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20 March 2017

Tom Piper is Designer on HAY FEVER at the Edinburgh Lyceum

Tom Piper is Designer on HAY FEVER at the Edinburgh Lyceum

Dominic Hill directs Noël Coward's comedy, playing in Edinburgh until the 1st April before moving to the Citizen's Theatre in Glasgow. 

Edinburgh Guide ★★★★ 

“the set for this production from Tom Piper is of lugubrious brown with utterly authentic looking furniture that’s lit with a 30 watt feel of the time. The attention to detail results in a faithful period rendition not least in the utterly gorgeous and immaculately created costumes that are the sartorial icing on that cake.” 

http://www.edinburghguide.com/reviews/theatre/hayfeverlyceumtheatrereview-17831

The Times ★★★★

“Tom Piper’s set design provides just enough detail to convey the comfortably moth-eaten atmosphere of the Bliss residence.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-hay-fever-at-the-royal-lyceum-edinburgh-3mq7pbjjj

The Edinburgh Reporter ★★★★

http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2017/03/theatre-review-hay-fever-at-the-lyceum/ 

The Stage

“comic splendour”

“crisp production”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/hay-fever-review-lyceum-theatre-edinburgh-light-froth/ 

The Herald Scotland ★★★★ 

“Tom Piper's exquisitely exposed set”

http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/15158030.__39_The_most_human_of_comedies___39__Review__Hay_Fever__Royal_Lyceum_Theatre__Edinburgh/ 

Edinburgh News ★★★★ 

“amid the deconstructed grandeur of Tom Piper’s skeletal Bliss family home” 

“certainly a staging not be sneezed at.”

http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/entertainment/review-hay-fever-1-4392906

 
17 March 2017

Tim Jackson is Choreographer on STEPPING OUT in the West End

Tim Jackson is Choreographer on STEPPING OUT in the West End

Maria Friedman directs Richard Harris’ 1908s musical, starring Amanda Holden and playing at the Vaudeville Theatre until 17th June.

London Theatre 1 ★★★★★ 

“a truly delicious slice of comedy writing.”

“keeping us engaged and hooked from the modest church hall beginnings to the toe-tapping, sparkling finale.” 

“brilliant, feel-good choreography from Tim Jackson. Stepping Out is really not to be missed – step on up to the Vaudeville to catch this sparkling gem of a show.”

https://www.londontheatre1.com/news/169020/stepping-out-vaudeville-theatre-review/

Telegraph ★★★★

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/amanda-holden-wittily-struts-stuff-stepping-vaudeville-review/ 

Broadway World ★★★★

“spot-on, witty choreography from Tim Jackson” 

“this Calendar Girls-meets-Chorus Line piece is inarguably successful as toe-tapping, big-hearted entertainment, and should join Strictly in getting Britain's dance classes packed out.”

http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-STEPPING-OUT-Vaudeville-Theatre-20170314#

 
14 March 2017

Hayley Grindle and Joshua Carr open ROMEO AND JULIET at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Hayley Grindle and Joshua Carr open ROMEO AND JULIET at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Shakespeare’s classic tragedy is given a vibrant new staging in Amy Leach’s production, designed by Hayley Grindle with lighting by Joshua Carr. Running in Leeds until the 25th March.

The Guardian ★★★★ 

“It’s notable how, as the action progresses, the pillars and flyovers of Hayley Grindle’s set accrue the increasingly familiar sight of cellophane-wrapped flowers signifying pointless, premature deaths.”

“a hot and hormonal Romeo and Juliet”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/mar/11/romeo-and-juliet-review-west-yorkshire-playhouse-leeds

The Stage ★★★★

“A thrilling, intelligent and intense vision of youth destroyed by hatred” 

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/romeo-juliet-review-west-yorkshire-playhouse-leeds/  

The Arts Desk ★★★★

“Hayley Grindle’s spare set, all concrete walkways and harsh sunlight proves infinitely adaptable”

“an involving, energetic update which takes risks and largely succeeds”

http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/romeo-and-juliet-west-yorkshire-playhouse

The Reviews Hub ★★★★ 

“supported by Hayley Grindle’s urban staging with contrast lighting by Joshua Carr.”

“excellent production”

“creative and imaginative adaptation” 

http://www.thereviewshub.com/romeo-and-juliet-west-yorkshire-playhouse-leeds/  

 
13 March 2017

Michael Taylor is Designer on WHAT THE BUTLER SAW at Leicester Curve

Michael Taylor is Designer on WHAT THE BUTLER SAW at Leicester Curve

Artistic Director Nikolai Foster stages Joe Orton’s final play, playing until the 18th March.

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“imagery like this is powerful, made all the more vivid by Michael Taylor's expert design - a white room, circular in shape with shafts of daylight reminding us there is an outside world”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/leicester-theatre/reviews/what-the-butler-saw-curve-rufus-hound_43078.html

The Stage ★★★★           

“magnificently realised in Michael Taylor’s circular set design”

“Nikolai Foster’s production never loses its footing – and the audience curls up with glee.” 

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/butler-saw-review-curve-leicester/  

Leicester Mercury

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/review-what-the-butler-saw-at-the-curve-in-leicester/story-30191392-detail/story.html

The Times

“Michael Taylor’s gleaming white circular set is so good it makes you gasp.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-what-the-butler-saw-at-the-curve-leicester-kb7lxdv0f

 
13 March 2017

Stephen Plaice is librettist on THE TALE OF JANUARIE at Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Stephen Plaice is librettist on THE TALE OF JANUARIE at Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Composer Julian Philips and librettist Stephen Plaice’s new Opera is based on Chaucer’s The Merchant’s Tale and is written in Middle English.

The Guardian ★★★★ 

“one of the fruitier Canterbury Tales already, made more so by Plaice and director Martin Lloyd-Evans’s Carry-On-Up-the-Tabard approach.”

“a lot more fun than the description sounds”

“a well-made take on The Merchant’s Tale that’s even fruitier than the original”

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/feb/28/the-tale-of-januarie-review-chaucer-philips-plaice-guildhall-school-music-drama

Financial Times ★★★★ 

“Stephen Plaice, had been open about his desire to do justice to the writer’s bawdiness….In fact, he has surpassed it.”

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/feb/28/the-tale-of-januarie-review-chaucer-philips-plaice-guildhall-school-music-drama 

The Express ★★★★

http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/theatre/774695/Opera-reviews-The-Winters-Tale-The-Tale-of-Januarie

Planet Hugill ★★★★

“uses Chaucer's own language to fascinating effect”

“Within this basic framework, Philips and Plaice have woven a great many strands. 

“a fascinating piece”

http://www.planethugill.com/2017/02/chaucerian-richness-julian-philips-tale.html