Reviews of King John at the Union Theatre

January 23, 2012

Reviews for King John are coming in after the opening weekend, and it’s all good so far.

Here’s the full list of reviews, updated as they come out. Emphasis – where added – is mine.


✰✰✰✰ One Stop Arts: “Director Phil Willmott…has uncovered the farcical comedy of the fight for the English throne in this energetic production…a thoroughly entertaining night which sets the bar for future productionsTom Oakley at One Stop Arts

✰✰✰✰ Time Out London: “a rip-roaringly fun production” Andrzej Lukowski in Time Out

✰✰✰✰ Exeunt Magazine: “Superb…It would take a better scholar than I to explain King John’s long fall from grace – but there could be no better production than this to argue for its return.” Sarah Perry on Exeunt

✰✰✰✰ Remotegoat.co.uk: “brings the text and the meanings within to the forefront with consideration and precision.” And of course I have to include this comment: “Lighting is appropriate, getting darker and moodier as dark times loom.” Read the full Remotegoat review

✰✰✰✰ Londontheatre.co.uk: “it is the sheer quality of this production that makes Shakespeare’s work shine.”
Peter Brown on Londontheatre.co.uk

✰✰✰ The Guardian: “a revival that is simple and direct, and keeps a firm narrative grip on proceedings…there is pleasure to be had from seeing a Shakespearean play that isn’t over-familiar because of repetition” Lyn Gardener in the Guardian

✰✰✰ The Evening Standard: an “uncluttered, sure-footed take with impressive verse speaking, and…a few cherishable flourishes.” Fiona Mountford in the Evening Standard

✰✰✰The Public Reviews: “a perfect example of how a very well-judged production can illuminate material of any quality.” Ian Foster on TPR (Ian also writes as thereoughttobeclowns)

The Stage:thoroughly engaging as a vivid anatomy of power and politics in not-so distant times.” Michael Coveney on the Stage

LondonSE1: “bursts at the seams with passion, humour and drama… an evening of memorable and accomplished performances” Read the full SE1 review

British Theatre Guide: “This production breathes new life into the play and makes it for today…Get a ticket while you can.Howard Loxton on BTG

Reviewsgate: “energetically enterprising revival…” Full writeup on Reviewsgate

…and a blog post I fund on Notes of an idealist: “Well done to the Union Theatre for putting on something different and worthwhile, and for making a good job of it!” read it all


There’s also production photos to come shortly…

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