Home / Review

Review

Everything is Possible: The York Suffragettes – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Bridget Foreman Directors: Juliet Forster, Katie Posner Designer: Sara Perks Reviewer: Ron Simpson Everything is Possible: The York Suffragettes is a remarkable achievement made possible by York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre. Juliet Forster and Katie Posner keep impressive control of a cast of 150 and in all, an astonishing 350 volunteers (actors, choir, wardrobe, props, etc.) bring off ...

Read More »

Three Short Story Ballets – Birmingham Hippodrome

A ballerina is held aloft atop a pyramid of dancers

Music: Igor Stravinsky, John Harle, Arthur Sullivan Choreography: Michael Corder, Ruth Brill, John Cranko Reviewer: Daljinder Johal The Birmingham Royal Ballet has treated audiences with its summer season featuring three wonderful short story ballets including Arcadia. As seen as publicity posters, it allows First Artist Ruth Brill, to now make a name for herself as a choreographer. However, don't be ...

Read More »

Bastard Jones – The Cell Theater, New York

(Bastard Jones) (the cell) (NYC) (c)Carol Rosegg

Book: Marc Acito Music: Amy Engelhardt Lyrics: Marc Acito & Amy Engelhardt Writer: Henry Fielding Director: Marc Acito Reviewer: Robert Price Tom Jones is a sex symbol of 1749, and the star of one of the first (and funniest) novels ever written, The History of Tom Jones. In the new musical adaptation, the lights come up on Tom and Molly ...

Read More »

Trainspotting Live – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Irvine Welsh Adaptor: Harry Gibson Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Greg Esplin Reviewer: David Robinson The advance promotion promises a punchy and immersive evening. This In Your Face Theatre production certainly doesn’t disappoint on those two scores, far from it. Directors Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Greg Esplin almost insist from the first incredibly loud moment that there are no passengers in ...

Read More »

Death of a Salesman – Kings Theatre, Edinburgh

two men sitting on chairs one at desk

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Abigail Graham Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs Some plays have the ability to feel as if they belong to whatever time they are performed, their relevance remaining in spite of the years that have passed since they were first performed. Death of a Salesman is one such play and the Royal and Derngate touring production more than does justice to ...

Read More »

The Graduate, New Theatre – Cardiff

Writer: Charles Webb Stage Adaptation: Terry Johnson Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Barbara Michaels The sexual mores of the Sixties are the background for The Graduate.  Laughable as they may seem in some respects to the youth of today, seen against the sexual culture of the time they have their place in social history.  Despite this, it is almost impossible to ...

Read More »

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice – The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writers:  Jim Cartwright Director: Paul Robinson Designer: Tim Meacock Composer/Musical Director: Simon Slater Reviewer: Rob Atkinson When a production receives a spontaneous standing ovation, as The Rise and Fall of Little Voice so deservedly did at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre, then the mere words of a review can only restate the obvious: here was a resounding success based on a ...

Read More »

Thoroughly Modern Millie – Bristol Hippodrome

Joanne Clifton as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Book: Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan New Music: Jeanine Tesori New Lyrics: Dick Scanlan Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: Claire Hayes If it’s light-hearted escapist entertainment you’re after then the jazz age Thoroughly Modern Millie, with Strictly Come Dancing’s Joanne Clifton asserting her musical theatre credentials in the title role, could just fit the bill. Be warned though, around the edges, ...

Read More »