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. Prom 34 – West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

    Prom 34 – West-Eastern Divan Orchestra  

    The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (named after a Goethe collection of poems) was founded in 1999 by world-renowned Argentinian conductor and pianist, Daniel Barenboim and with Edward Said. It comprises an equal number of Israeli and Arab musicians together with some from Turkey, Iran and Spain. Its aim is to promote equality, co-operation and justice for […]

  2. Evita – Open Air Theatre, Regents Park

    Evita – Open Air Theatre, Regents Park  

    Beware spoiling a good show with too many pyrotechnics. By the end of this revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s 1978 piece I was hoping I wouldn’t have to see another firework, hear another celebratory explosion or smell another blast of stage smoke for a very long time. Jamie Lloyd’s take on Eva […]

  3. Tree – The Young Vic

    Tree – The Young Vic  

    This show uses haunting music and evocative singing (by Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante) along with physical theatre to tell a powerful story....

  4. The Worst Witch – Vaudeville Theatre

    The Worst Witch – Vaudeville Theatre  

    Transferred from Royal and Derngate Northampton, which produced it last year, to the Vaudeville for a short West End summer run The Worst Witch is humane, funny and beautifully staged.

  5. 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 […]

  6. 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, […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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 […]

  9. 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 […]

  10. 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 […]