Category : Reviews

25 Feb 2017

Review of ‘Colder Than Here’

By Richard Stewart Like letters from HMRC, it is a certainty that we are all going to die. It is a curiously human thing to be aware and conscious of our own eventual end, and much in the way of culture and thought is devoted to the subject. Laura Wade’s Colder than Here doesn’t aspire to lofty philosophical musings on life and ‘what lies after’, but its depiction of a family dealing with and preparing for the inevitable loss of […]

25 Feb 2017

Review of ‘The 39 Steps’

By Paul Campion While queuing for the loos during the interval, I overheard a couple of audience members expressing surprise that BLT’s production of The 39 Steps had turned out to be a comedy, not the straight thriller they were expecting. Given that Patrick Barlow’s hilarious adaptation spent nine record-breaking years at the Criterion theatre in the West End, this seems a mite odd. Nevertheless, they were also heard to declare that despite this surprise, they were enjoying the show […]

31 Jan 2017

‘Into the Woods’ Review

Read the Sardines’ review of our December production here.

31 Dec 2016

Review of ‘Into The Woods’

By Matt Sharp It’s difficult to know where to start when constructing a review to fully appreciate the hard work, commitment and all-round amazement of over 30 members of the cast and crew in an 800-word document. In short, this performance was a stunning, well-constructed piece of Musical Theatre, which everyone involved should feel unmentionable pride in. I urge the entire company, cast and crew to know that you were phenomenal. Here at Bromley Little Theatre we are renowned for […]

01 Dec 2016

Review of ‘Foxfinder’

By Laura Ings Self In many ways Dawn King’s Foxfinder is the perfect play for the BLT bar. Set in a dystopian future, it is a dark tale filled with intrigue and the unsettling sensation that the characters are not always being completely honest. The idea of a futuristic Big Government closely monitoring its citizens feels eerily replicated by the audience in close quarters, almost breathing down the actors’ necks. In other ways, however, the play provided challenges in the […]

01 Dec 2016

Review of ‘Kindertransport’

By Arthur Rochester Since its first performance at Soho’s Cockpit Theatre in 1993 Diane Samuels’ seminal play has attained classic status and been taught as a set GCSE text. The poignant story of the escape from Nazi Germany to Britain of some ten thousand Jewish children, most of whom never saw their parents again, is given new topicality and relevance by current TV images of the plight of child refugees, emphasised during this production by thought-provoking foyer displays and a […]

01 Dec 2016

Review of ‘Cause Celebre’

By Hilary Cordery Based on the true and sensational story of a woman who, together with her (much) younger lover, were jointly charged with the murder of her husband, Terrence Rattigan’s ‘Cause Celebre’ was an ambitious production for BLT. Director Mike Savill had his work cut out in bringing to life what was originally a radio play, and it is to his credit that this was a very successful and impressive production notwithstanding the undeniable staging challenges. In the lead […]

01 Dec 2016

Review of ‘Orphans’

By Peter Yolland Dennis Kelly, the author of ‘Orphans’, came from a London council estate and is best known for his dark style of writing. ‘Orphans’ was first staged in 2009 and the story revolves around a family living on what has been described as a sink estate. Danny and Helen are sitting down to an evening meal when her brother Liam bursts into their flat, claiming that he has come upon a person who has been attacked. Both Danny […]

01 Dec 2016

Review of ‘Rules For Living’

By Hilary Cordery We’ve all been there, the family Christmas Day from hell. Everyone tries really, really hard but there comes a point when something (or someone) snaps and all hell breaks loose, “bedlam” to quote the aptly named card game of the 2nd Act of Sam Holcroft’s “Rules for Living”. Director Jane Buckland’s production brought this oh-so-familiar scenario hilariously to the BLT stage. But the production was much more than a gloriously riotous and uproarious comedy. Intriguingly, we got […]

01 Dec 2016

Review of ‘James And The Giant Peach’

By Mike Savill ‘Community theatre’, ‘semi-professional’, ‘am-dram’ – call it what you will but for the vast majority of us that practise it, this is a hobby- albeit a sometimes all-consuming, emotionally fluctuating, midnight oil burning and, very occasionally, potentially lucrative one. And like most hobbies it is only fun when one can get immersed into it. Inclusivity is the key and this has been nowhere better exemplified to me in recent times than in the marvellous youth group production […]