The Play That Goes Wrong Review

The Alexandra, Birmingham – until Sat 21 May 2022

Reviewed by Amarjeet Singh


The fictional Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society with its illustrious president, Chris Bean, brings us an immersive and interactive night of thrills and mayhem in The Play That Goes Wrong. There has been a Murder at Haversham Manor’ and we are invited to watch the mystery, and its players, unravel until the dastardly murderer is revealed.

The Play That Goes Wrong is a theatrical masterpiece. It’s a rip roaring, farcical, far-fetched, comedy of errors, which leaves you breathless from constantly laughing. There is so much care and thought put into the humour, the setup, delivery and the punch line of jokes. The performance is peppered with both physical and verbal comedy, with meticulous attention to detail being paid to the narrative to ensure its not a messy jumble.

I could go into more detail about what happens in the play, but part of the joy is the unexpected occurrences. You don’t quite know what’s going to happen next and you are consistently caught off guard by relentless fun. You really have to experience it to get the full effect.

The premise of The Play That Goes Wrong is simple: Take all the usual theatrical mishaps to the extreme. I was astounded by the boundless energy of the cast and outlandish caricatured yet minutely detailed comedy performances they deliver. A genius script, superb timing from a stellar cast and a stunning set combine to make this the best theatrical comedy show I have ever seen.

It takes a lot to make something go wrong so effortlessly whilst also being hilariously funny too. The Play That Goes Wrong is every kind of right, a must see by all.




With the return of Salisbury International Arts Festival imminent, Artistic Director of Wiltshire Creative Gareth Machin today announces the line up the company’s Autumn/Winter season.

As well as the previously announced co-production with Mercury Theatre Colchester, in collaboration with Mischief, of the world première of Good Luck, Studio, written by Henry Shields and directed by Henry Lewis, the company today announce the return of their annual pantomime, with a new production of Cinderella, directed by Machin.

Highlights of the visiting programme include When Darkness Falls by James Milton and Paul MorrisseySPIKE by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman; the critically acclaimed The Wellspring

written and starring father and son David Owen Norris and Barney Norris; as well as the Sheffield Theatres and Ramps on the Moon production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. IN addition, the varied programme includes special one night events, including Jenny Eclair: Sixty (FFS) on 17 September; Ed Gamble: Electric on 24 September; and next year on 20 January, Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously.

Gareth Machin said today, I am delighted to announce our Autumn season, a vibrant mix of our own productions, visiting shows and one-night special events. The Mischief production ‘Good Luck, Studio’ will be premiering at Salisbury Playhouse in October and we are particularly excited to announce that Cinderella will finally be going to the ball as we bring pantomime and festive spirit back to Salisbury this Christmas!

Members priority booking now open, with general booking opening at 10am on 24 May.


Wiltshire Creative and Mercury present the world première of the Mischief production

By arrangement with Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd


Written by Henry Shields; Directed by Henry Lewis

Salisbury Playhouse, Main House

18 October – 5 November 2022

Wiltshire Creative and Mercury Theatre announce the world première of Good Luck, Studio, in collaboration with Mischief. This dark new comedy is written by Henry Shields and directed by Henry Lewis, with cast and creative team to be announced. The production opens on 5 October at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, with previews from 30 September, before the run at Salisbury Playhouse from 18 October – 5 November.

It’s the final night of recording Wibble the Dragon. The show is massively over budget and under written. With one hour left to film, 16 pages to go, and an audience of screaming children getting more and more impatient, the cast and crew know big cuddly heads are going to roll. 

The last thing anyone needs is a failed actor showing up with a sinister vendetta and his own dragon costume. In this kid’s TV show, more than just careers will die.

Good Luck, Studio is a new dark comedy from the award-winning Mischief, written by Henry Shields and directed by Henry Lewis and with access performances available across both venues.

A Wiltshire Creative production


by Plested, Brown & Wilsher

Director: Gareth Machin; Designer: James Button; Lighting Designer: Nic Farman

Casting Director: Natalie Gallacher CDG for Pippa Ailion Casting

Salisbury Playhouse, Main House

26 November 2022 – Sunday 8 January 2023

Pantomime is back in Salisbury with a spectacular production of the greatest panto story of all,


Building on the fabulous productions of recent years, this year’s show will be packed with songs, adventure, laughs, dancing and plenty of opportunity to join in the fun. This rags to riches tale will be a festive treat for all the family.

Gareth Machin is the Artistic Director of Wiltshire Creative. Previously, he was studio associate at the National Theatre, artistic director of Southwark Playhouse and associate director at Bristol Old Vic. For the company, his work includes Snow White and the Happy Ever After Beauty SalonSeptember in the RainMaking Massinger, Robin Hood, Her Naked Skin, Moonfleet, Little Robin Redbreast, Worst Wedding Ever, The Night Before Christmas, A Little of What You Fancy, Hedda Gabler, Can’t Buy Me Love, The Magna Carta Plays, Little Shop of Horrors, Separate Tables, Bedroom Farce, London Calling, The Recruiting Officer, A Man of No Importance, Dangerous Corner, The Spire and Epsom Downs. His other directing credits include Fanta Orange (Finborough Theatre), Three More Sleepless Nights (National Theatre), The Canterville Ghost, Gaffer!, The Canterbury Tales, The ChimesThe Archbishop’s Ceiling (Southwark Playhouse), The Real Thing (Royal Theatre, Northampton), Macbeth (Creation Theatre), The Wizard of Oz (Hall for Cornwall), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Look Back in Anger, Betrayal, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, The Beggar’s Opera, Molly Sweeney, Up the Feeder Down the ‘Mouth and Back Again, Sea Life, Croak Croak Croak, A Tender Prayer, Anatomy of a Madman, Bitter With a Twist, Krapp’s Last Tape and Spring Awakening (Bristol Old Vic). As a playwright, his work includes The Tailor of Gloucester, Moonfleet, Little Robin Redbreast, The Night Before Christmas (Salisbury Playhouse), Pinocchio, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom Thumb and Other Giant Stories and The Canterbury Tales (Dukes Playhouse, Lancaster).


Paul Morrissey Ltd, Christopher Wheeler and Molly Morris in association with The BARD,

Jason Haigh-Ellery and Glynis Henderson Productions present


by James Milton & Paul Morrissey

Director: Paul Morrissey; Set Designer: Justin Williams; Lighting Designer: Bethany Gupwell

Sound Designer: Daniel Higgott; Magic Consultant: John Bulleid; Costume Designer: Nicole Garbett Casting: Jim Arnold Casting

Salisbury Playhouse, Main House

27 September – 1 October

On a stormy night on the small island of Guernsey, a young paranormal expert joins a sceptical history teacher to record the first in a series of podcasts based on the island’s incredible folklore and paranormal history. As the expert regales his horrifying stories, the teacher learns that we all have our own truth. Our own story. Ghosts that haunt us. That bring the past, present, and future together in unexpected ways. Ways that could threaten to unsettle everything we think we know.

Inspired by true events, this powerful new production by James Milton and Paul Morrissey

draws us into dark pasts, reveals disturbing truths and explores the power of stories. Perhaps most

importantly, the ones we tell ourselves.

Karl Sydow, Trademark Films and Anthology Theatre present the Watermill Theatre production of SPIKE

by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

Salisbury Playhouse, Main House

4 – 8 October

“I’m not acting crazy. I’m the genuine article.”

SPIKE is an absurdly funny new play by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman (The Wipers Times, Trial By Laughter, A Bunch of Amateurs) that delves into the inner workings of one of our most unique and brilliantly irreverent comedy minds.

The cast includes Olivier Award-winning actor John Dagleish (Sunny Afternoon) as ‘Spike Milligan’ with Stephen Fry as the voice of the ‘BBC Announcer’.

Extracts from The Goons used with the kind permission of Spike Milligan Productions.

Royal & Derngate, Northampton present


Written and starring David Owen Norris & Barney Norris

Director: Jude Christian; Designer: Rosie Elnile; Lighting Designer: Jack Weir

Video Designer: Megan Lucas; Co-Designer: Tomas Palmer

Salisbury Playhouse, Main House

12 – 15 October

A deeply autobiographical work from awardwinning playwright Barney Norris (The Remains of the Day) and his father, internationally acclaimed pianist and broadcaster David Owen NorrisThe Wellspring examines that age-old story of a boy and his dad, and how they can relate to one another, in every sense of the word.

The Wellspring takes us inside the complex and shifting dynamic between this father and son, exploring the people and stories that shape us.

Their performances will be accompanied by both folk and classical music performed by David and

Barney, creating a scrapbook style collage of the pair’s lives together.

A Sheffield Theatres and Ramps on the Moon production


by William Shakespeare

Director: Robert Hastie

Salisbury Playhouse, Main House

8 – 12 November

‘I do love nothing in the world so well as you. Is not that strange?’

Besotted young couple Claudio and Hero have fallen fast and are quickly engaged. Not everyone

finds romance so straightforward – Benedick balks at the very thought of it and Beatrice agrees

with him, on that if nothing else. But somewhere in this world, there’s someone for everyone, even

if they’re right under your nose.

Shakespeare’s raucous comedy is adapted and directed by Robert Hastie (Coriolanus, A

Midsummer Night’s Dream). Every performance features the use of integrated creative sign

language, audio description and captioning.

Ramps On The Moon is the pioneering initiative committed to putting D/deaf and disabled artists

and audiences at the centre of their work.

All performances feature the use of integrated creative sign language, audio description and




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Canal Café Theatre – until 17th May 2022

Reviewed by Heather Chalkley


Writers and producers, Kit Lloyd and Hamish Clayton have bravely attempted to mix it up, crossing genres of comedy and theatre in a unique one person show. They have achieved the difficult task of creating a comedy performance that touches on the vulnerability of every performer. The stories within a story within a story are thought provoking without being confusing – no mean feat.

Kit Lloyd (Joe Hayward) brings a physicality to the stage reminiscent of Lee Evans. You are in no doubt what he is feeling and portraying, using his facial expression and body to communicate. Joe (Kit Lloyd) is desperate to do well, experiencing the cringing and uncomfortable process of auditions, open mic nights and performance anxiety for his first proper show. Hamish (writer and producer) spills the story into Joe’s (Kit Lloyd) personal life, adding to the behind the scenes view of what it is to start out on the challenging journey into comedy, including still living with his Mum.

The set is a blank canvas that takes a lot of filling. With only a few props, simple lighting and a basic backing track, Kit is left to fill the room with his art. I am pleased to say he has no trouble managing it. The uncomfortable, thought provoking moments for the audience are palpable and Kit Lloyd’s equally uncomfortable moments in Joe’s story line, provokes much laughter.

As an experiment in crossing genres this is genius. I look forward to seeing much more from this dynamic duo!

Susan Hill’s THE WOMAN IN BLACK Announces Julian Forsyth and Matthew Spencer To Join Cast










PW Productions are delighted to announce the new cast of Susan Hill’s THE WOMAN IN BLACK at The Fortune Theatre, London. Julian Forsyth returns to the production to star as Arthur Kipps and Matthew Spencer reprises his role as The Actor from Tuesday 7 June 2022.

Due to the show’s enduring popularity with young people, the Producers are pleased to offer a free ticket to those aged 18 and under to see the West End production, alongside a full paying adult.

Julian Forsyth is a stage and television actor who first played Arthur Kipps in The Woman in Black in 2010, before reprising the role at the Fortune Theatre in 2014. His theatrical credits include An American In Paris at the Dominion Theatre, Guys and Dolls at the Royal Albert Hall, Sunset Boulevard at the Coliseum, The Go-Between at the Apollo Theatre, Wicked at the Apollo Victoria. His television credits include Father Brown, A Touch of Frost, The Curse of Steptoe, and Holby City.

Matthew Spencer returns to The Woman in Black as The Actor, having first played the role both at The Fortune Theatre and on tour. His other theatrical credits include Amadeus at the National Theatre, Haunting Julia and The Invisible Man both at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 1984 and The Iliad, both at the Almeida, War House at the National Theatre and Nicholas Nickleby at the Gielgud Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and on tour. He has also appeared on television in My Family and on film in The Man You’re Not.

In June 2019 THE WOMAN IN BLACK celebrated its 30th Anniversary in London’s West End with a special gala performance.

Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel tells the story of a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over his family by the spectre of a Woman in Black. He engages a young actor to help him tell his story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It begins innocently enough, but as they delve further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds. The borders between make-believe and reality begin to blur and the flesh begins creep.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK is directed by Robin Herford, with designs by Michael Holt and lighting by Kevin Sleep.






On Sunday 17 July 2022, there will be a family-friendly charity football event and concert to raise money for Acting for Others and Sands. Taking place at the New River Sports and Fitness Centre in Wood Green, it will feature celebrities and performers from West End shows who will be playing football and singing in the concert.

Commencing the proceedings will be a short concert at 2.30pm, featuring performances from a host of singers from some of London’s most loved West End shows. Singing at the event will be Emma Kingston (Heathers, Les Misérables), Evie Hoskins (Waitress, Misfits), Kayleigh McKnight (Tina, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Misérables), Shaq Taylor (Beauty and The Beast), Holly Anne Hull (The Phantom of The Opera, Les Misérables), and Giovanni Spano (The X-Factor, Cinderella), with more names to be announced.

The celebrity football match between West End Charity FC and Sands United FC will then kick off at 3pm. Playing football on the day will be Jamael Westman (Hamilton), Lee Mead (Casualty, Holby City, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat), Luke Kempner (comedian/impersonator), Aaron Sidwell (EastEnders), Courtney Stapleton (Beauty and The Beast), Liam Doyle (Heathers, Wicked, Mamma Mia!), Jon-Scott Clark (Miss Saigon, Hamilton), and Vinny Coyle (Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Cinderella).

During the half time break, there will be another musical interlude and a raffle to finish off the day once the match concludes.

Gates will open at 1.30pm, the pre-match concert commences at 2.30pm and the football match will kick off at 3pm.

Tickets are priced at £12 for adults and £10 for children and can be purchased here



TodayTix today announces the return of 25 West End Shows at £25,their West End theatre ticket campaign where £25 tickets will be available across 25 West End shows. The campaign is dedicated to helping audiences experience the breadth of entertainment available in London’s vibrant theatres by offering the best prices for a wide selection of West End shows. The initiative, which also ran in 2019, will run for just two weeks from 16 May until 29 May 2022.

This year it will include more recent West End productions and 2022 Olivier Award-winning shows such as Back to the FutureLife of Pi, and Anything Goesalongside classic West End productions and critically acclaimed shows such as Dear Evan Hansen and Come From AwayOther shows included are Cinderella, Come From Away, Get Up, Stand Up, Grease, Jersey Boys, Only Fools and Horses, Sister Act, The Drifters Girland The Woman in Black, with more to be announced. Tickets can be booked through the TodayTix website

TodayTix Group Co-Founder and President Merritt Baer today said, “We’re delighted to bring back this initiative again after its great success in 2019 to empower new audiences to see a wide range of excellent theatre. We are keen to re-engage with both locals and visitors, and continue to restore confidence in the industry after the past two years. It’s been immensely rewarding to be able to welcome audiences back to London’s West End at affordable prices.”

TodayTix’s 25 West End Shows at £25 campaign arrives at a time when the capital’s theatres are once again fully reopened and welcoming audiences back to experience live entertainment. Following the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, the promotion gives Londoners and visitors the chance to return to the theatre and see West End productions at affordable prices.

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The Orange Tree Theatre today announces the full cast for Pierre Marivaux’s The False Servant, translated by Martin Crimp,whose prolific international career began at the Orange Tree Theatre, including the recent hit revival of Dealing with Clair. Before his final season as Artistic Director of the OT, Paul Miller, directs Uzair BhattiWill BrownJulian Moore-CookPhoebe PryceLizzy Watts and Silas Wyatt-Barke. The production opens on 13 June, with previews on 8 June, and runs until 23 July, with a livestreamed performance via OT On Screen on Thursday 7 July and available to stream on demand 26-29 July.


by Pierre Marivaux, translated by Martin Crimp

Directed by Paul Miller; Design by Simon Daw; Lighting Design by Mark Doubleday; Sound Design and Composer Liz Purnell; Casting Consultant Vicky Richardson; Costume Supervisor Sarah Frances;

Deputy Stage Manager Julia Crammer; Assistant Stage Manager Jamie Craker

8 June – 23 July

OT On Screen: Thursday 7 July 7.30pm

OT On Screen on demand: 26-29 July

When a man thinks he can cynically take a rich woman’s money and then run off with an even more lucrative potential fiancée, he’d best not tell the fiancée by mistake. Le Chevalier, a woman disguised as the son of an aristocrat, embarks on a plan that will expose the dark heart of this male power-play.

This version by Martin Crimp was acclaimed at its 2004 National Theatre première by The Daily Telegraph: “Thrills, chills, and belly laughs – this addictively adult comedy has got the lot.”

Uzair Bhatti plays Frontin. His theatre credits include East is East (Octagon Theatre); and his television credits include Extraordinary.

Will Brown plays Trivelin. His theatre credits include The Duchess of Malfi, The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich (Royal Shakespeare Company), Inheritance Blues (Hightide Festival, Soho Theatre, Sheffield Crucible and West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (Redgrave Theatre), Fade (DugOut Theatre), The Journey (Pleasance Theatre). His television credits include The Outlaws, Disability Benefits, The B@IT, The Nevers, Midsomer Murders, Unforgotten, Call the Midwife, Doctor Who, Spotless, and for film; Death of Zygielbojm, HAAR and Extinction.

Julian Moore-Cook returns to the Orange Tree toplay Lelio – he previously performed in While the Sun Shines and The Rolling Stone. His other theatre credits include Translations (National Theatre), The Lieutenant of Innishmore (Noël Coward Theatre), Dublin Carol (The Sherman Theatre), Mother Courage and Her Children (Southwark Playhouse), Three Sisters (Lyric Theatre Belfast), The Beggars Opera (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Our American Cousin (Finborough Theatre), Twelfth Night (Iris Theatre) and ObamAmerica (Theatre503). His television credits include Derry Girls, Kate and Koji, The Peripheral, Endeavour, Peaky Blinders, Benidorm, Shakespeare and Hathaway, 24 and Live Another Day;and for film, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Ballywalter.

Phoebe Pryce plays Countess. Her theatre credits include The Night Watch, Cash Cow (Hampstead Theatre), The Picture of Dorian Gray (UK tour), About Leo (Jermyn Street Theatre), Passage to India (Park Theatre/UK tour), The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Octagon Theatre/Theatre Royal York), The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Charlie’s Dark Angel (The Drayton Arms Theatre).Her television credits include The Girlfriend Experience;and for film, The Lost King, The Merchant of Venice and Plus One

Lizzy Watts returns to the Orange Tree toplay The Chevalier – she previously performed in Dealing with Clair. Her other theatre credits include Either (Hampstead Theatre), Hedda Gabler (Nation Theatre UK tour), Strife (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Angry Brigade (Bush Theatre), God of Chaos, Merit (Theatre Royal Plymouth), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe international tour), Blink (Soho Theatre), Twelfth Night (Filter Theatre), Wasted (Roundhouse Theatre), Artefacts (Bush Theatre), The Man (Finborough Theatre) and Eight (Bedlam Theatre). Her television credits include Professor T, Call the Midwife, Endeavour, and The Durrells.

Silas Wyatt-Barke plays Arlequin. His theatre credits include The Prince of Egypt (Dominion Theatre), Twelfth Night (Young Vic), As You Like It (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Rose Theatre), Dr Seuss’s The Lorax (The Old Vic), Forty Years On (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Emperor and the Nightingale (Theatre by the Lake), The Go Between (Apollo Theatre), and Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre). His film credits include Benjamin.

Martin Crimp was born in 1956 and began writing for theatre in the 1980s, with many of his early plays produced by the Orange Tree. His plays include When we have sufficiently tortured each other (2019), Men Asleep (2018), The Rest Will be Familiar To You From Cinema, (2013, voted by Germany’s Theater heute best foreign play of the year), In the Republic of Happiness (2012), Play House (2012), The City (2008), Fewer Emergencies (2005, receiving Italy’s Premio Ubu), Cruel and Tender (2004, written for director Luc Bondy), Face to the Wall (2002), The Country (2000), Attempts on her Life (1997), The Treatment (1993, winner of the John Whiting Award), Getting Attention (1992), No One Sees the Video (1991), Play with Repeats (1989), Dealing with Clair (1988) and Definitely the Bahamas (1987). His translations of plays include Botho Strauss’s Gross und Klein (2012), Ionesco’s Rhinoceros (2007), Marivaux’s The False Servant (2004) and The Triumph of Love (1999), Genet’s The Maids (1999), Ionesco’s The Chairs (1997), Koltès’s Roberto Zucco (1997), a new version of Chekhov’s The Seagull (2006), and adaptations of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac (2019) and Molière’s The Misanthrope (1996). His work has been produced in the UK by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Almeida, Young Vic, Barbican, Théâtre de Complicité, the Orange Tree and the Royal Court, and has been translated into many languages and widely produced abroad at venues including the Piccolo Teatro, Milan, the Sala Beckett, Barcelona, the Vienna Festival, the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, the Théâtre de la Ville, Berlin’s Schaubühne, Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, and at the Festival d’Automne in Paris, which presented four of his works in their 2006 season, including his first text for opera, Into the Little Hill, written for George Benjamin. His second collaboration with Benjamin, Written on Skin, had its world premiere at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2012, and the third, Lessons in Love and Violence,opened at London’s Royal Opera House in 2018. In 2020 he was awarded the Nyssen-Bansemer Theatre Prize.

Paul Miller is Artistic Director of the Orange Tree where he has directed Terence Rattigan’s While the Sun Shines and French Without Tears (also tour with English Touring Theatre), Bernard Shaw’s How He Lied to Her Husband, Overruled, Candida, Misalliance, The Philanderer and Widowers’ Houses, Jo Clifford’s Losing Venice, Charlotte Jones’ Humble Boy, Lot Vekemans’ Poison, Marivaux’s The Lottery of Love, Somerset Maughan’s Sheppey, Doris Lessing’s Each His Own Wilderness and The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd by DH Lawrence. Between 2009 and 2014 he was an Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres, where his productions included Wonderful Tennessee by Brian Friel, The Winter’s Tale, The Daughter-in-Law by DH Lawrence, Democracy by Michael Frayn (which transferred to The Old Vic), Hamlet with John Simm and True West by Sam Shepard. For the National Theatre he has directed The History Boys (revival for the West End and UK tour), Baby Girl by Roy Williams, DNA by Dennis Kelly, The Miracle by Lin Coghlan, The Enchantment by Victoria Benedictsson, Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads by Roy Williams in the Cottesloe, and The Associate by Simon Bent in The Loft. Other work includes Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre); Elling, adapted by Simon Bent (Trafalgar Studios); The History Boys (Center Theatre Group, LA); Total Eclipse by Christopher Hampton (Menier Chocolate Factory); French Without Tears by Terence Rattigan (ETT); Not the Love I Cry For by Robin Hooper (Arcola); A Life in the Theatre by David Mamet (Setagaya Public Theatre, Japan); Sugar Sugar, Goldhawk Road, Bad Company by Simon Bent and Kingfisher Blue by Lin Coghlan (Bush Theatre), Mercy by Lin Coghlan (Soho); The Marriage of Figaro (English Touring Opera at Hackney Empire); Mean Tears by Peter Gill, Accomplices by Simon Bent and Mr England by Richard Bean (Sheffield Theatres); Honeymoon Suite by Richard Bean (Royal Court); Fragile Land by Tanika Gupta (Hampstead); Four Knights in Knaresborough by Paul Webb (UK tour); A Penny for a Song by John Whiting (Oxford Stage Company/Whitehall Theatre); Tragedy: A Tragedy by Will Eno (Gate); Hushabye Mountain by Jonathan Harvey (ETT/Hampstead); Rosmersholm by Ibsen (Southwark Playhouse) and The Robbers by Schiller (Latchmere).

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Peter Forbes joins the cast of Jack Absolute Flies Again at the National Theatre

Peter Forbes joins the cast of Jack Absolute Flies Again as the company start rehearsals

Rehearsals start today for Jack Absolute Flies Again, a riotous and comedic new version of Sheridan’s The Rivals, co-written by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Oliver Chris (Emma) that will play in the Olivier theatre from 2 July.

July 1940. After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to win the heart of his old flame, Lydia Languish. Back on British soil, Jack’s advances soon turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own, very particular, terms.

Peter Forbes (Follies) joins the cast as Anthony Absolute alongside the previously announced Laurie Davidson (Cats) as Jack Absolute, Caroline Quentin (Jonathan Creek) as Mrs Malaprop, Natalie Simpson (Three Sisters) as Lydia Languish, Kelvin Fletcher (Emmerdale) as Dudley Scunthorpe and Kerry Howard (Him & Her) as Lucy. James Corrigan, Theo Cowan, Shailan Gohil, Millie Hikasa, George Kemp, Joanne McGuinness, Jordan Metcalfe, Akshay Sharan, Tim Steed, Geoffrey Towers, Shona White and Helena Wilson also join the company. 

Director Emily Burns said: “Jack Absolute is a delightfully silly and exuberant refashioning of The Rivals that sends Sheridan’s play barrel-rolling into the Battle of Britain, and the adrenalised hedonism of a summer of life-or-death love. Richard and Oli’s adaptation is a dream to work on – fresh, sharp, joyous and full of heart. I can’t wait to get started.”

Set and costume design is by Mark Thompson, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, composer is Paul Englishby, sound design by Paul Arditti and video and projection design by Jeff Sugg. Physical comedy director is Toby Park and choreography is by Lizzi Gee. Staff director is Cara Nolan.

Jack Absolute Flies Again will be broadcast to cinemas via NT Live on 6 October 2022.

Access performances of Jack Absolute Flies Again

BSL performance: Thursday 28 July at 7.30pm

Sensory Adapted performance: Tuesday 2 August at 7.30pm

Audio-described performances: Friday 5 August, 7.30pm and Saturday 20 August, 2pm preceded by a Touch Tour at 12.30pm

Captioned performances: Saturday 6 August, 7.30pm and Thursday 11 August, 7.30pm




Shakespeare in the Squares today announces the full cast for their fifth anniversary production of Shakespeare’s The TempestSioned Jones directs Mark CarlisleLaura Gomez GarciaIndigo GriffithsPhyllis HoEllis KerkhovenWilliam ShackletonWilf Walsworth and Sasha Wilson. The production, which tours to 18 squares across London in the most ambitious season to date, opens on 21 June at Arundel and Ladbroke Gardens, with previews from 15 June, and completes its run on 8 July at Cleveland Square.

Shakespeare in the Squares is now a central fixture in the calendar of Summer outdoor theatre, with each production tailored to the individual garden squares. The company works with the garden committees and other local organisations to create a unique community celebration around the play.

Shakespeare in the Squares presents

The Tempest

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Sioned Jones; Designer Emily Stuart; Music Director Tom Attwood; Movement Director Yarit Dor

Wednesday 15 June – Friday 8 July

“O wonder!

How many goodly creatures are there here!

How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world

That has such people in’t!”

Mark Carlisle plays Alonso. His theatre credits include The Lady Vanishes (Bill Kenwright), Glengarry Glen Ross (Playhouse Theatre), Peter Pan (Northcott Theatre), Once (Phoenix Theatre), The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui (Duchess Theatre and Chichester), The Arabian Nights (Manchester Library Theatre/Derby Playhouse), Cinderella (Citizens Theatre Glasgow), The Happy Prince (Sherman Theatre), The Jungle Book (Birmingham Stage Company), Hubble Bubble (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch), Cyrano de Bergerac, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Oxford Shakespeare Company), West Side Story (Pola Jones), The Herbal Bed (RSC), The Crucible (Sheffield Crucible), The Innocents (Greenwich Theatre), Carmen 1936 (Northern Stage Company), Peter and Captain (BAC). His television credits include The Crown, Hard Sun, and Red Dwarf.

Laura Gomez Garcia plays Gonzala/Juno. Her theatre credits include Calamity Jane (The Landmark, Ilfracombe); and her television credits include The Last Leg.

Indigo Griffiths returns to the company to play Miranda – she previously appeared in Romeo and Juliet. Her other theatre credits include Persuasion (UK tour), Peter Pan (Theatre Royal Winchester) and The Mulatto Girl (Nuffield Theatre Southampton). Her television credits include Still So Awkward, The One and Mechanical.

Phyllis Ho plays Ariel/Boatswain. Her theatre credits include The Mozart Question (The Barn Theatre), Life of Pi (Wyndham’s Theatre), Giraffes Can’t Dance (Curve Theatre), The Vagina Monologues (Ugly Duck), Gary’s Not Well (Ragged Trouser Theatre), A Weekend Near Madison (Island Productions) and The Beggar’s Opera (Seven Tyrants Theatre). Her film credits include Fish, Are You Sleeping? Mr Baggage, The Wilding, and Untold Stories of the ER.

Ellis Kerkhoven plays Prospero. His theatre credits include Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, (Hereford Courtyard Theatre), The Amazons (Covent Garden Theatre Museum), Julius Caesar (Barbican), Silence (Young Vic), Rock ‘n’ Roll (Duke of York’s Theatre), Enchanted (King’s Head Theatre), Storms (Menier Gallery), Fantastic Mr Fox, Charlotte’s Web, PlayMakers, Nursery Crimes (Singapore Repertory Theatre) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chilworth Manor Open Air). His television credits include StrangeLast Call Correction Facility, My Dearest Darling and Silent Whisper.

William Shackleton plays Antonio/Stefano. His theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor (UK tour), A Christmas Carol (Germany tour) and Testament (Hope Theatre/UK tour/Chalk Line Theatre). William is also an Associate Artist of Chalk Link Theatre.

Wilf Walsworth plays Ferdinand/Caliban. His theatre credits include Heart of Hammersmith (Lyric Hammersmith), Buried (New York Musical Theatre Festival) and My Mate Dave Died (Edinburgh Fringe). He is currently part of the Lyric Hammersmith’s Springboard actor training programme.

Sasha Wilson plays Sebastia/Trincula. Her theatre credits include Bury The Hatchet (Hope Theatre), Lady Macbeth (Theatre503), Julius Caesar (V&A Museum), Twelfth Night (Southwest Shakespeare Company), and ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Lazarus Theatre). She is the Artistic Director of Out of the Forest Theatre.

Sioned Jones directs. She is a theatre-maker and played Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the company. As a director, her credits include: Ljubljana Junction (Roborough Studios), Lie Back In Anger, Cocktail Conversation, Madame Life, Christmas Presence (Union Theatre), Basket (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and Expectations (Oval House) Diff’rent Times (Greenwich Studio) & The Silent Treatment (Summerhall ‘22). As an actress, her West End credits include: Tolstoy, Glorious!, The Letter, Shadowlands, Shakespeare in Love, A Woman of No Importance, National Theatre Credits include: Never So Good, Oedipus, All’s Well that Ends Well, 13, Women Beware Women.



Wednesday 15 June – Friday 8 July

Box Office:

Leinster Square W2

Wednesday 15 June 7pm

St James’s Gardens W11

Thursday 16 June 7pm

Norland Square W11

Friday 17 June 7pm

Queen’s Park NW6

Saturday 18 June 2pm and 7pm

Arundel and Ladbroke W11

Press Night: Tuesday 21 June 7pm

Paultons Square SW3

Wednesday 22 June 7pm

Albert Square SW8

Thursday 23 June 7pm

Elgin and Arundel W11

Friday 24 June 7pm

Camden Square NW1

Saturday 25 June 5pm

Little Wormwood Scrubs Park W10

Sunday 26 June 5pm

Cornwall Gardens SW7

Tuesday 28 June 7pm

Charterhouse Square EC1

Wednesday 29 June 7pm

Ladbroke Square W11

Thursday 30 June 7pm

Formosa Garden W9

Friday 1 July 7pm

St Peter’s Square W4

Saturday 2 July 7pm

Wandsworth St Anne’s Church SW18

Monday 4 July – Tuesday 5 July 7pm

St James’s Square SW1

Wednesday 6 July 7pm

Cleveland Square W2

Thursday 7 July – Friday 8 July 7pm