reviews

 


A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Royal Theatre Northampton


What’s On Stage ★★★★★

“Director Gary Sefton can apparently do no wrong. The latest in a succession of five-star productions for Northampton’s Royal&Derngate, this extraordinary, hugely inventive and highly entertaining show should therefore come as no surprise. But when it comes to Shakespeare, some directors who are good in their niche can be left exposed by the scale or particular requirements of the Bard. Sefton has no such difficulties.”


“This Edwardian Dream is endlessly imaginative, elegantly creative and hilarious enough to evince genuine tears of laughter. Cut – extremely intelligently – to an hour each way, it fizzes and froths with wit, energy and an infectious sense of unadulterated joy.”


“It’s another triumph for both Sefton and the Royal. Whether you’ve seen the Dream before or not, it’s a landmark production that comes highly recommended.”


Michael Davies


Oxford Times ★★★★★

“Director Gary Sefton’s gloriously inventive productions for Northampton's Royal & Derngate of the comic novels Travels With My Aunt and Diary of a Nobody are now followed by his masterly and consistently rib-tickling take on what is widely considered to be Shakespeare’s funniest play.”


Chris Gray


A Christmas Carol - Royal Theatre Northampton


What’s On Stage ★★★★★

“The 200th anniversary year of the author’s birth, is triumphantly on display in the Royal Theatre’s perfect Victorian auditorium. Yet again, the Royal’s creative team has raised the bar for Christmas shows. This one is, quite simply, sensational.”


“Superlatives are frequently overused in reviews, and five-star recommendations scattered about all too readily. In this instance, they are unreservedly deserved, together with the spontaneous standing ovation this show will unquestionably garner night after night. It is everything theatre is supposed to be: thought-provoking, inspiring, heart-warming and, ultimately, life-affirming. Miss it at your peril.”


Michael Davies


Northampton Chronicle And Echo

“fresh, vital and the best version of A Christmas Carol I have ever seen staged.

If theatre fans do one thing this Christmas they should definitely book themselves some tickets to see this show.”

Public Reviews

“At the end of this performance, the majority of the audience was on its feet for a standing ovation. Well deserved. A super family Christmas treat not to be missed.”

The Stage

“ this show will thrill and delight audiences of all ages.”


deadkidsongs - Ustinov - Theatre Royal Bath


Telegraph ★★★★

“Jane Shilling thinks deadkidsongs at the Ustinov Studio at Theatre Royal Bath, might have made an even better play than it did a novel.”


Jane Shilling


The Times ★★★★

“Gary Sefton’s brilliant production, which he has also adapted from Toby Litt’s 2001 novel, summons up the clamour and the callousness of boys whose games of soldiers get too real for comfort.”


Dominic Maxwell


Independent ★★★★

“this is a powerfully grim piece of theatre, with outstanding performances”


Kate Bassett


What’s On Stage ★★★★

“This is a truly thought provoking story, high voltage action tempered with flashes of childish innocence, the added graphics and projection carry the brutality with great effectiveness and it remains a chilling, stark and utterly gripping story.”


Petra Schofield


Diary Of A Nobody - Royal Theatre Northampton


Daily Mail ★★★★★

“Nobody could do it better”

Quentin Letts


What’s On Stage ★★★★★

“The direction of Gary Sefton is nothing short of sensational.”


Michael Davies


Telegraph ★★★★

“Gary Sefton’s gloriously funny production possesses heaps of irreverent originality”


Dominic Cavendish