitive: Rescue, Andy Price
13.  The Seagull: Cello Sonata in C, Op. 65: III. Elegia, Benjamin Britten
14.  The Winter’s  Tale: Moonshadow, Cat Stevens
15.  Hilt: Girls, Death in Vegas
16.  All’s Well That Ends Well: Hunter, Björk *
17.  The Government Inspector: Can Can, from Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli
18.  Twelfth Night: Gay Pirates, Cosmo Jarvis
19.  Music: This Charming Man, The Smiths *
20.  Perplex: I Want To Break Free, Queen *
21.  Strictly Ballroom: Love Is In The Air (Fran Mix), John Paul Young *
22.  Construction of the Human Heart: Lost Fur, Carter Burwell
23.  Antigone: 3200 Years Ago, James Horner
24.  William Shakespeare’s Reservoir Dogs: Battle Without Honour or Humanity, Tomoyasu Hotei
25.  Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography: Somebody to Love, Queen
26.  Cain and Abel: Kiss With A Fist, Florence + the Machine
27.  Mojo: I Know What I Am, Band of Skulls
28.  Brothers Wreck: On the Boat, Mick Harvey
29.  The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You: Heartbreak Hill, Michael Yezerski
30.  Patyegarang: Sarah Sees Nullah, David Hirschfelder
31.  Hedda Gabler: Heads Will Roll, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
32.  Richard III: A Hard Day’s Night, Peter Sellers
33.  Every Second: Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks, Modest Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel)
34.  La Ronde: Lovefool, The Cardigans
35.  Book of Days: The Wicked Flee, Carter Burwell
36.  Lobby Hero: Talk to the Fist, Nigel Godrich
37.  Phaedra: Burning Down The House, Talking Heads
38.  The Effect: Warm In The Winter, Glass Candy *
39.  A Doll’s House: Wandering Jane, Dario Marianelli
40.  Macbeth: The Time of Angels, Murray Gold
41.  Ugly Mugs: Tough Call, The Samphire Band
42.  Macbeth: Red Right Hand, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
43.  The Magic Flute: Sandcastles, Alan Silvestri
44.  Tartuffe: Toccata and Fugue in D minor [Edit], Ekseption
45.  Joan Again: Talk To Me, Eric Serra
46.  Nora: She’s Leaving Home, The Beatles
47.  The Bitterness of Pomegranates: Life Drawings, Mark West and Derek Yau
48.  Constellations: Skies, Alexandre Desplat
49.  Wolf Lullaby: Sound sculpture I, Paul Healy
50.  Oedipus Rex: Kyrie, from Requiem for Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Two Mixed Choirs & Orchestra, Gyorgy Ligeti
51.  Black Rainbow: Griff’s Theme, Kids At Risk
52.  The Elixir of Love: Shepherd’s hey, Percy Grainger
53.  Unholy Ghosts: Winter, Ophelia of the Spirits
54.  Sugarland: End Credits, from Australian Rules, Mick Harvey
55.  Europe: Elephant Love Medley, Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor and Jamie Allen
56.  Procne and Tereus: Search and Destroy, The Stooges *
57.  Jennifer Forever: The Strange Place, Brian Eno
58.  Children of the Sun: Children of the Revolution, T. Rex
59.  The Glass Menagerie: Dream Violin, Craig Armstrong
60.  The Witches: Dangerous, Bruno Coulais
61.  Kryptonite: Shanghai Drive, Thomas Newman
62.  Is This Thing On?: Cheap Wine, Cold Chisel *
63.  Monkey… Journey to the West: Hero, Hans Zimmer & John Powell
64.  Calpurnia Descending: Sunset Boulevard: Suite, Franz Waxman
65.  Once: Falling Slowly, Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová *
66.  Les Misérables: One Day More, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg *
67.  Emerald City: Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Tears for Fears *
68.  Henry V: The Half Killed, Dario Marianelli
69.  Switzerland: The Murderer Awaits, Daniel Pemberton
70.  A Christmas Carol: Scrooge, from The Muppets Christmas Carol, Miles Goodman
71.  Cinderella: Spring Rain, The Go-Betweens *
72.  Platonov: She is of the heavens, Dario Marianelli
73.  Cyrano de Bergerac: Cyrano, Jean-Claude Petit
74.  The Legend of King O’Malley: Get Ready For Love, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
75.  God of Carnage: End Titles, from Carnage, Alexandre Desplat *
76.  Frankenstein: Industrial Revolution, Underworld *
77.  Rupert: Right Here Right Now, Fatboy Slim
78.  Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: The Ballad of Sweeney Todd, Stephen Sondheim *
79.  Age of Entitlement: Opening Titles, from Oliver Twist, Martin Phipps
80.  Page 8: Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen, Davey Page *
81.  A Streetcar Named Desire: Peace in Mississippi, Earth *


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