Review: Julius Caesar

A fleet powerful Julius Caesar, with some outstanding performances


Review: Twelfth Night

With Michelle Terry as Viola, one of the most touching and truthful Twelfth Nights I’ve seen.


Review: Romeo and Juliet

A fleet, brilliantly upending, wholly relevant take on the Verona-ready toxicity feeding male violence and young depression


Review: Rapunzel

A tremendously enthusiastic summer panto slap bang in the tradition of getting them going, taking them on a journey and filling them full of good cheer.


Review: Richard II

One of OFS’s strongest productions, it’s also a return to roots.


Review: The Twits

A summer must-see to charge you up for the autumn, and taking on the real twits ahead.


Review: Dracula

You should see this with some fine acting and a storyline making more sense of Dracula than Stoker does himself.


Review: The Lady in the Van

Sarah Mann and her company will surely return with this gem of transubstantiation.


Review: As You Like It

Heartwarming, giddyingly vital yet clear with its own truth.


Review: As You Like It

A heartwarming revival. Jack Laskey, Bettrys Jones and Nadia Nadarajah have made a space for this As You Like It well beyond its initial moment last year.


Review: Henry V

The enormous energy Sarah Amankwah brings proclaims greatness in the making


Review: Clean

An unmitigated yell for old-school feminism


Review: Eyam

A ringing, tolling end to a pioneering season. This play must have a life – and already possesses a miraculous importunity.


Review: The Crucible

Identity Theatre Company’s Blue Remembered Hills was a stand-out last year. Directed by Nettie Sheridan and Gary Cook, this is too: strongly-conceived and mostly well-acted with stand-outs: don’t miss it.


Review: Emilia

This is a necessary, thrilling play, its energy and message spill straight into the audience.


Review: Othello

Othello will never quite seem the same again; that’s an achievement and a marker.


Review: Animal Farm

A swift and telling production that’s quick-swerving on its feet with memorable vocal projection and physical acting that’s a delight and enticement. This outstanding outdoor version feels special.


Review: The Comedy of Errors

This is a light-footed, thump-fisted, limp-wristed and eye-poppingly uproarious production.


Review: The Tempest

A superb, fleet outdoor Tempest. What it has to lack in quiet subtlety, it more than makes up in fleet humour with dispatch, keen wit, warmth, and truth.


Review: Rear View

Where live street theatre and guerrilla film-making mesh in perfect harmony.


Review: Julius Caesar

Together with several definitive and newly-founded interpretations, it’s Hytner’s lithe political thriller that emerges by contrast as a physical assault on the senses. From out of the smoke and flashes of this outstanding production, there’s jumpings-on and off as participants run up from all sides and even jostle people out of the way.


Review: Boudica

Do see this, a magnificent and largely successful attempt to revive History plays, with an energy and on occasion subtlety that with justice should bring us more large-scale Tristan Bernays.


Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream’s ideal for open air summer nights: The Brighton Shakespeare Company produces the most joyous, certainly sweetest Dream I can remember. It’s fresh, certainly but also enormously warm-hearted. You feel the ‘silver bow new-bent in heaven’ has unloosed a shower of happiness.


Review: Blue Remembered Hills

This is by any standards a remarkable production that at BOAT has found its time and avatar. Sheridan and Cook lead a production that takes Blue Remembered Hills back to somewhere near its source.


Review: The Plain Dealer

Nicholas Quirke and D. A. F. T. will always confound expectations. Long may they do so. Quirke’s D.A.F.T. Theatre arrives at Brighton Open Air Theatre – or to crowd acronyms, B. O. A. T. - with Restoration dramatist William Wycherley’s 1676 The Plain Dealer. With hovering seagulls swooping for chicken legs, and a superb exit by Matthew Carrington f-ing everything then ‘F-ing interval’ it’s a sparklingly-observed revival.


Review: The Comedy of Errors

As excellent outdoor theatre it approaches the quality of the Globe and others on tour. Most important, it never clutters, direction supremely clear in this most tangled of works. In imagination and reach they’re already consummate; they’ll doubtless vie with the Globe On Tour soon. And there’s that tang of the time to savour, uniquely theirs.


Review: Depart

Big, bold, beautiful, baffling.


Review: When Love Grows Old

Could this be the pilot to a melancholically-observed sitcom like Vicious? One audience member suggested it. Whilst The Romance of the Century is beautifully observed and deftly revivifies a much-fictioned historical turning-point, The Weatherman is outstanding comedy, as are the performances.


Review: Company of Wolves

A show with great potential that fell a little short


Review: Walking:Holding

A poignant performance piece for one audience member.


Review: One Million

A large-scale outdoor production celebrating the spirit of youth.


Review: Fixing Point

A kind of personal sonic treasure hunt in a beautiful landscape.


Review: A High Street Odyssey

An interesting site specific wander, giving a new perspective on shopping


Review: Allotment

"touching and darkly humorous"


Review: The Bus Show

Madcap mayhem on ... a bus!


Review: If I ruled the World

A show that gives the world to you


Review: And No Birds Sing

Victorian theatre for the search-engine generation.


Review: Hotel Medea

A six hour journey through the classic myth, full of light and shade .. and then, finally, the morning light.


Review: Allotment

A beautiful tragicomic site-specific two-hander


Review: Mirazozo

Unique and uplifting


Review: What Remains

A haunting promenade around Edinburgh's medical school with Grid Iron


Review: I Came By Myself to a Crowded Place

This slight but atmospheric piece uses optical technology to tell the plaintive tale of a missed tryst


Review: Power of Compassion

A theatrical education in Tibetan Buddhist spiritual culture


Review: Suspicious Package

An intriguing and unique theatrical experience.


Review: Carnivale

Intruiguing and has a lot of potential