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 john@inkpellet.co.uk.

  1. Theatre Review: Jesus Christ Superstar – Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park

    Theatre Review: Jesus Christ Superstar – Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park  

    It isn’t often I see a show that really does deserve a standing ovation but Timothy Sheader’s immaculately directed, imaginative, sensitive new version of Jesus Christ Superstar is definitely on the list. A lone guitar begins to twang with louche sexiness at the opening of the overture – framed and lit on the top of […]

  2. Theatre Review: Running Wild

    Theatre Review: Running Wild  

    Remember Joey from War Horse? Well, meet Oona the elephant. She’s full size and spectacular. Puppeted by four people, three inside her and one on her serpentine expressive trunk, she flaps her ears, rocks her head, farts and responds to everything going on around her. There’s also a magnificent tiger, pounding and snarling, a terrifying […]

  3. Theatre Review: I love you Mum – I promise I won’t die. A production by Oasis Youth Theatre

    Theatre Review: I love you Mum – I promise I won’t die. A production by Oasis Youth Theatre  

    A verbatim play written by Mark Wheeller using the testimonies of Daniel Spargo-Mabbs’ friends and family. Premiere performance at The BRIT School, Tuesday 29th March 2016 In May 1997 Daniel Spargo-Mabbs was born. His parents, like every parent wondered what he will achieve, what job will he do? In January 2014 I was pregnant and my […]

  4. Theatre Review: Kinky Boots

    Theatre Review: Kinky Boots  

    Based on the film written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth, Kinky Boots is one of those gloriously English stories about (fairly) ordinary people overcoming human problems in an unlikely but theatrically spectacular way. It’s in the same tradition as The Full Monty and Brassed Off. It makes a gloriously vibrant musical and it’s hard […]

  5. Theatre Review: Guys and Dolls

    Theatre Review: Guys and Dolls  

    If you feel like taking a school party to a traditional, roof-raising musical then you won’t do much better than this production of Guys and Dolls, a Chichester Festival Theatre show which transferred into the West End. It’s glitzy, funny and pulsating with energy as it sails triumphantly on to its feel good finale.

  6. THEATRE REVIEW: Beautiful – The Carol King Musical

    THEATRE REVIEW: Beautiful – The Carol King Musical  

    Think again if you feel that you are not too familiar with Carole Kings music – I did, and was amazed at how many classic songs she had penned, initially with her husband, Gerry Goffin, and later, in her own right. Her story confirms that with true determination, which started at a young age, together […]

  7. THEATRE REVIEW: Romeo and Juliet – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

    THEATRE REVIEW: Romeo and Juliet – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield  

    William Shakespeare’s genius has been an inspiration to so many generations. Romeo and Juliet is one of the most powerful love stories ever told, and has been portrayed in many guises for over 400 years. John Humphrey’s production of this iconic play initially was a little bewildering as to the message he wanted to convey, […]

  8. 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 […]

  9. 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 […]

  10. 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 […]