Peter Rice

Peter Rice Portrait

Agent: Davina Shah
davina@mlrep.com

SOUND DESIGNER

Theatre includes: NUCLEAR WAR (Royal Court); IT’S ALL KICKING OFF, trade, BARBARIANS (Young Vic); OIL (Almeida Theatre); THE DEEP BLUE SEA (National Theatre); THE FRUIT TRILOGY (WYP & Southbank Centre); WEALD (Finborough); FIVE FINGER EXERCISE, THE DUMB WAITER (Print Room); ROMEO AND JULIET (Sheffield Crucible); THE FUNFAIR (HOME, Manchester); NOISES OFF and THE ANCIENT SECRET OF YOUTH AND THE FIVE TIBETANS (Octagon Theatre, Bolton); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, CINDERELLA (Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse); JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (West Yorkshire Playhouse); BLACK COMEDY & MISS JULIE (Chichester Festival Theatre); THE MASQUE OF ANARCHY (Manchester International Festival), THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK, ARABIAN NIGHTS, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, WIND IN THE WILLOWS, RADIO TIMES, TREASURE ISLAND (Watermill Theatre), MANCHESTER SOUNDS – THE MASSACRE MANCHESTER LINES, HARD TIMES(Library Theatre), FIREFACE (Young Vic, JMK Award), FRAGILE (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), WINTERLONG (Royal Exchange Theatre and Soho Theatre) PUNK ROCK (Royal Exchange Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith), ON THE SHORE OF THE WIDE WORLD (Royal Exchange Theatre and National Theatre), LADY IN THE VAN (Hull Truck), JANE BOND, VERY LITTLE WOMEN (Lip Service), STILL TIME (Southwark Playhouse).

Peter was previously Deputy Head of Sound for the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. His productions there, during that time, and since, include: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, SCUTTLERS, HAMLET, THE LAST DAYS OF TROY, BRITTANIA RULES THE WAVES BLINDSIDED, THAT DAY WE SANG, CANNIBALS, ORPHEUS DESCENDING, BLACK ROSES, SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING, BEAUTIFUL THING, AS YOU LIKE IT, A VIEW FROM A BRIDGE, THE LADY FROM THE SEA, PYGMALION, PUNK ROCK, HAUNTED (and UK Tour and New York), THREE SISTERS, GLASS MENAGERIE (and UK Tour), THE CHILDREN’S HOUR, AN IDEAL HUSBAND, THE TEMPEST, STRAW GIRL, ADOPTION PAPERS, WHAT EVERY WOMAN KNOWS, MARY BARTON, CHRISTMAS IS MILES AWAY (and Bush Theatre), KES, THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE, THE SANCTUARY LAMP, YERMA, THE DEAD WAIT, DESIGN FOR LIVING.

As Associate Sound Designer: EMIL AND THE DETECTIVES, THE KITCHEN (National Theatre).

Peter has worked as Senior Sound Technician for the Olivier, National Theatre.

Awards: Manchester Theatre Award for Best Design for HARD TIMES.

He is currently Head of Sound of at the Young Vic.  

16 September 2016

Peter Rice is Sound Designer on A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at the Royal Exchange

Peter Rice is Sound Designer on A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at the Royal Exchange

Sarah Frankcom directs Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer-Prize winning masterpiece with Maxine Peak as Blanche Dubois. Running in Manchester until 15th October.

Guardian ★★★★

“fine production" 

“Peter Rice’s sound design constantly fills the air with throbs, hums and the clang of distant streetcars” 

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/sep/14/a-streetcar-named-desire-review-a-superb-and-tragic-spectacle-michael-billington

The Stage ★★★★

“Magnetic”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/a-streetcar-named-desire-review-at-the-royal-exchange-theatre-manchester/ 

The Times ★★★★

“extraordinary, bruised but bolshie, mesmerising, creating a storm on stage”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-a-streetcar-named-desire-at-the-royal-exchange-theatre-manchester-lp35tfgww

What’s On Stage ★★★★ 

“richly complex”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/manchester-theatre/reviews/streetcar-named-desire-royal-exchange-maxine-peake_41765.html

 
13 June 2016

Peter Rice is Sound Designer on THE DEEP BLUE SEA at the National Theatre.

Peter Rice is Sound Designer on THE DEEP BLUE SEA at the National Theatre.

Carrie Cracknell revives Terrence Rattigan’s post war drama, starring Helen McCroy. The production will play in the Lyttelton until 3rd September.

The Times ★★★★★

“This is what the National can be and should be.” 

“All these years later, it still fascinates.” 

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-review-the-deep-blue-sea-xggzxz7hc

What’s On Stage ★★★★★

“a beautifully atmospheric production”

“Peter Rice lets the dreamy harmonies of The Flamingos' swim through it”

“a feminist reading that proves Rattigan was miles and miles ahead of his time.”

“Essential.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/deep-blue-sea-national-helen-mccrory_40917.html

Time Out ★★★★★ 

“a beautifully judged, exquisitely sad production”

“Peter Rice’s remarkable ambient sound design” 

http://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/the-deep-blue-sea-1

The Financial Times ★★★★ 

“beautiful, revealing staging of Terence Rattigan’s poignant masterpiece”

“throughout this production that woozy, eerie sound effect returns” 

https://next.ft.com/content/30c4398c-2e34-11e6-a18d-a96ab29e3c95

Gay Times ★★★★★

“impressive sound design… incredibly effective”

“a fantastic piece of theatre”

“superb”

https://www.gaytimes.co.uk/culture/39048/review-the-deep-blue-sea-at-londons-national-theatre/

The Stage ★★★★ 

“deeply moving”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/the-deep-blue-sea-review-at-the-lyttelton-national-theatre/  

The Londonist ★★★★★ 

“This is captivating stuff indeed.”

http://www.cityam.com/243010/the-deep-blue-sea-review-terrence-rattigans-evocative-portrayal-of-post-war-britains-uncertain-future

The Telegraph ★★★★ 

“Intoxicating” 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/deep-blue-sea-national-theatre-helen-mccrory-mines-the-depths-of/ 

The Observer ★★★★

“an explosive revival”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/jun/12/deep-blue-sea-helen-mccrory-terence-rattigan-review

 
10 February 2016

Peter Rice is Sound Designer on WEALD at the Finborough Theatre

Peter Rice is Sound Designer on WEALD at the Finborough Theatre

Daniel Foxsmith’s play receives it World Premiere in association with the Royal Exchange Theatre, and supported by BBC Performing Arts Fund Legacy Grant, playing until 27th February. 

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“Judicious use of sound and light, from Peter Rice and Seth Rook Williams respectively, seems to bring horses into the tiny upstairs space.”

“bears witness to a way of life on the way out.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/weald-finborough-theatre_39669.html

London Theatre 1 ★★★★

“observant, thought provoking and emotional”

“well worth going to see”

https://www.londontheatre1.com/news/127102/review-of-weald-at-finborough-theatre-london/  

A Younger Theatre

“seamless and gracefully artistic”

“undertakes the epic task of telling an emotional story involving two guarded men without being sentimental – and succeeds.”

http://www.ayoungertheatre.com/review-weald-finborough-theatre-2/ 

The Stage

“excellent pieces of staging”

“builds to a climax that hints at a rougher, rawer power.”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/weald-review-at-finbrough-theatre-london-too-neat/  

 
26 January 2016

FIVE FINGER EXERCISE opens at the Print Room

FIVE FINGER EXERCISE opens at the Print Room

Jamie Glover directs this stunning London revival of Peter Shaffer’s powerful family drama, with Sound Design by Peter Rice and Movement Direction by Imogen Knight. Playing at the Print Room until the 13th of February.

Financial Times ★★★★

“Jamie Glover’s cracking revival” 

“Glover’s staging is driven by rich, compelling performances” 

“Glover’s production conveys the deep loneliness of all these characters”

“Shaffer tears apart drawing room domesticity with the sort of devastating emotional truths explored by American dramatists such as Miller, Williams, Albee and O’Neill.”

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/109b206a-c0f9-11e5-9fdb-87b8d15baec2.html

The Stage ★★★★

“There’s a lot going on beneath the surface of Peter Shaffer’s 1958 play.”

“a psychologically layered piece of writing” 

“eloquently captures a post-war world on the turn and says much about the complexity of immigrant identity, the tangle of families, and the shifting, intricate relationships that so often exist between children and their parents.” 

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/five-finger-exercise-review-at-the-print-room-at-the-coronet-london-eloquent/ 

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“Shaffer's Five Finger Exercise, first performed in 1958, has all the emotional turmoil of The Deep Blue Sea with a liberal dose of Osborne-style anger. It's very much a play of its time.”

“This was Shaffer's first success, and it's easy to see why. There's an even-handedness in the way he treats each character with sympathy, but he doesn't draw back from exposing the raw pain festering under their supposedly comfortable middle-class existence.”

“Jamie Glover's production is almost note perfect, and the cast are uniformly excellent.”

“This is a richly deserved revival”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/five-finger-exercise-print-room_39572.html

British Theatre.com ★★★★ 

“Director Jamie Glover brings us this excellent revival of Peter Shaffer’s earliest stage success” 

“Walter gives voice to Shaffer’s simple message: ‘You must forgive your parents being average and wrong when you worshipped them once.’ For as long as there are families, this poignant script will resonate with them.” 

“a near perfect restoration”

http://britishtheatre.com/review-five-finger-exercise-the-print-room-at-the-coronet-4stars/ 

The Evening Standard ★★★★

“it’s terrific to see a long-overdue revival of this finely judged 1958 drama, which marked Peter “Amadeus” Shaffer’s first big hit.”

“First-rate.” 

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/five-finger-exercise-theatre-review-firstrate-revival-of-a-family-at-war-a3164011.html 

New York Times

“the most revelatory production of this still-young theatrical year.”

“Jamie Glover, generates a considerable dramatic charge from this slice of theatrical esoterica”

“Mr. Glover then lifts the lid on passions that simply won’t be contained.”

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/01/29/arts/international/review-five-finger-exercise-waste-and-amaluna-take-to-london-stage.html?ref=international&_r=1&referer=

Time Out 

“my god are Shaffer’s characters tricky little things - rich, complex, working with and against each other in endlessly shifting ways.”

“a worthy revival of a clearly stunning play”

http://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/five-finger-exercise

British Theatre Guide

“a highly watchable play with fine performances that reminds us of a world that no longer exists.” 

http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/five-finger-exe-the-print-room-12487

 
07 December 2015

Peter Rice is Sound Designer on BARBARIANS at the Young Vic

Peter Rice is Sound Designer on BARBARIANS at the Young Vic

Liz Stevenson, winner of the JMK Award 2015, directs this trilogy of plays by Barrie Keeffe, which tracks the lives of 3 lads from South London in the 1970s. Running until 19th December

The Stage ★★★★

“Stylised, stripped-back production builds into a blistering indictment of British society” 

“builds to its final scenes like a clenched fist waiting to punch.” 

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2015/barbarians-review-at-the-young-vic-london-stylised-and-stripped-back/ 

The Guardian ★★★★

“could barely seem more urgent”

“bring out its gallows humour as well as its bleakness.” 

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/dec/04/barbarians-review-young-vic-london-barrie-keeffe-liz-stevenson

Time Out ★★★★

“deliciously grim” 

“leading to a dark, brutal conclusion that sucks the breath from your lungs.”

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

A Younger Theatre

“The play is intense, loud and packs a punch”

http://www.ayoungertheatre.com/review-barbarians-young-vic/  

 
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