Theatre Reviews

Review: “Toast” at Crewe Lyceum Theatre

Review: “Toast” at Crewe Lyceum Theatre

By Claire Faulkner
Based on the book by Nigel Slater and written by Henry Filloux-Bennett, Toast is running at The Crewe Lyceum this week.

Directed and choreographed by Jonnie Riordan, the production portrays the childhood story of Nigel Slater through a wonderful mix of memories, smells (Nigel kept a list) and finding the joy of cooking.

December 4, 2019
Review:  Benjamin Zephaniah at Crewe Lyceum

Review: Benjamin Zephaniah at Crewe Lyceum

By Claire Faulkner
Crewe Lyceum was full of words and rhyme on Thursday night thanks to poet and lyricist, Benjamin Zephaniah.

During the show, Benjamin performed some of his poems and talked openly about his life and told stories from his new biography The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah.

November 22, 2019
Review: The Body Snatcher, Crewe Lyceum Studio

Review: The Body Snatcher, Crewe Lyceum Studio

By Claire Faulkner
It’s been exciting to see a range of new writing and contemporary theatre at The Lyceum Studio this year.

November 10, 2019
Review: Willy Russell’s “Blood Brothers” at Crewe Lyceum

Review: Willy Russell’s “Blood Brothers” at Crewe Lyceum

By Claire Faulkner
Blood Brothers makes a return to Crewe this week – and more than 4,000 people will hear the story of the Johnstone twins during its term at the Lyceum.

I’ve been lucky enough to see Blood Brothers a couple of times now, and each time I’ve noticed the amazing atmosphere which surrounds this show.

November 6, 2019
Review: Swallow by Nantwich Players

Review: Swallow by Nantwich Players

By Claire Faulkner
Nantwich Players Studio presents Swallow this weekend, writes Claire Faulkner.

Written by Stef Smith and directed by the cast and Studio team, this production is strikingly intense and beautifully produced.

November 2, 2019
Review: Shavington Drama Group’s “Tiptoe through the Tombstones”

Review: Shavington Drama Group’s “Tiptoe through the Tombstones”

By Claire Faulkner
Shavington Drama Group’s latest production is Tiptoe Through the Tombstones.

Written by Norman Robbins and directed by Megan Goode, this spoof comedy thriller had the audience in hysterics on its opening night.

September 19, 2019
The Cast of Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Pamela Raith Photography

Review: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Crewe Lyceum

By Claire Faulkner
Crewe Lyceum was full last night (September 17) for the opening of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

There is something quite special about this show.

September 18, 2019
Review: Steel Magnolias by Nantwich Players

Review: Steel Magnolias by Nantwich Players

By Claire Faulkner
Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling opened at The Nantwich Players theatre on Friday night.

Directed by Marie Straker, this is a touching and heart-breaking story of a group of women showing their friendship, strength and resilience in good times and bad.

September 7, 2019
Review: The Lady Vanishes at Crewe Lyceum Theatre

Review: The Lady Vanishes at Crewe Lyceum Theatre

By Claire Faulkner
The Classic Thriller Theatre Company presents The Lady Vanishes at The Crewe Lyceum this week.

Directed by Roy Marsden, the production is an adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1938 film and is the perfect play for mystery fans.

July 10, 2019
Review: The Ladykillers, by Nantwich Players

Review: The Ladykillers, by Nantwich Players

By Claire Faulkner
The Ladykillers, written by Graham Linehan and directed by Don Hirst, is the latest production from the Nantwich Players.

Based on the Ealing comedy film from 1955, the show tells the story of a sweet and eccentric little old lady who innocently rents her spare room to group of criminals planning a robbery.

July 6, 2019
Review: Ada, by Platform Theatre at Crewe Lyceum

Review: Ada, by Platform Theatre at Crewe Lyceum

By Claire Faulkner
Platform Theatre premiered their new show Ada this week at the Lyceum Studio.

June 15, 2019
Review: “Orpheus” at Crewe Lyceum Studio

Review: “Orpheus” at Crewe Lyceum Studio

By Claire Faulkner
The audience at The Crewe Lyceum Studio were treated to a new interpretation of an old tale.

Orpheus, written by Alexander Wright, with music by Phil Grainger, is a story about life, love and loss.

June 2, 2019
Review: “The River” by Nantwich Players

Review: “The River” by Nantwich Players

By Claire Faulkner
The River by Jez Butterworth is the final production this season from the Nantwich Players Studio.

Often described as a poignant non-linear psychodrama, this performance was expertly staged, and I enjoyed watching it very much.

May 31, 2019