Watermill’s TWELFTH NIGHT in the Bodleian Quad, Oxford

★★★★☆ Watermill’s rendition is steeped in a jazz era aesthetic. It’s a very canny way of treating the play, where Malvolio’s puritanism is channelled through Prohibition-era context, Sir Toby is a veteran of the speak-easy, and Duke Orsino’s court is a lavish jazz club.

ALL OR NOTHING at the Everyman, Cheltenham

★★★★☆ Covering the Mod movement from its heyday all the way until its decline and transformation into the hippie era, All or Nothing charts the rise of the Small Faces and its temperamental frontman Steve Marriott . . . All or Nothing has a firm understanding of what its audience has come to see.

LEGO BEACH at 1532 Performing Arts Centre, Bristol

★★★★☆ Backed with atmospheric lighting, original songs delivered with lovely harmonies, and a simple yet imaginative set that cleverly reflected the way LEGO was taking over the town, this was great theatre by some highly dedicated and skilled new followers of the art.

AND HERE I AM at The North Wall, Oxford

★★★★☆ For any one-person performance to mesmerize an audience for 80 minutes without a break is an amazing feat . . . It is clear that Ahmed Tobasi is a remarkable man who has already led an extraordinary life and lived to tell the tale. This also reminds us of the countless people who aren’t so lucky.

The Love of a Nightingale at Circomedia, Bristol

★★★☆☆ Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s International graduating MA Actors have brought Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Love Of The Nightingale to Circomedia’s splendid venue in Portland Square . . . Jessica Leafe is absolutely outstanding as Philomene


★★★★★ If it’s sold out – and it soon will be, I suggest that you beg, steal or borrow a ticket for this, the funniest, most inventive and exciting comedy for years . . . Like a similar show: The 39 Steps, it will run and run and have revival after revival.