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29 May 2018

PETER PAN, a production that “really soars”

Read More On: Candida Caldicot

PETER PAN, a production that “really soars”

Returning to the lush surroundings of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre three years after it’s Olivier-nominated run in 2015, PETER PAN is given an adaptation that is grounded in both innocence and experience. With Musical Supervision and Direction by Candida Caldicot.

The Telegraph ★★★★★

“There’s not a dud performance as the production, utilising nursery songs and wartime standards alike, soldiers gamely onwards on two fronts, answering the need for an endorphin-rush of invention and swashbuckling zest alongside the tingle-factor of bubbling sadness and grief.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/peter-pan-review-open-air-theatre-regents-park-return-production/

The Stage ★★★★★

“This production stretches the film that separates childhood and adulthood so thin you can see through it from both sides… In its questioning of ideas of chivalry, courage, motherhood, the production becomes an extraordinary celebration of the virtues of being a child.”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2018/peter-pan-review-open-air-theatre-london/

Broadway World ★★★★★

“This is a beautiful and poignant production that captivates its audience from start to finish.”

https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-PETER-PAN-Regents-Park-Open-Air-Theatre-20180525

The Arts Desk ★★★★

“The Darling household is reduced here to a dignified Edwardian figure who seems to represent Mrs Darling. The singer Rebecca Thorn threads through the action, expressing emotion  very movingly  in music, often songs from the Great War.”

https://theartsdesk.com/theatre/peter-pan-regents-park-open-air-theatre-review-ensemble-playing-its-best

Time Out ★★★★

The Reviews Hub ★★★★

 
16 May 2018

★★★★★ for RANDOM/GENERATIONS at Chichester Festival Theatre

Read More On: Joshua Drualus PharoEmma Laxton

★★★★★ for RANDOM/GENERATIONS at Chichester Festival Theatre

This revival of Debbie Tucker Green’s double bill of shorts portrays three generations of South African family onstage, exploring the unbearable sense of loss felt by a family faced with a catastrophic and random act. With Sound Design by Emma Laxton and Lighting Design by Joshua Pharo, now showing at the Chichester Festival Theatre

The Stage ★★★★★

“Green’s skill isn’t just in the stylised patterning of the language and the stuff unsaid. As Genesis Future Directors award-winner Tinuke Craig well understands, Green’s power to make you feel loss resides in her ability to write the joyous spontaneity of life.”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2018/random-generations-review-minerva-theatre-chichester/ 

WhatsonStage★★★★★

“Beautifully played and set amidst stylised bright colours and stark lighting by Alex Lowde and Joshua Drualus Pharo, this is a pitch-perfect evening of work, crushingly depressing in its import but uplifting and compassionate in its execution.”

https://www.whatsonstage.com/chichester-theatre/reviews/random-generations-debbie-tucker-green_46542.html

The Guardian ★★★★

“This vivid, sorrowful, and often surprisingly comic evening offers the stage as a site of memorial, a place to remember and to deal with the trauma of grief. Memory is both a comfort and an agony. In Generations, the grandparents who have buried their children and grandchildren remain locked in a single memory of a joyful day of family banter and jokiness that took place around the kitchen stove where a spicy stew endlessly bubbled.”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/may/13/random-generations-review-debbie-tucker-green

The Times ★★★★

It’s hard to evoke an absence on stage: to make an audience feel, deeply, what is no longer there. The playwright Debbie Tucker Green does it two times over here, in the director Tinuke Craig’s outstanding revival of two of her short plays.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-review-random-generations-at-the-minerva-chichester-9hcz0p7f5

 

 
04 May 2018

Frances Poet’s GUT premieres at the Traverse Theatre

Read More On: Frances PoetFred MellerMichael John McCarthy

Frances Poet’s GUT premieres at the Traverse Theatre

In her debut full-length premiere, GUT by Frances Poet opens at the Traverse Theatre, Scotland, to four-star reviews. This production features Design by Fred Meller and Music/Sound Design by Michael John McCarthy.

The Scotsman ★★★★

“the power of Frances Poet’s brilliant and intense new play lies in the ruthless honesty with which she lays bare the inner workings of our “age of fear”.”

“flawless – gripping, perfectly-structured, beautifully staged, and designed to ask fierce and vital questions”

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/theatre/theatre-review-gut-1-4731544

The Herald ★★★★

“Poet’s play is troublingly in tune with a current wave of TV drama that picks at the psychological sores of a post-Yewtree climate”

“the ice-cool order of designer Fred Meller’s living room [is] noisily upended into chaos”

http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/16182605.Theatre_review__Gut__Traverse__Edinburgh__Four_stars/

The Reviews Hub ★★★★

“Poet’s writing is cogent at stripping back the thin line between paranoid fear and trust.”

“A swing, arching back and forth across the stage reflect the child at the centre of this, but more so the tense emotions around him… Torrents of toys fall from the sky, shrieking the paranoid delusions of Maddy, all adding to the mise-en-scene sublimely.”

https://www.thereviewshub.com/gut-traverse-theatre-edinburgh/

The Wee Review ★★★★

“This is Frances Poet‘s debut full-length play, yet her rich arts and theatre background shines through in the tightness of the script and the tying up of loose ends at the end.”

“Gut is a piece of great storytelling”

http://theweereview.com/review/gut/

 
01 May 2018

★★★★★ for NINE NIGHT at the NT

Read More On: Roy Alexander WeisePaule Constable

★★★★★ for NINE NIGHT at the NT

This new play in which the West Indies tradition of a nine-night mourning period is brought to life upon the Dorfman stage, is directed by Roy Alexander Weise in his NT directing debut, with Lighting Design by Paule Constable.

Evening Standard ★★★★★

“Gloria’s three children are vividly realised in Roy Alexander Weise’s brisk production… an eloquent vision of what it means to be haunted by the past”

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/theatre/nine-night-review-remarkable-debut-captures-the-humour-of-everyday-life-a3827776.html

The Stage ★★★★★

“Roy Alexander Weise delivers with a skill that belies the fact that it is his National Theatre debut. Through his direction he creates with the cast perfect undulations of comedy and heartache.”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2018/nine-night-review-national-theatre-london/

The Independent ★★★★

raw, primal emotions are offset (without being undercut) by the mischievous comedy that bubbles through the script and Roy Alexander Weise's beautifully judged production.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/nine-night-review-national-theatre-natasha-gordon-windrush-cecilia-noble-a8330586.html

Broadway World ★★★★

“Roy Alexander Weise's direction is sharp and snappy”

“Paule Constable's lighting design gives the set extra character, ranging from atmospheric candlelit vigils to the cold light of day.”

https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-NINE-NIGHT-National-Theatre-20180430

Time Out ★★★★

“knife-edge power of a final scene where Maggie, guardian of traditions, becomes possessed by departing spirits”

https://www.timeout.com/london/theatre/nine-night-review

The Upcoming ★★★★

LondonTheatre.co.uk ★★★★

Daily Mail ★★★★

 
19 April 2018

TINA proves to be ‘simply the best’ at the Aldwych Theatre

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TINA proves to be ‘simply the best’ at the Aldwych Theatre

This new bio-musical based on the life and career of Tina Turner opened in the West End on Tuesday evening. It features 23 of her most iconic songs, and MLR’s Nicholas Skilbeck provides musical supervision, arrangements and additional music to the production. 

The Telegraph ★★★★★

“slickly choreographed, beautifully designed and roof-raisingly well-sung”

“this jukebox musical boxes clever… We Don’t Need Another Hero comes to carry a raw emotional charge”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/tina-musical-aldwych-review-joyful-lungs-bursting-show-simply/

The Guardian ★★★★

“a heady celebration of triumph over adversity and a whirlwind performance by Adrienne Warren that left the audience breathless.”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/apr/17/tina-review-turner-musical-aldwych-theatre-london

The Independent ★★★★

“The songs are used beautifully, whether to drive the plot forward or drench it in mood – or both.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/tina-turner-musical-review-aldwych-adrienne-warren-phyllida-lloyd-tickets-a8310136.html

The Stage ★★★★

It’s irresistible. Everything is just so perfect and glossy”

“[Adrienne Warren] has the slight rasp at the edge of her voice, which can draw down into quietness and tenderness or open wide into pure, belting power. [She] provides so many spine-tingling moments”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2018/tina-turner-musical-review-aldwych-theatre-london/

The Times ★★★★

“heart and soul, as well as more than a bit of rock’n’roll.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-tina-the-tina-turner-musical-aldwych-theatre-wc2-f0fnzvbsx