Gatsby Review

Union Theatre 6 – 30 April.  Reviewed by Claire Roderick Not so great Gatsby. On paper, I’m sure this musical based on the iconic novel seemed like a good idea. In reality, however, it is an unmitigated disaster. The production almost gets away with it in the sections at parties and bar scenes, but most […]

Rocky Horror Show Review

Grand Opera House, York.  Reviewed by Marcus Richardson The ‘Rocky Horror Show’ at York Grand Opera House was outstandingly orgasmic, with its sensual songs, sexy cast and strange audience (with rude remarks about the character) Frank-N-Furter an out of this world scientist played by Liam Tamne, his two loyal servants Riff Raff (Kristian Lavercombe) a […]

Billy Elliott Review

Empire Theatre, Sunderland – 6 to 30 April 2016 Billy is coming home declares the publicity and what a triumphant home-coming it was. The theatre goers at Sunderland Empire certainly thought so, rising as one to give a very much deserved standing ovation at the end. Set in Easington, less than 10 miles away from […]

To Kill A Machine Review

King’s Head Theatre 6 – 23 April.  Reviewed by Claire Roderick To Kill a Machine tells the story of Alan Turing in a hard-hitting yet tender production. Catrin Fflur Huws, inspired by Cabaret, presents pivotal moments in Turings’ life from his time at Sherborne School, through the war years at Bletchley and finally at Wilmslow, […]

Flare Path Review

Civic Theatre, Darlington – 12 April 2016 What R.C. Sherriff’s Journey’s End says about the First World War, Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path tries to say about the Second, as a fine new production at Darlington Civic  this week demonstrates. Flare Path differs from Journey’s End, which was written some years after the conflict, in being a report […]

A Flea In Her Ear Review

Tabard Theatre 29 March – 23 April.  Reviewed by Claire Roderick Sacha Bush’s new translation of Feydeau’s classic farce is a whirlwind of madcap laughs and lunacy. The opening number – Flight of the Conchords “Foux du Fafa” meets Sondheim – sets the ludicrous tone for the evening and the wonderful nonsense that follows. Parisian […]

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea Review

Theatre N16 4 – 14 April.  Reviewed by Claire Roderick I fear I’ve become a jaded old lady. When John Patrick Shanley wrote the play in the 1980s, this may well have been a hard hitting piece. But since then, every writer wanting to be taken seriously has churned out something about two “broken characters […]


SHEFFIELD THEATRES APPOINTS ROBERT HASTIE AS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR   Sheffield Theatres today announces the appointment of Robert Hastie as the company’s new Artistic Director. Hastie takes up the position in July 2016, taking over from Daniel Evans who steps down as Artistic Director at the end of June to join Chichester Festival Theatre. This appointment […]