Review: The Haunting of Susan A at the King’s Head Theatre

Monday 6th June 2022 at the King’s Head Theatre, London. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Reviewer: Jonathan Walfisz Often a play comes with a mission statement. But few plays that I have seen recently have carried their mission statement so proudly.  “The Haunting of Susan A” at the King’s Head Theatre is Mark Ravenhill’s latest play, who is also... Continue Reading →

Review: Ghost Stories (Touring)

Tuesday 11th March 2020 at the Grand Opera House, York ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ When it comes to this spooky joint venture from Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, it’s so much more about the journey than the destination. Using all bells, smoke, trickery and whistles available, this production swiftly creates a mild hysteria within its audience. If you’re... Continue Reading →

Review: The Woman in Black (Touring)

Tuesday 12th November 2019 at York Theatre Royal. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Susan Hill’s immensely popular novel is adapted for the stage by Stephen Mallatratt and it fares well as a piece of modern theatre masquerading as a simplistic work of yesteryear.  Here, the now famous story is set up as a real-time rehearsal taking place around a... Continue Reading →

Review: Deathtrap At Harrogate Theatre

Tuesday 3rd September 2019 at Harrogate Theatre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ira Levin’s Deathtrap doesn’t so much keep us guessing but rather repeatedly flips the script and pulls the rug from under us. Levin has crafted a quirkily charming hybrid of thriller and comedy which takes the thriller genre and essentially combines a celebration and gentle spoofing of... Continue Reading →

Review: The Lady Vanishes (Touring)

Monday 22nd July 2019 at the Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds ⭐️⭐️ A train journey, strangers at odds thrust together by chance, a missing person mystery and a sparky young duo for puzzle crackers - The Lady Vanishes promises thrills and delivers...some of them. Based on the film written by Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder... Continue Reading →

Review: Thriller Live (Touring)

Monday 8th July 2019 at the Grand Opera House, York. ⭐️⭐️ Thriller Live commendably tries a different tack when it comes to celebrating its source material. Thanks to creator and executive director Adrian Grant, this is no jukebox musical with loose narrative thrown in. Nor is it a jukebox musical with a whackily entertaining plot... Continue Reading →

Review: Turn of the Screw (Touring)

Thursday 23rd May 2019 at York Theatre Royal. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Can an 1898 psychological thriller still cause a stir? Yes, as it turns out. Henry James’ sound grasp of the most thrilling gothic traditions appear in this tale of an impressionable young Governess and her charges. Children in peril and a mind in turmoil will always... Continue Reading →

Review: The Mousetrap (Tour)

Monday 20th May 2019 at the Grand Opera House York. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The marketing will proudly tell you that Dame Agatha Christie’s titan of the stage was established in 1952. A quick search tells you it’s been playing in the West End for an unstoppable 66 years. The programme will tell you that Christie is Penguin... Continue Reading →

Review: The House on Cold Hill (Tour)

Tuesday 30th April 2019 at Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Peter James’ spooky novel The House on Cold Hill takes to the stage in an adaptation by Shaun McKenna. It features a strong cast and seeks to scare the masses with a hyper-modern all round approach. It’s most definitely a tough gig to... Continue Reading →

Review: An Inspector Calls (Tour)

Tuesday 18th September 2018 at York Theatre Royal. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ In a world like ours and in times like these, we all need a little Priestley. To be a little more specific, we need a good dose of straight-talking from Priestley’s eponymous hero of An Inspector Calls. This is a play in two parts: part riveting,... Continue Reading →

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