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Category : Reviews

17 Jun 2022

Review of Walk in the Woods

Summary: outstanding – go. A world weary Russian and an idealistic and earnest American locked in nuclear weapons negotiations provided a gripping night’s entertainment. The script was clever.  Nearly 2 hours of believable mind games and shadow boxing between the two protagonists as they struggle to engage with each other about the problems of negotiating nuclear weapons treaties.  The general tone of the play was thoughtful and serious yet leavened by many good jokes and comedic moments.  The execution of […]

10 Mar 2022

Dame Eileen and her return to BLT

On 13th February, after a hiatus of 61 years, multi-award winning actress Dame Eileen Atkins CBE DBE made a triumphant return to the BLT stage. Amazingly, she first appeared at our theatre aged 27, in a play called The Square by Marguerite Duras, which she recalled with great fondness to the sell-out audience, saying “I can honestly say that Bromley gave me my first big break”. Interviewed by our own Pat Jones, Dame Eileen delighted us all with stories from her life in theatre, film and television, from […]

10 Mar 2022

Super Review for Wind in the Willows

We are delighted to share a wonderful review of Wind in the Willows

16 Jun 2021

Review of Handbagged

Handbagged by Moira Buffini. Directed by Pauline and Dan Armour Review by John Maslen My joy at breaking out of pandemic prison to see live theatre again was initially tempered by apprehension at the choice of production I had elected to see.  A play featuring Margaret Thatcher! Please not another weary left wing diatribe telling us all how dreadful the era was!  But of course it was nothing of the sort: – I had been vaguely aware of the piece […]

17 Mar 2020

Review of Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train Reviewed by Clive Lees.  Play date Saturday, 7 March 2020 This was director Andrew Newbon’s first main house play and he deserves much credit for delivering an excellent show and allowing his cast to deliver memorable performances.  There was much inventiveness and creativity on display which all helped to make for a fine night out. I’m tempted to say that the reason to see this play is Scott James.  James, playing Charles Bruno, one of the […]

26 Feb 2020

Review of ‘The Scary Bikers’

By Paul Campion Heaven knows, Brexit hasn’t given us much to laugh about over the last few years. But it has given us John Godber’s ‘Scary Bikers’. As a Yorkshireman born and bred, Godber was mystified as to why so many of his working-class compatriots voted Leave in the 2016 referendum. In ‘Scary Bikers’ he sets out to examine this anomaly through the prism of Don and Carol, a middle-aged Yorkshire couple who share a passion for cycling, but are […]

26 Feb 2020

Review of ‘The Lion in Winter’

by Steve Williams It is Christmas 1183 and we are in the court of the Plantagenet King, Henry II, at a tense and trying time. Henry is hosting the newly crowned King Philip of France and is keen to form an alliance before he relinquishes his crown to one of his sons. The problem for the King is that none of the sons would accept any of the others as King and are all intent on taking the crown for […]

29 Jan 2020

Review of ‘On the Verge’

  By Nikki Packham. Review night:- Saturday 25th January I love the Bar Shows – I love watching them, directing them and acting in them, so it was with real pleasure that I walked into the BLT Bar on Saturday night and saw the colourful items and posters adorning the walls, beams and pillars that make up the set for each production.  I knew next to nothing about this play – only that it concerned three Victorian ladies who loved […]

27 Jan 2020

Review of ‘Round and Round the Garden’

Review by Peter Yolland. Round and Round the Garden forms part of the trilogy of the Norman Conquests plays written in 1973 by Alan Ayckbourn.  ‘Round and Round the Garden’, takes place in the garden. ‘Table  Manners’ is set in the dining room and ‘Living Together’ in the living room, Each play is self-contained and BLT performed Table Manners in 2012. This production was performed at Hever Castle in August 2019 as a First Knight production rather than by BLT. […]

20 Dec 2019

Review of ‘A Christmas Carol’

Review by Clive Lees. With a plot that wasn’t going to surprise anyone, this play hung upon what the cast and crew could make of this traditional story. In my view, they certainly did not disappoint. The show surpassed the achievements of the Christmas shows of the last few years. Yet this original adaptation, in the sense of the script, did have a few, and welcome, surprises which included making explicit references to the 1843 Second Report of the Children’s […]