The Public Reviews was set up in 2006 with the sole aim of reviewing theatre. We aim to review all professional types of theatre, whether that be Commercial, Repertory or Fringe
The Public Reviews prides itself on using dedicated volunteer reviewers who are carefully selected to ensure you are getting honest opinions from the people who really count…YOU! Over the past three years the site has grown continuously and as a result we have now built relationships across the water and will regularly be reviewing not only here in the UK but also in New York, Las Vegas, and Sydney in Australia making us the largest dedicated theatre review website in the UK.
We give every production we review a rating between 0-5 stars below is what each rating means.
0 – Extremely poor production – No redeeming features – I wanted to leave before the Interval.
.5 – A badly flawed production – little or nothing to redeem itself – Just walk past the theatre.
1 – A poorly executed production – I felt embarrassed watching it – Would be angry if I’d paid.
1.5 – A production lacking in substance – Just about watchable – Save your money.
2 – A below average production – Watchable – I’d rather have been elsewhere
2.5 – An average production – I don’t hate it but I don’t love it – I’d pay if it was on discount
3 – A good production – some enjoyable moments throughout – Better than a night in front of the TV
3.5 – An enjoyable production – It isn’t going to set the world alight – Well worth a visit
4 – A great production – No real flaws, but lacking in areas – You won’t be disappointed
4.5 – A thoroughly excellent production – Just lacks that little extra bit of magic – Recommend to everyone.
5 – Faultless from start to finish – This production will stay with me for years – Unmissable
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2) We would also love your ideas on people we could interview or questions that you would like us to ask certain actors.
3) Have you ever had the desire to review? We are always looking for new reviewers – to get the ball rolling please email us using the sites contact form and submit examples of your work with at least 1 250 word review. please note that these reviews will not be published and by submitting work to us does not in any way guarantee that you will be accepted as part of The Reviewing Team.
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Email: John [at] thepublicreviews [dot] com
John has been involved in the Arts for over 20 years with acting, producing and directing credits to his name. When not attending the theatre John is an avid socialiser (no that does not mean alcoholic) and enjoys spending time with his friends and family. He can also be found regularly checking out the latest films at his local cinema especially Independent films.
Email: Glen [at] thepublicreviews [dot] com
Glen trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and has worked as a stage manager, lighting designer, box office manager, front of house, in theatre management and arts marketing. He has reviewed for the regional newspapers in East Anglia, for online and radio and for his own website. Glen is resident theatre critic for BBC Radio Suffolk, & blogs for Arts Professional Magazine. On the rare occasions when he’s not in a theatre Glen can be found behind a camera lens.
Email: Features [at] thepublicreviews [dot] com
has been a musical theatre fan ever since her parents played the entire soundtracks to Les Misérables, Phantom and Miss Saigon on long car journeys, and is also a great lover of well-performed Shakespeare. She has been a theatregoer since the age of four or five when she remembers having a ‘theatre dress’ for such sparkling events as Fireman Sam Live at the Wimbledon Theatre. She now fuels her love of theatre with as many tickets as she can justify buying in a year.
Email: London [at] thepublicreviews [dot] com
Ian Foster has been going to the theatre all his life (he was even treated to Barbara Dickson in Blood Brothers from his mother’s womb) and has been reviewing shows for the last three years. Mostly found in London theatres every night of the week, he has been known to venture north occasionally, taking in as many plays and musicals as possible in the everlasting search for theatrical delights
Email: Southwest [at] thepublicreviews [dot] com
All singing all dancing musical mis-hap, Jacqui, is a former coat-style entertainer and pantomime performer (oh yes she is!) who now helps to teach ballet, tap and modern to children in South Wales (when she’s not doing her day job as an art college receptionist). She is musical theatre obsessed, with a particular love for the slightly obscure, and life tends to revolve around her next theatre trip.
Amy Taylor : Regional Editor – Scotland & Edinburgh Fringe
Email: Scotland [at] thepublicreviews [dot] com
Amy has been a freelance theatre reviewer for four years, and has written for a number of publications including The List, The Skinny, TVBomb, and The Journal. A fan of theatre and performance, she realised that she was much more interested in critiquing theatre, than performing shows, and has remained a loveable, yet anti-social critic ever since then. A stickler for theatre etiquette, she cannot abide audience members talking during performances, and has been known to tell off offending members of the public or worse
Laura Stimpson – Regional Editor: Yorkshire & North East
Email: Yorkshire [at] thepublicreviews [dot] com
Laura’s loved music, performing & going to the theatre for as long as she can remember. She was involved in music and acting in her youth in the North East of England before moving to study Drama at the University of Huddersfield. Being brought up on the Sound of Music, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang & Annie, musicals have remained her favourite type of theatre, though she enjoys any performance that leaves you with a smile on your face or thinking about it for days.
Email: Central [at] thepublicreviews [dot] com
I have loved theatre for as long as I can remember. During my time at university I think I watched every single available theatre performance, both professional and amateur – some of which were truly wonderful, others rather less so! I especially enjoy new writing and small, intimate fringe-like venues – I’m also an avid and regular attender at the Edinburgh Fringe. It was here I started formal-ish reviewing, posting my thoughts on the shows I saw on the Fringe website. I now really enjoy the idea of helping others make theatre decisions by sharing my thoughts on performances I’ve seen
Email: Southcoast [at] thepublicreviews [dot] com
Marina has a long standing interest in theatre, tallying up 20 years of involvement. After completing a law degree at the University of Southampton Marina trained as an actress at Guildford School of Acting and has since worked in the industry on films, television, voice-overs and the stage. In her spare time Marina loves to journey back home to the south west to see friends and family.