Top 15 Performances I've Ever Seen

Over my time as a theatregoer, I have had the privilege of seeing over 250 shows and because of that, I have seen a lot of outstanding performances. I went back through my huge list of all of the shows that I've seen and have narrowed down the 15 best that I've had the joy of witnessing and have provided clips from those shows, too, so you can experience them as well.

15 - Natalie Dew as Jess in Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical

14 - Gemma Arterton as Nell Gwynn in Nell Gwynn

13 - Heather Headley as Rachel in The Bodyguard: The Musical

12 - Glenn Close as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard


11 - Kate O'Flynn as Laura in The Glass Menagerie


10 - The Complete Company of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?


9 - Amber Riley as Effie White in Dreamgirls


8 - Audra McDonald as Billie Holliday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

7 - Imelda Staunton / Michael Ball as Mrs Lovett / Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd

6 - Eva Noblezada as Kim in Miss Saigon

5 - Luke Treadaway as Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

4 - Matt Henry as Lola in Kinky Boots

3 - Charlie Stemp as Arthur Kipps in Half A Sixpence

2 - Imelda Staunton as Rose in Gypsy

1 - Denise Gough as Emma in People, Places & Things

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