Doktor James’ Kristmas Karol

Doktor James’ Kristmas Karol

Christmas is the time to embrace your inner child and Doktor James’ Kristmas Karol provides the perfect excuse. Sitting amongst an audience consisting almost entirely of children and their parents I resigned myself to an afternoon of cringingly childish jokes, embarrassingly needy performers and long suffering parental sighs... 

Antigone

Antigone

Making Greek tragedies accessible to a modern audience can be hard work but playwright Christopher Adams and Brighton based Actors of Dionysus have risen to this challenge. Aiming to ‘make magic from myth’ they have successfully adapted the Sophocles tragedy, Antigone, breathing new life into this classic tale... 

Othello

Othello

Verdi’s operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello is brought to us by Kent Opera. Their Pros and Cons project aims to make music and theatre accessible to those incarcerated in prison and it was a pleasure to watch this very special performance directed by Stephen Tiller... 

Lulu

Lulu

Scott Roberts’ adaptation of Wedekind’s Pandora’s Box and Earth Spirit has resulted in Lulu. The title character is a woman controlled and manipulated by the men she encounters throughout her life who ultimately destroy her... 

So You Say

So You Say

The multi-talented writer and director Sam Chittenden has done it again. Two actors stand on the stage and deliver a script that is outstanding in its simplicity and honesty. The truthful and oh-so-real story of these two people’s past relationship is laid bare before us... 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Bill Kenwright’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a phenomenon! It’s been part of musical lovers’ lives for many years; combine that with a loveable winner from X Factor in the guise of Joe McElderry and you have a winning formula... 

Call Mr Robeson

Call Mr Robeson

As soon as Taylo Aluko, in the guise of Paul Robeson, takes to the stage we know we’re in for a treat. He is a commanding figure and his stage presence is impressive. I had heard of Paul Robeson before I went to the show but didn’t know much more than that he was a singer, had sung Ol’ Man River and starred in the musical Show Boat... 

Austen Empowered

Austen Empowered

Miss Juliet Smith (Amanda Stewart) is reluctantly entering the marriage market enthusiastically encouraged by her Aunt Roberta. Austen is indeed empowered by peppering the usual gentility with modern references and, may I say, incorrigibly crude references... 

The Marlowe Papers

The Marlowe Papers

Christopher Marlowe’s alleged blasphemy makes it necessary for him to make a hasty retreat in the form of a fake death. Doomed to exile he takes on a new life as a secret agent, a James Bond of the 16th Century, and his adventures enthrall us from beginning to end... 

One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean

One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean

Oh what a man! Francis Henshall is a man driven by his needs, whether its food or a good woman, he is totally consumed and motivated by his desires. Wheeling and dealing is the name of the game and his twists and turns form the plot... 

Underworlds

Underworlds

An angry Arachne, banished by Athena and transformed into a spider, is reclaiming the power for historical and fictional female characters. Acting as a whistle blower, she blows our ingrained view of them apart with her alternative stories in a powerful and inspiring performance... 

The Treason Show

The Treason Show

The Treason Show takes the news, parodies it, adds music and makes it irreverently entertaining. Full of humour from start to finish, it sprints from one sketch to the next with a sprinkling of gags in-between...