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25 May 2017

Michael John McCarthy is Composer and Sound Designer on GLORY ON EARTH

Michael John McCarthy is Composer and Sound Designer on GLORY ON EARTH

The inaugural show in Rob Hastie’s first season as Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, JULIUS CAESAR has sound designs by Emma Laxton. It runs until 10th June.

 

The Guardian ★★★★

“a thrilling take on an increasingly resonant play”

“firmly contemporary" 

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/may/25/julius-caesar-review-political-thriller-shakespeare-sheffield-crucible

 

The Telegraph ★★★★

“the Shakespeare we need to see" 

“brooding electronic soundtrack is the sound of a storm about to break”

“The final, dystopian-flavoured scenes, as Brutus picks his way through a wrecked debating chamber, to the sound of a distant flapping bird, are flooded with real poignancy.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/poignant-take-shakespeares-political-tragedy-julius-caesar/

 

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“the arresting and almost cinematic use of sound”

“chillingly effective”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/sheffield-theatre/reviews/julius-caesar-crucible-theatre_43673.html

 

The Stage ★★★★

“Impressive debut from Sheffield's new artistic director is a pertinent display of over-reached power”

“powerful statement of artistic intent”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/julius-caesar-review-sheffield-crucible/

 

 
25 May 2017

Emma Laxton is Sound Designer on JULIUS CAESAR

Emma Laxton is Sound Designer on JULIUS CAESAR

The inaugural show in Rob Hastie’s first season as Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, JULIUS CAESAR has sound designs by Emma Laxton. It runs until 10th June.

 

The Guardian ★★★★

“a thrilling take on an increasingly resonant play”

“firmly contemporary” 

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/may/25/julius-caesar-review-political-thriller-shakespeare-sheffield-crucible

  

The Telegraph ★★★★

“the Shakespeare we need to see” 

“brooding electronic soundtrack is the sound of a storm about to break” 

“The final, dystopian-flavoured scenes, as Brutus picks his way through a wrecked debating chamber, to the sound of a distant flapping bird, are flooded with real poignancy." 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/poignant-take-shakespeares-political-tragedy-julius-caesar/

 

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“the arresting and almost cinematic use of sound”

“chillingly effective”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/sheffield-theatre/reviews/julius-caesar-crucible-theatre_43673.html

 

The Stage ★★★★ 

“Impressive debut from Sheffield's new artistic director is a pertinent display of over-reached power”

“powerful statement of artistic intent”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/julius-caesar-review-sheffield-crucible/

 

 
25 May 2017

Candida Caldicot is Musical Director for WOYZECK

Candida Caldicot is Musical Director for WOYZECK

Starring John Boyega, Joe Murphy’s production of Jack’s Thorne’s version of WOYCECK opened last night at the Old Vic Theatre. Candida Caldicot is Musical Diretor. It runs until 24th June.

The Evening Standard ★★★★

“earthy, robust and admirably clear”

“an atmosphere of mounting paranoia”

“This isn’t an easy watch, but it certainly rewards audience effort”

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/woyzeck-theatre-review-john-boyega-gives-a-muscular-committed-performance-a3546841.html

 

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“threatening music”

“The play is unrelentingly nihilistic but in such hands its descent into darkness is completely absorbing”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/woyzeck-old-vic-theatre-john-boyega_43674.html

  

The Stage ★★★★

“essentially a completely new play, and a ferocious one too, that grows exponentially in power as it progresses”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/woyzeck-starring-john-boyega-review-old-vic-boyega-shines/

 

The Arts Desk ★★★★

“coherent and extremely powerful”

“this Woyzeck is powerful and effective”

http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/woyzeck-old-vic-review-john-boyega%E2%80%99s-thrillingly-powerful-triumph

 
22 May 2017

Richard Nelson writes and directs THE GABRIELS

Richard Nelson writes and directs THE GABRIELS

Written and directed by Richard Nelson, THE GABRIELS: ELECTION YEAR IN THE LIFE OF ONE FAMILY is a trilogy of plays comprised of HUNGER, WHAT DID YOU EXPECT? and WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE. It plays at the Attenborough Centre as part of The Brighton Fetsival until May 27.

 

The Guardian ★★★★★ 

“an extraordinary theatrical event in which the personal and the political combine in a way that suggests a contemporary Chekhov.”

“What is it like to be a beleaguered liberal in modern America? No one is currently supplying a better answer than the dramatist Richard Nelson.”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/may/21/the-gabriel-plays-review-richard-nelson-attenborough-centre-brighton

 

The Stage ★★★★★

“after five-and-a-half hours of supremely understated drama, Nelson's characters don't feel like friends, they feel like family.”

“Nelson's clockwork theatre ventures beyond naturalism, into uber-naturalism. He out-Chekhovs Checkhov, and his six-strong cast – he directs as well – are flawless.”

“It's everyday. It's epic. And it's a quietly stunning theatrical achievement.”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/gabriel-trilogy-review-attenborough-theatre-quietly-stunning/

 

WhatsOnStage ★★★★★

“Richard Nelson's triptych of plays about the imaginary Gabriel family feels like a theatrical miracle. With the simplest of ingredients, it conjures an entire world in front of your eyes and fills it with teeming life. It is both utterly truthful and a construct of artifice. I think it is one of the loveliest and most profound things I have ever seen.”

“In the end, a day with the Gabriels is not a depressing thing, however. They are survivors, jumping across the abyss, with love and hope in their hearts. As an audience, the amount you care about them is a tribute to the power of theatre itself. It really is nothing and everything, a story and an entire world. Unforgettable.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/brighton-theatre/reviews/review-the-gabriels-election-year-in-the-life-of-o_43657.html

                                          

The Times ★★★★

“I don’t think I’ll ever forget the sad, funny, political, deeply intelligent and richly human day I spent with the Gabriels.” 

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-review-the-gabriels-at-the-attenborough-centre-brighton-x2bkkcn93

 

 
16 May 2017

Imogen Knight choreographed OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR

Imogen Knight choreographed OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR

Written by Lee Hall and Directed by Vicky Featherstone, OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR hit the West End tonight after runs in Edinburgh, at the National Theatre and a UK Tour.

 

WhatsOnStage ★★★★★

“Imogen Knight's choreography…gleams with care" 

“It's a glorious, rude thing, full of life and hope. Everyone should see it.”

“It is simultaneously the rudest, the most exuberant and the most touching show in the West End.

 

The Arts Desk ★★★★

“Choreographer Imogen Knight wrings cracking comedy out of the juxtaposition between the demure classical pieces and the slouching, swearing, at one point gleefully stripping singers… inventive and uproarious staging”

“Sacred and profane, trivial and profound blissfully combine in this irresistible, Olivier Award-winning tale of choirgirls gone wild.”

 

The Stage ★★★★

“With its thrilling, young all-female ensemble cast and band, and predominantly female creative team, the show is also a celebration of friendship between women, and, as such, challenge to usual West End fare.”

 

The Evening Standard ★★★★

“Chell, Fionnula, Kay, Kylah, Manda and Orla, welcome to the West End. You are exactly what it needs. If anyone is going to draw a fresh audience into the sometimes staid heartland of London theatre it is these fizzingly vivacious, gloriously foul-mouthed and yet angelically tuneful teenagers”

“a production of all-round perfect pitch”

 

Time Out ★★★★

“a sweary, funny, brilliant breath of fresh air.”

“swagger of a production rocks upwards and outwards.”