Paul Arditti

Paul Arditti Portrait

SOUND DESIGNER

Current & Future productions include: HAMLET (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, RADA); LABOUR OF LOVE (West End); THE JUNGLE (Young Vic); YOUNG MARX and JULIUS CAESAR (Bridge Theatre); MARY STUART (West End); AMADEUS, BEGINNING and MACBETH (National Theatre). 

Recent Designs include: CAROLINE OR CHANGE (Chichester Festival Theatre); BETRAYAL (Derby Theatre); THE GLASS MENAGERIE (Edinburgh International Festival & West End); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, THE EMPEROR, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (and West End), FEAST, THREE SISTERS THE CHANGELING, THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, BEEN SO LONG, MEMBER OF THE WEDDING, VERNON GOD LITTLE, THE RESPECTABLE WEDDING, GENERATIONS (Young Vic); MOSQUITOESAMADEUS, THE THREEPENNY OPERA, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM, EVERYMAN, THE HARD PROBLEM, BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS, KING LEAR, NT 50th ANNIVERSARY, EDWARD II, THE MAGISTRATE, COLLABORATORS, LONDON ROAD (National Theatre); wonder.land (MiF, Theatre du Chatelet, National Theatre); A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Young Vic & New York); KING CHARLES III (Almeida, West End, UK Tour and Broadway); MARY STUART and BAKKHAI (Almeida); THE AUDIENCE (Broadway & West End); SKYLIGHT (West End & Broadway); BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL (West End, Broadway, US & UK Tour, Holland); LITTLE REVOLUTION; (Almeida Theatre); RED VELVET (Tricycle Theatre, New York & West End); GREAT BRITAIN (& West End), AMERICAN PSYCHO (Headlong & Almeida), CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (West End), IN THE REPUBLIC OF HAPPINESS, IN BASILDON, JUMPY (& West End), THE PAIN AND THE ITCH (Royal Court); THE MAGISTRATE, LONDON ROAD, COLLABORATORS, THE VEIL, ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS (& West End & Broadway), BLOOD AND GIFTS, LOVE THE SINNER, NEVER SO GOOD, HAPPY NOW?, SAINT JOAN, THE REVENGER’S TRAGEDY, THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING (National Theatre); DOCTOR DEE (Manchester International Festival & ENO); THE BEE (New York); COMPANY (Sheffield Crucible); THE MOST INCREDIBLE THING (a new ballet by the Pet Shop Boys choreographed by Javier de Frutos, Sadlers Wells); A RING, A LAMP, A THING (Royal Opera House); ARABIAN NIGHTS (RSC); THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA (National Theatre of Scotland), MAN OF THE MOMENT (Royal & Derngate, Northampton); WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING (Almeida); THE CHERRY ORCHARD and THE WINTER’S TALE (The Bridge Project: Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, World Tour & Old Vic); MARY STUART, LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES (Broadway); UNDER THE BLUE SKY (West End); THE DIVER (Soho Theatre); NAKAMITSU (Gate Theatre, London); HERGE’S ADVENTURES OF TINTIN (Barbican and West End).

A full list of Paul’s credits can be found here: www.paularditti.com

Awards and Nominations include: The inaugural Technical Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound 2013; ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS: Tony Award Nomination 2012; BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL: Tony Award 2009, Drama Desk Award 2009, BroadwayWorld.com Fan’s Choice Award 2009, Olivier Award 2006, Helpmann Award (Australia) nomination 2008; MARY STUART: Tony Award nomination 2009; SAINT JOAN: Olivier Award 2008; FESTEN: Evening Standard award 2005, Olivier Award nomination 2006; THE PILLOWMAN: Drama Desk Award 2005, Olivier Award nomination 2004; CRESTFALL: Irish Times Theatre Award nomination 2004; FAR AWAY: Lucille Lortel Award nomination 2004; THE CHAIRS: Drama Desk Award nomination 2003; FOUR BABOONS ADORING THE SUN: Drama Desk Award 1993.

Paul is a founder member of The Association of Sound Designers, which launched in 2011, and was appointed as associate af the NT in September 2015.

www.associationofsounddesigners.com.

26 July 2017

Paule Constable and Paule Arditti are Lighting and Sound Designers on MOSQUITOES

Paule Constable and Paule Arditti are Lighting and Sound Designers on MOSQUITOES

Written by Lucy Kirkwood and Directed by the National Theatre Artistic Director, Rufus Norris, MOSQUITOES has Lighting by Paule Constable and Sound by Paul Arditti. It runs at the Dorfman Theatre at the National until September 28th. 

 

WhatsOnStage ★★★★★

“the kind of play that makes me want to punch the air in celebration”

“simple circular set, with a huge metal portal looming above it, is transformed by light”

“the play's constantly changing landscape…opens up whole worlds without ever losing its still centre or its capacity to hold the attention for every moment”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/review-mosquitoes-dorfman-national-lucy-kirkwood_44199.html?cid=homepage_news

 

The Guardian ★★★★

“Paule Constable’s lighting and Paul Arditti’s sound design help to convey the momentousness of the Geneva experiments”

“wonderfully ambitious”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/jul/26/mosquitoes-review-lucy-kirkwood-olivia-colman-olivia-williams

 

Broadway World ★★★★

“The science lectures are made palatable via immersive cosmic light shows - key contributions from Paule Constable, Paul Arditti”

“Hugely ambitious, intelligent and affecting, and a refreshing epic powered by two women who contain multitudes”

http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-MOSQUITOES-National-Theatre-20170726

The Times ★★★★

"intelligent, impassioned"

"exhilarating in its ambition"

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/times2/theatre-review-mosquitoes-at-the-dorfman-theatre-se1-9nvwp6r75

The Telegraph ★★★★

“dazzling”

“tackles giant themes with a swaggering showmanship”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/olivia-colman-devastatingly-good-lucy-kirkwoods-dazzling-new/

 

Timeout ★★★★

“Full of projected galaxies and cosmic cacophony… like an action movie…tough enough to handle it”

“wildly ambitious”

https://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/mosquitoes

 

The Stage ★★★★

“It’s a joy though to see a play devote this much space and time to examining what it is to be a sister, a mother and a daughter, while also effortlessly contemplating the universe”

“Rufus Norris’ production takes the approach that, as this is a play about science stuff, it requires the deployment of all his toys”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/mosquitoes-starring-olivia-colman-review-national-theatre-london/

 

 

27 January 2017

Peter Shaffer’s AMADEUS will return to the National in 2018

Peter Shaffer’s AMADEUS will return to the National in 2018

The National have announced the return of Michael Longhurst's sell-out production of Peter Shaffer's AMADEUS, with Lucian Msamati and Adam Gillen reprising their roles from January 2018.

https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2017/ivo-van-hove-direct-bryan-cranston-national-theatres-new-season/ 

19 December 2016

Paul Arditti is Sound Designer on MARY STUART at the Almeida.

Paul Arditti is Sound Designer on MARY STUART at the Almeida.

Robert Ike’s new adaptation of Schiller’s 1800 political drama sees Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams trade the play's central roles Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I, decided at each performance by the toss of a coin. Playing until the 21st of January.

The Stage ★★★★★

“stark, intense and riveting production”

“Chilling, thrilling production”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/mary-stuart-review-at-the-almeida-theatre-london/ 

The Observer ★★★★★

“explosive effect”

“sculptural, rich and incisive”

“Laura Marling’s specially composed music sends a vibration through the action, adding rather than emphasising. A beautiful song, played as Mary prepares for execution, has the intimacy of unspoken thoughts.” 

“an electrifying production.” 

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/dec/18/mary-stuart-almeida-robert-icke-observer-review-lia-williams-juliet-stevenson

Time Out  ★★★★★

“a beautiful, ever-present ambient sound design from Paul Arditti” 

“a rich, multilayered, and deeply human political thriller.” 

http://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/mary-stuart-6

The Arts Desk ★★★★★ 

“ever-present soundscape, peerlessly executed as ever by Paul Arditti”

“a shattering experience.”

http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/mary-stuart-almeida-theatre

London Theatre ★★★★★

“a magnificently gripping, intense production” 

https://www.londontheatre.co.uk/reviews/review-of-mary-stuart-at-the-almeida-theatre

Variety

“nerve-shredding thrills”

http://variety.com/2016/legit/reviews/mary-stuart-review-almeida-theater-1201943549/ 

What’s On Stage★★★★ 

“gripping stuff”

“Icke makes it speak so powerfully to our times, while never losing track of those in which it belongs.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/mary-stuart-almeida-lia-williams-juliet-stevenson_42512.html

Evening Standard ★★★★

“an insistent ambient soundtrack” 

“This is an absorbing, dense and resonant three hours of theatre.”

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/mary-stuart-theatre-review-absorbing-dense-and-resonant-a3421736.html

The Times ★★★★ 

“the politics of the past startlingly reflect the present.”

“It’s fascinating theatre — fiercely pertinent, exhilaratingly potent.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-mary-stuart-at-the-almeida-theatre-n1-xkr88dds2

31 October 2016

Peter Shaffer’s AMADEUS open at The National Theatre

Peter Shaffer’s AMADEUS open at The National Theatre

Peter Shaffer’s iconic play had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, winning multiple Olivier and Tony awards.

This new production, directed by Michael Longhurst, is given live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia, and stars Lucian Msamati and Adam Gillen.

Imogen Knight is Choreographer and Paul Arditti is Sound Designer. The show will run until the 1st February 2017.

The Telegraph ★★★★★

“a note-perfect production by rising director Michael Longhurst that gives it a fresh, vital and musically inventive new reading, one which fully confirms its classic status.”

“we hear the excerpts of Mozart’s masterpieces in gorgeous splendour” 

“One big sadness of the night – that Shaffer, who died in June, wasn’t able to see his masterpiece in its latest incarnation. I feel sure he’d have approved.” 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/amadeus-national-theatre-note-perfect/

The Independent ★★★★★

“a thrillingly fresh and imaginative revival” 

“The Southbank Sinfonia are integrated into the world of the play to stunning effect” 

“Longhurst has let the air of today into Amadeus in bravura fashion.” 

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/amadeus-review-amadeus-peter-shaffer-michael-longhurst-lucian-msamati-a7383566.html

The Stage ★★★★★ 

“captures the glory of Shaffer’s writing, its wit and agility, its intellectual richness, its impishness. It’s a feast of a play and the cast eats its fill.” 

“This revival, while far from reverential, feels genuinely celebratory. It is at once both vulgar and divine. It makes you appreciate Shaffer’s genius while also reflecting on the nature of genius, the sacred aspect of creativity and the possibility of achieving immortality through art.”

“The Southbank Sinfonia (which also performed at the National in Every Good Boy Deserves Favour) is brilliantly integrated into the world of the play.”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/amadeus-review-at-the-national-theatre/

Timeout ★★★★★

“wonderful.”

“There is much else that is great here, from Imogen Knight’s nifty choreography – particularly in finding weird new places for the orchestra to stand”

“Shaffer, who died this year, was an advocate of something called ‘total theatre’, a mix of acting, mime, music and more – basically chucking everything but the kitchen sink at a play to create an epic, overwhelming, symphonic effect. We get all that here, but more besides” 

http://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/amadeus 

Broadway World ★★★★

“a triumphant return”

“There are modern visual nods, from Krispy Kreme doughnuts and buzzing phones to Mozart sporting Doc Martens with his garish frock coats (great touches by Chloe Lamford), as well as a hedonistic club vibe in Imogen Knight's choreography.”

“pulsating, immediate tragedy” 

“A note-perfect revival.”

http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-AMADEUS-National-Theatre-26-October-2016-20161027

The Guardian ★★★★ 

“Peter Shaffer whose death in June is marked by this revival of his most popular play, once wrote that he hoped Amadeus would “enjoy a vigorous life in many differing productions”. His wish is certainly granted by Michael Longhurst’s production which turns it into an epic piece of music-theatre.”

“it reminds us of Shaffer’s talent for creating memorable theatrical spectacles.”

“a stunning piece of theatre”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/oct/27/amadeus-review-national-michael-longhurst-lucian-msamati-salieri

The Times ★★★★ 

“I left the theatre humming the latter, so beautiful and tragic that you cannot help be moved. Bravo.”

“These 21 musicians are the backbone of this production, scattering and re-forming throughout, like some sort of murmuration of musically gifted starlings.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-amadeus-at-the-olivier-theatre-qh5c56sxz

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“What a homecoming this is. Four months after his death, Peter Shaffer's operatic epic returns to the stage on which it started - and in some style too.” 

“it yanks a masterful play into the present – a new generation let loose on a timeless classic.”

“It's a real crowd-pleaser, Shaffer's play: a masterpiece that makes up its own rules.” 

“Imogen Knight turns the orchestra into a dark, twitchy chorus.”

“At times, it is literally breathtaking. Its visual beauty holds you in suspense, then the music cuts through and the world seems to stop”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/amadeus-national-theatre-mozart_42110.html

Evening Standard ★★★★

“A soaring song of genius and jealousy” 

“Sir Peter Shaffer’s rich and racy play remains an absorbing portrait of the fanatical rivalry between Mozart and Salieri”

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/amadeus-theatre-review-a-soaring-song-of-genius-and-jealousy-a3379946.html

British Theatre Guide

“almost perfect in every regard.” 

“There seems little doubt that Amadeus will be one of the big hits of the autumn and anybody in love with classical music, eccentric characters or a fantastic yarn about jealousy and genius should not miss out.”

http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/amadeus-olivier-theatre-13639

The Arts Desk ★★★★

“Spectacular”

“pulses and shimmers and trills and occasionally roars with the pleasure of great music. At some moments it is almost overwhelming; at other it is quietly moving.” 

“The whole cast and ensemble inject a terrific energy into the big set pieces (parties, operas, concert scenes) that make this a highly memorable evening”

http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/amadeus-national-theatre

The Reviews Hub ★★★★

“we can hear the music for ourselves and the collision of opposing forces is thrilling." 

“profoundly entertaining.” 

http://www.thereviewshub.com/amadeus-national-theatre-london/  

Libby Purves 

“It was time Rufus Norris’ tenure at the national saw one of those landmark, memorable five.star opening nights: two thirds of the audience on their feet calling back a huge ensemble…Now we have that great moment.”

“under director Michael Longhurst, designer Chloe Lamford and (not least)  Imogen Knight’s movement direction,  the play gets everything it needs for perfection and awe.”

“stupendous.”

“It’s wonderful. That the author died this year before he could see this production is painful to think.”

https://theatrecat.com/2016/10/27/amadeus-olivier-se1/

Financial Times ★★★★

“the drama becomes as towering as the music.”

https://www.ft.com/content/a7fb412e-9c3b-11e6-a6e4-8b8e77dd083a

London Theatre.co.uk  ★★★★

“A giddy, stylish and opulent revival of total music theatre at its most exciting.”

https://www.londontheatre.co.uk/reviews/review-of-amadeus-at-the-national-theatre

The Upcoming ★★★★

“what truly makes Amadeus stand apart is the integration of the sublime Southbank Sinfonia on stage” 

http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2016/10/27/amadeus-at-the-national-theatre-theatre-review/

Radio Times

“Amadeus is an epic tale but director Michael Longhurst never lets the action flag and wrings every drop of emotion from Shaffer's dark script. I for one will never listen to Mozart in quite the same way again.” 

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-10-27/amadeus-a-gripping-revival-of-peter-shaffers-dark-and-saucy-play-about-mozart

Gay Times 

“Without doubt, this is a brave and interesting production that certainly packs a punch.”

http://www.gaytimes.co.uk/culture/theatre/52427/review-amadeus-national-theatre/  

Blouinartino

“The production is something of a memorial to playwright Peter Shaffer, who died in June, aged 90. But what a raunchy, spectacular, and amusing a memorial it is.” 

“studded with great lines” 

“a triumph” 

http://ca.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1658231/sex-lies-and-jealousy-in-sublime-amadeus-at-national-theatre

The Hollywood Reporter

“spectacular revival” 

“stylistically bold Amadeus is an imaginative and mostly satisfying grand-scale reboot” 

“applies extra gloss and glitter to Shaffer's tragicomic psychodrama without compromising its sardonic, self-aware wit.”

“sumptuous revival finds some fruitful new connections between form and content.”

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/amadeus-942238

Culture Whisper 

“a bold, boisterous, and masterful production.”

“high drama and symphonic storytelling done at its best.”

“History, legend, scandal, and music make up the components of Shaffer’s prodigious script.”

“It is a searing meditation on genius, rivalry, and what it means to be immortal.”

“Amadeus is not merely a reproduction or a homecoming, but a soaring and spirited revival that is unmissable.”

http://www.culturewhisper.com/r/theatre/national_theatre_amadeus_revival/6557

13 September 2016

Imogen Knight and Paul Arditti open THE EMPEROR at the Young Vic

Imogen Knight and Paul Arditti open THE EMPEROR at the Young Vic

A world premiere based on the astonishing book about Ethiopia's Haile Selassie by Ryszard Kapuściński, Kathryn Hunter creates a mesmerising cast of characters in Colin Teevan’s new adaptation. With choreography by Imogen Knight and Sound Design by Paul Arditti, THE EMPEROR plays until 24th September.

The Arts Desk ★★★★★

“Paul Arditti’s sound, consummate as ever, plays as much a part in this as Zeleke’s outbursts.”

“the triumph is shared by everybody involved, lighting and soundscape designers included.” 

“The physical theatre we’ve come to expect…is spare but telling”

“Don’t miss it.”

http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/emperor-young-vic

Time Out ★★★★ 

“incredibly moving” 

http://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/the-emperor

The Guardian ★★★★

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/sep/09/the-emperor-review-kathryn-hunter-young-vic-haile-selassie

The Stage ★★★★ 

“an intensely human piece of theatre”

“a surprising amount of warmth and humour in Walter Meierjohann’s production”

“an intricate miniature, a rich and intelligent portrait of power, but also of love.”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/the-emperor-review-at-the-young-vic-theatre-london/  

What’s on Stage ★★★★

“this is a tour de force of theatrical story-telling”

“a richly absorbing hour.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/the-emperor-young-vic_41728.html

A Younger Theatre

“a masterwork of physical performance”

“An unsettling, thoughtful theatrical treat.”

http://www.ayoungertheatre.com/review-the-emperor-young-vic/

06 September 2016

Peter Shaffer’s AMADEUS starts rehearsals at The National Theatre

Peter Shaffer’s AMADEUS starts rehearsals at The National Theatre

Shaffer’s iconic play AMADEUS, directed by Michael Longhurst, will now run until 26 January with further dates to be announced. The cast includes Sarah Amankwah, Hammed Animashaun, Geoffrey Beevers, Fleur de Bray, Karla Crome, Tom Edden, Adam Gillen, Matthew Hargreaves, Andrew Macbean, Alexandra Mathie, Lucian Msamati, Eamonn Mulhall, Robyn Allegra Parton, Hugh Sachs, Eleanor Sutton, Wendy Dawn Thompson, and Peter Willcock.

Amadeus is part of the Travelex £15 season with hundreds of seats at £15 for every performance. Amadeus is presented in association with Southbank Sinfonia.

Imogen Knight is Choreographer and Paul Arditti is Sound Designer on the show.

https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/amadeus?gclid=CMHBt6fd-s4CFW4z0wodKFQAUw

11 August 2016

Paul Arditti is Sound Designer on THE GLASS MENAGERIE at Edinburgh International Festival

Paul Arditti is Sound Designer on THE GLASS MENAGERIE at Edinburgh International Festival

John Tiffany’s 2013 Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ play is revived in Edinburgh, playing throughout August.  

What’s On Stage ★★★★★

“a glorious thing”

“create the most vivid, realistic world”

“sheds dazzling new light on a great, great play. Catch it while you can.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/edinburgh-theatre/reviews/the-glass-menagerie-kings-theatre-international-festival_41470.html 

The Stage ★★★★ 

“works that particular magic of taking something familiar and making it grip you anew." 

 “Richly textured and beautifully performed” 

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/glass-menagerie-review-kings-theatre-edinburgh-beautifully-performed/

The Times ★★★★

“The piano music (by Nico Muhly; sound design by Paul Arditti) haunts”

“a special production”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/edinburgh-theatre-the-glass-menagerie-at-the-kings-theatre-b2m995rj9

The Telegraph ★★★★

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/the-glass-menagerie-kings-theatre-edinburgh-review/ 

The Guardian ★★★★ 

“a fine production”

“packed with intense psychological detail” 

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/aug/08/the-glass-menagerie-at-edinburgh-festival-review-tennessee-williams-john-tiffany

Financial Times ★★★★

“terrific production”

https://www.ft.com/content/60d95a88-5edd-11e6-bb77-a121aa8abd95

21 March 2016

Paul Arditti is Sound Designer on IF YOU KISS ME, KISS ME at the Young Vic

Paul Arditti is Sound Designer on IF YOU KISS ME, KISS ME at the Young Vic

Jane Horrocks celebrates the music of her youth with this new theatrical gig/dance show with choreography by Aletta Collins. Playing at the Young Vic until 16th April.

The Telegraph ★★★★

“utterly original, impossibly sleek”

“one of the crispest and kookiest hours of entertainment you’re likely to encounter all year, and oddly elating in the way that only expertly delivered tragedy can be.” 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/jane-horrockss-big-voice-rocks-the-young-vic/ 

The Upcoming ★★★★ 

“an explosive hour.”

“It captivates and invigorates, leaving its audience with a fire and a determination.”

“It is a must-see.”

http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2016/03/17/if-you-kiss-me-kiss-me-at-the-young-vic-theatre-review/ 

A Younger Theatre

“This indefinability is part of the magic of it.” 

“a huge appeal to your senses” 

“breathtaking” 

http://www.ayoungertheatre.com/review-if-you-kiss-me-kiss-me-young-vic/  

04 February 2016

Paul Arditti is Sound Designer on MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM at the National Theatre

Paul Arditti is Sound Designer on MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM at the National Theatre

August Wilson’s powerful play, inspired by the real-life Blues legend, is revived under the direction of Dominic Cooke and runs at the Lyttelton Theatre until the 18th of May.

The Telegraph ★★★★★

“a marvellous revival” 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/ma-raineys-black-bottom-national-theatre-review-revelatory/  

The Arts Desk ★★★★★

“The finest Ma Rainey yet”

“something near-miraculous”

http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/ma-raineys-black-bottom-national-theatre

The Guardian ★★★★

“excellent revival” 

“a play of passion and power”

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/feb/03/ma-raineys-black-bottom-review-august-wilson-national-theatre-electrifying-revival

London Theatre 1 ★★★★ 

“by the end I was still not 100% sure which, if any, of the actors were playing their instruments or synching to pre-recorded music. There were definitely elements of both and Sound Designer Paul Arditti should be congratulated for merging them so well.”

https://www.londontheatre1.com/news/126897/ma-raineys-black-bottom-the-lyttleton-theatre-review/ 

The Stage ★★★★

“This play naturally (and inevitably, given its setting) uses music intricately and intimately to bring those themes and tensions to the fore" 

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/ma-raineys-black-bottom-review-at-the-lyttelton-national-theatre-london-superbly-orchestrated/ 

The Financial Times ★★★★ 

“a pitch-perfect, superbly acted production” 

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/16a7e04a-ca6f-11e5-a8ef-ea66e967dd44.html

The Times ★★★★

“lively, truthful, musical and beautifully performed”

“the recording sessions…are great music and good comedy”

“it engages, it surprises and it stings.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/firstnightreviews/article4681738.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2016_02_03

Evening Standard ★★★★

“More where this came from, please.”

“Wilson’s real focus, gloriously realised in Dominic Cooke’s lively production, is Ma’s four-piece band”

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/ma-rainey-s-black-bottom-theatre-review-vital-drama-woven-from-race-money-and-the-blues-a3171886.html

The Independent ★★★★

“masterly mix of hurt and humour”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/ma-raineys-black-bottom-lyttelton-nt-london-review-revival-does-glowing-justice-to-plays-mix-of-hurt-a6851046.html

What’s On Stage ★★★★

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/ma-raineys-black-bottom-lyttelton-theatre-national_39638.html

A Younger Theatre

“utilise the depth of the Lyttelton to outstanding effect.”

“five-star production”

http://www.ayoungertheatre.com/review-ma-raineys-black-bottom-national-theatre/ 

The Upcoming ★★★★ 

“a triumphant revival.”

http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2016/02/03/ma-raineys-black-bottom-at-the-national-theatre-theatre-review/

London Theatre ★★★★

“spellbinding production”

“both gripping and chastening”

http://www.londontheatre.co.uk/londontheatre/reviews/maraineysblackbottom16.htm

03 February 2016

Tom Piper, Imogen Knight and Paul Arditti open RED VELVET in the West End

Tom Piper, Imogen Knight and Paul Arditti open RED VELVET in the West End

This multi-award winning play, which originally premiered at the Tricycle Theatre before transferring to New York, joins the Kenneth Branagh Garrick Season. Olivier-Award winner Adrian Lester reprises his role as Ira Aldridge, and Indhu Rubasingham Directs. With Design by Tom Piper, Sound Design by Paul Arditti and Movement Direction by Imogen Knight, RED VELVET plays a limited run until the 27th of February.

The Telegraph ★★★★

“informative, entertaining, thought-provoking and beautifully played.”

“Believe the hype.” 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/red-velvet-garrick-theatre-review-highly-recommended/ 

The Guardian ★★★★ 

“gives us fire, fury and grandeur”

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/feb/02/red-velvet-review-adrian-lester-lolita-chakrabarti-garrick-theatre

The Times ★★★★ 

“laugh-out-loud funny.”

“The set, by Tom Piper, with its dark woods and sparse furnishings, is austere but elegant.”

“he got a standing ovation and deserved it.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/stage/theatre/article4680402.ece

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“tinged beautifully with a palpable sense of stage magic”

“eye-wateringly good performance”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/red-velvet-garrick-theatre_39624.html

The Londonist ★★★★

“takes your breath away”

“striking”

https://londonist.com/2016/02/pride-and-prejudice-red-velvet-garrick-theatre-wc2

The Reviews Hub 

“a strikingly beautiful set from Tom Piper” 

http://www.thereviewshub.com/red-velvet-garrick-theatre-london/

The Financial Times ★★★★ 

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/07a2045a-c9a1-11e5-be0b-b7ece4e953a0.html

Radio Times 

“a worthy play doesn’t necessarily mean a great one. This is both: heartbreaking and hilarious by turns.”

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-02-02/this-week-in-the-west-end-adrian-lester-gives-the-performance-of-a-lifetime-in-red-velvet

The Upcoming ★★★★★

http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2016/02/03/red-velvet-at-garrick-theatre-theatre-review/

The Evening Standard ★★★★ 

“a rich psychological study that’s also a shrewd portrait of the theatre as an institution”

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/red-velvet-theatre-review-rich-and-relevant-study-of-black-actor-who-fought-the-system-a3171276.html

05 November 2015

KING CHARLES III opens on Broadway – Sound Design by Paul Arditti

KING CHARLES III opens on Broadway – Sound Design by Paul Arditti

Following a West End run and UK Tour, Rupert Goold’s award winning production of Mike Bartlett’s new history play opens at the Music Box Theatre for a limited run until the end of January.

Huffington Post

“the all-important sound design from Paul Arditti.”

“done exceptionally well.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-suskin/aisle-view-vivat-charles_b_8447450.html

New York Times

“dazzlingly presumptuous drama”

“splendid, high-reaching and utterly unexpected” 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/02/theater/review-in-king-charles-iii-glimpsing-the-near-future-of-monarchy.html?_r=0

Variety

“The suspense is killing.”

“spellbinding performance”

http://variety.com/2015/legit/reviews/king-charles-iii-review-broadway-1201631303/ 

The Guardian ★★★★

“Bartlett’s dark vision of a monarchy no longer content with being quite so ceremonial deserves a long Broadway reign.” 

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/nov/01/king-charles-iii-review-stage-theater-british-royal-family

The Washington Post

“scores one remarkable dramatic coup after another”

“For all involved, the production is a crowning achievement.” 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2015/11/01/the-greatness-of-king-charles-iii/  

Hollywood Reporter

“gut-wrenching tragedy.”

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/tim-pigott-smith-king-charles-835848

Out

“enchanting, evocative score mixes music played on an oboe and English horn with electronic instrumentation, and the cast joins in—singing a haunting Latin hymn in mourning”

“Let it be decreed, only a silly fool would dare miss an audience with King Charles III.”

http://www.out.com/theater-dance/2015/11/03/review-broadways-king-charles-iii-starring-tim-pigott-smith

12 October 2015

Imogen Knight and Paul Arditti open MEASURE FOR MEASURE at the Young Vic

Imogen Knight and Paul Arditti open MEASURE FOR MEASURE at the Young Vic

Joe Hill-Gibbins offers a bold and radical version of Shakespeare’s problem play. With Movement by Imogen Knight, Sound by Paul Arditti, and starring Romola Garaia as Isabella, MEASURE FOR MEASURE plays at the Young Vic until the 14th November. 

The Guardian ★★★★

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/oct/09/measure-for-measure-review-sex-decay-astonishing-romola-garai

The Independent ★★★★

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/measure-for-measure-young-vic-london-review-a-boldly-funny-take-on-shakespeares-masterpiece-a6690766.html

Time Out ★★★★ 

http://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/measure-for-measure-17

A Younger Theatre

http://www.ayoungertheatre.com/review-measure-for-measure-young-vic/ 

The Londonist ★★★★

http://londonist.com/2015/10/extreme-measures-to-fix-measure-for-measure

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