Category Archives: 2015 reviews

British Theatre Guide – ‘Wind in the Willows’

Wind in the Willows – review  Dave Jennings    Glyn Maxwell has written this adaptation of Wind in the Willows especially for Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre and Alex Clifton’s skillful direction ensures that it fits the environment like a hand in glove. Grosvenor Park, perfectly located between the buzzing city centre and the River […]

Chester Chronicle **** – ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’

Merry Wives of Windsor Jo Henwood **** This summer I have sat beneath warm, sunny skies to watch live theatre. Two weeks ago I joined 12,000 other people on stone seats at the ancient amphitheatre of Epidauros in Greece trying to understand The Archarnians by Aristophanes, performed in Greek. On Saturday night, I joined fewer […]

British Theatre Guide – ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’

Merry Wives of Windsor Dave Jennings You couldn’t escape that ‘end of summer’ feeling as the last Test Match at the Oval ended minutes before the final performance of Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre. However, unlike the cricket, which had been interrupted by rain earlier in the afternoon, the players in Chester were not planning […]

The Reviews Hub ***** – ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’

Merry Wives of Windsor Clare Howdon ***** Chester Performs’ latest offering is Shakespeare’s hilarious revenge comedy Merry Wives of Windsor, which is playing alongside Romeo and Juliet and  Wind in the Willows at the City’s picturesque Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre until the 23rd of August. Legend would have it that Queen Elizabeth I, having […]

Chester Chronicle ***** – ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Romeo and Juliet review Mike Green ***** Director Alex Clifton stamps his mark of distinction on Shakespeare’s classic doomed romance If you have ever wondered what happens when it pours down with rain during a Chester Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre production, I can now tell you. Having so far been blessed with fine weather […]

British Theatre Guide – ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Romeo and Juliet review David Jennings **** The first production of this year’s Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is Romeo and Juliet and the season has certainly opened in style.  This year, the theatre itself has been re-designed to provide a complete in-the-round experience for the audience which enhances the atmosphere of what was already […]

The Guardian **** – ‘Wind in the Willows’

Wind in the Willows review – Chekhov with whiskers Alfred Hickling **** ‘Poet Glyn Maxwell’s wistful adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s riverside story plays down Toad and ramps up its proto-psychedelic mood’ It is hard to imagine a more congenial location for Wind in the Willows than Grosvenor Park; a pleasant greensward sandwiched between the Dee and […]

The Guardian **** – ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Romeo and Juliet review – picnic in the park with a side salad of Shakespeare Alfred Hickling **** ‘This compelling outdoor production stills the rustling of sandwich wrappers by adapting perfectly to its environment, with food fights and fizz’ Measuring the success of Grosvenor Park’s Open Air theatre , now into its sixth season, is […]

The Observer **** – ‘Wind in the Willows’ / ‘Romeo and Juliet’

The Wind in the Willows / Romeo and Juliet review – ‘pitch-perfect double bill’ Clare Brennan **** ‘These versatile actors move seamlessly from Toad Hall to tragedy’ In theatre, what you see is seldom what you get. For instance, just now, what we see is a young woman in dungarees and wire-rimmed spectacles, holding a […]

What’s On Stage **** – ‘Wind in the Willows’

The Wind in the Willows  Carole Baldock **** ‘The Chester venue returns with another fun-packed summer programme’  Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is back with a bang; and fortunately, the audience’s happy anticipation was not marred by the intermittent church bells or even a racing commentary. Hard going for the cast to contend with but […]

The Reviews Hub **** – ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Romeo and Juliet Abbie Rippon **** It’s a warm summers evening, you have a glass of fizz in hand, one of Shakespeare’s most legendary plays being played before you. Really, what better way is there to while away an evening? Romeo and Juliet, despite its tragic ending, is a beautiful, youthful, lust and energy ridden […]

The Reviews Hub **** – ‘Wind in the Willows’

Wind in the Willows Steve Davies **** Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 story of four animal friends and their adventures has seen many adaptations. It tells the tale of Mole leaving home and meeting up with Rat, Toad and Badger. Their adventures include picnics, riverboat rides, a visit to Toad Hall and an unfortunate car journey. The […]