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16 November 2017

MISS JULIE opens at Jermyn Street Theatre

Read More On: Tom Littler

MISS JULIE opens at Jermyn Street Theatre

MISS JULIE, in a new version by Howard Brenton, opened on the 15th November at Jermyn Street Theatre, having previously opened at Theatre By The Lake this summer. It is directed by MLR’s Tom Littler, who is also the Artistic Director of Jermyn Street.

The Evening Standard ★★★★★

“many delights of Tom Littler’s production”

“An unexpected treat of the highest order.”

https://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/miss-julie-theatre-review-razorsharp-strindberg-is-an-unexpected-delight-a3692431.html

The Guardian ★★★★

“a very classy production by Tom Littler”

“this is Strindberg played with absolute fidelity”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/nov/16/miss-julie-review-jermyn-street-theatre-london-howard-brenton-strindberg

The Observer ★★★★

“Miss Julie remains riveting. Tom Littler’s production of this new text by playwright Howard Brenton shows why.”

“the play as real and sensational now as ever and as socially and politically pertinent.”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/jul/09/miss-julie-howard-brenton-theatre-by-the-lake-review

The Times ★★★★

“an absorbing production”

“There is a confidence about this production right from the start…tension starts to build from the very first sizzle”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-review-miss-julie-at-jermyn-street-sw1-9t3vrdmnh 

The Stage ★★★★

“Littler’s direction keeps the focus tight for this intense, and at times visceral, drama, whilst allowing his leads some flirtatious lightness”

“Intense, visceral and powerfully performed”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/miss-julie-review-theatre-lake/

 

 

 
14 November 2017

THE LAST TESTAMENT OF LILLIAN BILOCCA

Read More On: Imogen KnightAmanda StoodleyLiz Ascroft

THE LAST TESTAMENT OF LILLIAN BILOCCA

THE LAST TESTAMENT OF LILLIAN BILOCCA is Co-directed (along with Sarah Frankcom) and Choreographed by Imogen Knight, is Designed by Amanda Stoodley and Liz Ascroft is the Associate Designer.

The Times ★★★★

“Exquisitely choreographed by Imogen Knight…hypnotically dreamlike”

“startlingly potent. Pungent with the tang of saltwater and tears, it’s big-hearted and simply beautiful.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-review-the-last-testament-of-lillian-bilocca-at-the-guildhall-hull-69ztrw5k9

The Guardian ★★★★

“What’s most interesting is the way the work reclaims the Guildhall”

“exhilarating and moving, a show made for and with the people of Hull”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/nov/10/the-last-testament-of-lillian-bilocca-review-maxine-peake-salutes-hulls-wonder-women

The Stage ★★★★

“Sarah Frankcom and Imogen Knight's production makes ingenious use of the whole building”

“A dimly lit, wood-panelled corridor seems to become the dank hull of a ship”

“It’s impossible not to be drawn in”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/last-testament-lillian-bilocca-review-guildhall-hull/

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“without doubt a major achievement”

“The production by Sarah Frankcom and Imogen Knight takes every advantage of a wonderful site”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/hull-theatre/reviews/last-testament-lillian-bilocca-maxine-peake_45106.html

 

 

 
02 November 2017

NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL opens at Birmingham Rep

Read More On: David Woodhead

NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL opens at Birmingham Rep

NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL, based on the hit film, is written and directed by Debbie Isitt. It opened at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on November 1st and tours the country this Christmas season. It has Set and Costumes by MLR’s David Woodhead.

 WhatsOnStage ★★★★★

“David Woodhead's sets and costumes are bright, imaginative and full of sparkle.”

“brilliant sets and lots of cheer and good will.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/birmingham-theatre/reviews/nativity-musical-birmingham-repertory_45030.html?cid=homepage_news 

The Times ★★★★

“The set, by David Woodhead, is tinsel-tastic, versatile and fun.”

“This show has, as one of its best songs says, sparkle and shine.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-review-nativity-the-musical-at-the-birmingham-repertory-theatre-pl7l2nnqh 

The Telegraph

“There are lavish sets studded with flashing stars. Giant gift-parcels. OTT costumes that wouldn’t disgrace a Broadway musical.”

“Short of hauling on a reindeer and unleashing a mass of pyrotechnics, I’m not sure what else… could glitz up proceedings further.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/hefty-charming-feelgood-bonanza-nativity-musical-birmingham/

 
30 October 2017

ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS opens at Shakespeare's Globe

Read More On: Simon BakerSimon HaleNigel Lilley

ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS opens at Shakespeare's Globe

ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS, with Music by Michael Kooman, Lyrics by Christopher Dimond and Book/Direction by Emma Rice, is on at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse until January. 

It has Musical Supervision by Nigel Lilley, Orchestrations by Simon Hale and Sound Design by Simon Baker.

Broadway World ★★★★★

“polished perfection”

“you really will leave the theatre "dancing on air" and beaming from ear to ear”

https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-ROMANTICS-ANONYMOUS-Sam-Wanamaker-Playhouse-20171027 

The Telegraph ★★★★

“a lush, piping delight to the ear”

“champions mould-breaking fearlessness”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/romantics-anonymous-emma-rice-champions-mould-breaking-fearlessness/

The Times ★★★★

“the Gallic songs played on acoustic instruments cast too strong a spell”

“an electric au revoir”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/times2/theatre-review-romantics-anonymous-at-the-sam-wanamaker-playhouse-se1-5qqtx886m

TimeOut ★★★★

“The musical proves the ideal medium for the unspeakably shy: whimsical piano and woodwind-led songs give voice to the characters’ churning inner turmoil”

“something truly delicious”

https://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/romantics-anonymous-review

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

“A sweet treat of a new musical, wrapped in fun and fancy, and bound up with a ribbon of magic.”

“The acoustics are nigh-on perfect”

“the warmth and intimate nature of the songs are perfect for the romantic Sam Wanamaker Playhouse”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/romantics-anonymous-shakespeares-globe_44998.html?cid=homepage_news

The Stage ★★★★

“utterly gorgeous”

“It melts your heart and tickles your fancy, leaving you giddy with laughter, tearful and elated.”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/romantics-anonymous-review-sam-wanamaker-playhouse-london-irresistible-treat/

The Independent ★★★★

"an attractive Gallic whimsy to...the undulating score (played by a spot-on four-piece band)"

"a gracious, big-hearted swansong – an intimate, delectably joyous mix of the silly and the stirring"

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/romantics-anonymous-sam-wanamaker-playhouse-review-emma-rice-a8027771.html

The Guardian ★★★★

"a multifaceted gem, chock-full of love, generosity and joy, and it fits the space like a glove"

"funny and heartbreakingly sad"

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/oct/31/romantics-anonymous-review-sam-wanamaker-playhouse

The Financial Times ★★★★

"a delicate treat: tender and mischievous with darker undertones"

"rippling, witty Gallic-inflected score"

https://www.ft.com/content/fd7b95f2-bd5c-11e7-9836-b25f8adaa111?mhq5j=e7

 

 
13 October 2017

BEGINNING opens at the National Theatre

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BEGINNING opens at the National Theatre

BEGINNING is written by David Eldridge and directed by Polly Findlay, and has Sound Designs by MLR's Paul Arditti. 

The Telegraph ★★★★★

"One of the funniest, touching, most excruciating plays of seduction"

"It’s a beaut, end of."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/one-funniest-touching-excruciating-plays-seduction-beginning/

Evening Standard ★★★★★

“the autumn’s must-see hit”

“the tentative (anti) romance for 21st century London life and it is, quite simply, magnificent.”

https://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/beginning-theatre-review-magnificent-twohander-about-loneliness-of-metropolitan-living-a3657591.html

WhatsOnStage ★★★★★

“honest, funny and good-hearted”

“incredibly funny but sometimes so truthful…almost too painful to watch”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/beginning-dorfman-national-theatre-troughton_44870.html

The Guardian ★★★★

"movingly reminds us that, even in the age of social media and internet dating, forging a connection with other people remains as problematic as ever"

"a play that leaves you caring deeply about its characters and which adds unusual poignancy to the dating game"

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/oct/13/beginning-review-national-theatre-dorfman-david-eldridge

The Stage ★★★★

“Though often very funny, the play is strung with emotional tripwires – lines that send you sprawling”

“Tender, funny and resonant”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/beginning-review-national-theatre-london/

 

Broadway World ★★★★

“A gentle gem of a play”

“hilarious and quietly heart-breaking”

https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-BEGINNING-National-Theatre-20171013