Keeping Our End Up – Review by Nick Le Mesurier

Keeping Our End Up By Mark Carey Dir Michael Rolfe The Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa Review by Nick Le Mesurier In these dark days we need some light relief, something that satisfies the heart and head without being overly fatuous or cynical. We have it in the Loft’s production of Mark Carey’s new play, Keeping […]

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two of the most powerful and committed performances to grace a Midlands stage

Skylight Loft Theatre, Leamington, until February 2 Reviewer: Peter McGarry Play or debate?  Skylight blends both elements in an extraordinary blast of theatrical ingenuity. David Hare’s drama weaves a complex pattern of politics and passion but at no stage loses its grip on mid-1990s issues of the heart. The debate side covers the fact that […]

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A play explored with such intelligence and such perfectly nuanced delivery one hangs on every glistening word

Skylight By David Hare Director  Sue Moore The Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa 23 January – 2 February 2019 REVIEW BY NICK LE MESURIER LEAMINGTON COURIER If the Loft Theatre Company are to improve on their start to 2019 they’ll have to work very hard indeed. Because their new production of Skylight, David Hare’s three-hander about […]

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Twelfth Night, Warwick Boar “A clear hit”

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night will be on stage at Leamington’s very own Loft Theatre until December 15, and it is not one you want to miss. Director William Wilkinson’s production is fast-paced, thoroughly entertaining, and modern, but not quite the usual production of this Christmas play that you might expect. Set in Illyria, Twelfth Night follows […]

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Beauty, Wit and Wisdom abound in Twelfth Night

LEAMINGTON COURIER REVIEW BY NICK LE MESURIER TWELFTH NIGHT The Loft’s version of Twelfth Night is a colourful rendition of Shakespeare’s tale of unrequited love, delivered in modern dress but without fancy gimmicks or pretensions. It is a show full of bold characters who speak their lines with obvious affection and respect. One doesn’t go […]

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TWELFTH NIGHT REVIEW “Clever direction, spirited performances and a dazzling set”

Twelfth Night Loft Theatre, Leamington, until December 15 Reviewer: Peter McGarry   The clue is in the sub-title What You Will. Even the least of Shakespeare enthusiasts will have heard of Twelfth Night and will probably associate it with post-Christmas frolics. Certainly the name of the game is revelry and you’re invited to enjoy it […]

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“Halloween Haunt at the Loft – ‘an unexpected and exhilarating experience’ “

“UNEXPECTED AND EXHILARATING” REBEKAH BAILEY REVIEW BY THE WARWICK BOAR As I walked towards the Loft Theatre, I noted the ‘beware’ sign that warned pregnant women, epilepsy sufferers and those with a faint heart that this may not be their scene. But I carried on anyway. The Loft Theatre is the perfect setting for Lurking […]

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“A nice frisson of fear”

Lurking in the Loft Devised and Directed by Elizabeth Morris Loft Theatre Company, Leamington Spa www.loft-theatre.co.uk 01926 800360 27 October – 1 November 2018 Leamington Courier Reviewer: Nick Le Mesurier Down in the cellars something stirs. A door slams, a scream is heard, a shadow passes – but there’s no-one there. Theatres are amongst the […]

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“Get your fright fix this Halloween with this highly inventive offering”

LEAMINGTON OBSERVER LURKING AT THE LOFT REVIEWER:  Matthew Salisbury The Loft Theatre in Leamington is offering an unusual way to get your ‘fright fix’ this Halloween. Matthew Salisbury went along to investigate. The popularity of Halloween – particularly among the young – seems to go from strength to strength. And it’s this love of the […]

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The Pity of War, brutally, but brilliantly laid bare” – Reviews: The Silence

THE SILENCE By David Fletcher Directed by Sue Moore Review by Peter McGarry Running time 1 hour 10 minutes WITH a sense of sad resignation, we have come to accept that war will always be with us in some shape or form. Truly a Pity, as the theme of the Loft’s mini-repertory season proclaims. David […]

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