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: Goodnight Mr Tom

    THEATRE REVIEW: Goodnight Mr Tom  

    The novel has acquired iconic status since its publication in 1981. And David Wood’s sensitive dramatization, after opening at Chichester, enjoying two West End runs and now touring until the end of May, is rapidly going the same way. And it gets better each time I see it. Evacuee Willie Beech, abused by his mentally […]

  2. Jane Eyre – National Theatre

    Jane Eyre – National Theatre  

    Given how many films and TV adaptations there have been over the years it takes real imaginative flair to do something original with this text. Sally Cookson and her team have certainly come up with a different concept. The Littleton proscenium is presented as a huge white curtained hollow box within which designer Michael Vale […]

  3. Macbeth – the Pantaloons Theatre Company

    Macbeth – the Pantaloons Theatre Company  

    Recently the opportunity arose within my GCSE Drama group for a few of us to go to the Gulbenkian Theatre, a small theatre on campus at the University of Kent in Canterbury, to watch a production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, one of his most well-known and macabre tragedies. I decided I would go, as I […]

  4. THEATRE REVIEW: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Touring Production

    THEATRE REVIEW: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Touring Production  

    Having read Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel only a few weeks before seeing the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, I wondered if this would be a hindrance or a help. But believe me, this touring NT production took the story of Asperger’s suffer Christopher onto yet another magical […]

  5. THEATRE REVIEW: LIPPY – MayFest – Bristol Old Vic

    THEATRE REVIEW: LIPPY – MayFest – Bristol Old Vic  

    Based on the unexplained suicide of four women who starved themselves to death over a period of 40 days and who systematically destroyed any clues that might have helped us to understand their actions, Lippy will not be every theatregoers cup of tea. If the play’s subject is bleak, the dramatic treatment of the subject […]

  6. THEATRE REVIEW: Pride and Prejudice – The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

    THEATRE REVIEW: Pride and Prejudice – The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield  

    Presenting a classic like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice for the theatre holds certain risks. Patrons who are seasoned lovers of the English classics have certain expectations, and would be disappointed if the stage production differs greatly to the novel. Fortunately Tamara Harvey’s production rose to the challenge, bringing the story to life with its […]

  7. THEATRE REVIEW: Death of a Salesman – RSC – Duke of York’s Theatre

    THEATRE REVIEW: Death of a Salesman – RSC – Duke of York’s Theatre  

    2015 marks the centenary of Arthur Miller’s birth and the RSC has honoured it with a near definitive account of what is probably Miller’s finest play – Death of a Salesman. Miller’s powerful, painful take on the elusive Great American Dream is not easy to bring off on stage but Gregory Doran’s characteristically assured touch […]

  8. Theatre Review: The Life and Times of Fanny Hill – Bristol Old Vic

    Theatre Review: The Life and Times of Fanny Hill – Bristol Old Vic  

    As I take my seat at the Bristol Old Vic, I wonder how a book that is essentially a memoire of sexual encounters can be put on stage and deliver a great story. This play, in fact, is based on John Cleland’s book Memoirs of a Woman, which tells the infamous life of Francis Hill, […]

  9. Theatre Review: Beautiful Thing – touring production

    Theatre Review: Beautiful Thing – touring production  

    Jonathan Harvey’s play Beautiful Thing is doing the rounds again – marking its 20th anniversary. It’s a great story that deserves a revival, and this one, with the confident and accomplished Charlie Brooks (from EastEnders) brought a great energy to the production. Set in an inner city London council estate, Harvey’s sparkily-written script tells the […]

  10. Theatre Review: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – touring production

    Theatre Review: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – touring production  

    When a play deals so obviously with the story of pain, deep tragedy and explores the sheer baseness of human nature, one does wonder why we go to the theatre to see it. That could well be the story of this production of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, the adaptation of John Boyne’s award-winning […]