Merrily We Roll Along: It’s a bold, intelligent and ambitious production that brings depth to the dazzle.

Merrily We Roll Along Stephen Sondheim and George Furth Director: James Suckling Musical Director: Liam Walker Reviewer: Nick Le Mesurier – Leamington Courier The ups and downs of show biz life were never more starkly revealed than in Stephen Sondheim’s hit musical Merrily We Roll Along. It’s a tale of rags to riches, or rather […]

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Merrily We Roll Along: An evening of high professionalism

Merrily We Roll Along Reviewer: Peter McGarry It’s a fair old step from idealism to cynicism – and when you’re going backwards, it becomes more of a giant stride. This is the way things work in Stephen Sondheim’s showbiz musical which, in effect, challenges its players to un-develop their characters over the course of two […]

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The Theatre of Music Hall Review – Nick Le Mesurier

The Theatre of Music Hall Dir: Sean Glock Reviewer: Nick Le Mesurier The Theatre of Music Hall is The Loft’s heartfelt tribute to a form that was popular for almost a hundred years and produced some of the biggest stars of the British stage. It’s a rousing, rumbustious romp of a show that features acts […]

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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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