Clare Brennan

Romeo and Juliet review: a watery death for the star-crossed lovers

Staging Shakespeare’s tragedy in a swimming baths might have seemed like a good idea, but the production quickly gets into deep water.

Roundelay review both magnificent and a disappointment

Stephen Joseph, ScarboroughAlan Ayckbourns experimental playlets are moving and hilarious but their fragmentary nature often hobbles the drama.

She Stoops to Conquer review lively and absurd

Viaduct, Halifax and touringThis production of Oliver Goldsmith's 1773 comedy is absurdly funny but they need to turn down the volume a touch.

Pitcairn review vivid but untidy

Richard Bean is a multi-award-winning playwright who splices seriousness with humour across subjects including tabloid journalism (Great Britain), immigration (England People Very Nice), cricket (The English Game) and Irish republicanism in America (The B

Thérèse Raquin review Pippa Nixon is a compelling presence

Theatre Royal, BathA fine cast rescues a melodramatic new adaptation of Thérèse Raquin Continue reading...

Bad Jews review a gripping inheritance drama

An emotional struggle between three cousins has more to it than meets the eye.

The Boy Who Fell Into a Book review a knockout mix

Alan Ayckbourn's tale of fiction coming to life makes an inspiring leap from page to stage.

Hansel and Gretel review the woods are alive in the Dukes' annual al fresco show

Williamson Park, LancasterHilltop, woodland and lake are the perfect setting for Zosia Ward's vivid retelling of multiple fairytalesHansel and Gretel may get top billing at the Dukes' annual outdoor production, but they are not alone. Threaded through the

Hansel and Gretel review the woods are alive in the Dukes' annual alfresco show

Williamson Park, LancasterHilltop, woodland and lake are the perfect setting for Zosia Ward's vivid retelling of multiple fairytalesHansel and Gretel may get top billing at the Dukes' annual outdoor production, but they are not alone. Threaded through the

Seeing the Lights review an emotionally engaging and witty drama

Brendan Murray's tale of family reunion makes dramatic capital from the premise that blood ties are often a mixed blessing.