Theatre Reviews

Our theatre reviews aim to bring you the latest and best performances of plays, dance and music. Ink Pellet celebrates the country’s vibrant regional theatres – from performances of the classics and set texts, to new plays that will inspire and support you.

Once again, we have a merry band of discerning teachers who visit plays in their town (sometimes earning themselves a free programme and interval drink)to review for the magazine.

We’ll also review something you might like – just for sheer pleasure! If you would like to join our panel of reviewers, please join in or email the editor Lesley.finlay@inkwellpress.co.uk

  1. THEATRE REVIEW: The Sign of the Four – Blackeyed Theatre Company, UK Tour

    THEATRE REVIEW: The Sign of the Four – Blackeyed Theatre Company, UK Tour  

    The difficulty with adapting Conan Doyle is the complexity of the plots. It can so easily get wordy and this version, adapted by Nick Lane who also directs, suffers (a bit) from too much exposition and not enough action in the first half. It improves after the interval, though. Lane does, however, retell Conan Doyle’s […]

  2. THEATRE REVIEW: The Double Dealer – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

    THEATRE REVIEW: The Double Dealer – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond  

    Written in 1693, this is a play which hasn’t improved with time. Like all Restoration Comedies it’s a complicated, convoluted plot which involves an awful lot of lusting after the “wrong” people. It takes until the interval to work out who everybody is and it’s daft to double cast Zoe Waites whose two characters are, […]

  3. THEATRE REVIEW : Macbeth – National Youth Theatre 2018 Rep Company

    THEATRE REVIEW : Macbeth – National Youth Theatre 2018 Rep Company  

    The National Youth Theatre Rep Company is a vocational training group of 15 or 16 actors aged 18-25 who present a West End season at the end of their quasi-course. It’s the top tier of NYT’s work. Most participants go straight on to professional work. Abridged to 90 interval-less minutes by Moira Buffini and pithily […]

  4. THEATRE REVIEW: Calendar Girls The Musical – UK Tour, Marlowe Canterbury

    THEATRE REVIEW: Calendar Girls The Musical – UK Tour, Marlowe Canterbury  

    Do not miss this gem of a production! Calendar Girls The Musical is on tour around the UK (currently dates through to August 2019) and will make you laugh and cry in equal measure. The production, based on the true story, the film and the award-winning play by Tim Firth, features musical numbers written by […]

  5. THEATRE REVIEW: The Nutcracker and I – Alexandra Dariescu & Desiree Ballantyne – King’s Place

    THEATRE REVIEW: The Nutcracker and I – Alexandra Dariescu & Desiree Ballantyne – King’s Place  

    The Nutcracker and I is a very engaging piano recital with attached ballet, both actual and projected. I caught it at King’s Place in London before it embarked on a worldwide autumn/early 2019 tour   There are some further UK dates in December. It’s an enticingly imaginative concept and a real joy to see/hear some […]

  6. THEATRE REVIEW: Consensual – National Youth Theatre Rep Company – Soho Theatre

    THEATRE REVIEW: Consensual – National Youth Theatre Rep Company – Soho Theatre  

    This year’s NYT rep season opened with a timely revival of Evan Placey’s fine, topical 2015 play which asks many more questions about the complexity of sexual consent than it answers. The first half takes us to a school where married, mother of one, pregnant teacher Diane (Marilyn Nnadebe) is trying to “deliver” sexual relationships […]

  7. Book Review: Where the World Ends

    Book Review: Where the World Ends  

    By Geraldine McCaughrean Published by Usborne We’re in the eighteenth century and the Hebrides, tucked away in one of Britain’s remotest corners. The village community more or less subsists on seabirds and their by-products. Quill and a group of boys are – almost as a right of passage – left on a rock with three […]

  8. THEATRE REVIEW: Alleujah! – Bridge Theatre

    THEATRE REVIEW: Alleujah! – Bridge Theatre  

    Alan Bennett is probably the country’s most reliable theatre filler and his new play is funny, affectionate, sharp and (mildly) taboo-breaking as you’d expect from our 84-year-old nat… Well, I won’t say it because he hates the soubriquet, but you know what I mean. We’re in a Yorkshire general hospital destined for probable closure. Patients […]

  9. THEATRE REVIEW: A Monster Calls – Old Vic Theatre

    THEATRE REVIEW: A Monster Calls – Old Vic Theatre  

    Based on Patrick Ness’ novel, which won the 2012 Carnegie medal along with the Kate Greenaway medal for Jim Kay‘s illustrations, A Monster Calls is both theatrically stunning and emotionally hard-hitting. Children shouldn’t have to see their parents die and older people shouldn’t have to witness their adult children pre-deceasing them but, tragically, it happens. […]

  10. THEATRE REVIEW: Me and My Girl – Chichester Festival Theatre

    THEATRE REVIEW: Me and My Girl – Chichester Festival Theatre  

    Daniel Evans, artistic director of CFT and director of this show, knows how to stage a spectacle and he’s in fine form with this one which could, I suspect, be Chichester’s next West End transfer. Me and My Girl is a gloriously old fashioned, feel good musical dating from 1937. Like so many of the […]