Jonathan studied Drama at Loughborough University before embarking on a career in television. He is a self-proclaimed theatre addict and currently writes reviews as well as being a freelance script reader.
Opening the 2019 National Youth Theatre REP season is Neil Bartlett's adaptation of Great Expectations. With director Mumba Dodwell at the helm, this new take on the novel uses ensemble storytelling to great effect.BWW Review: TICKLE, King's Head Theatre October 20, 2019
Endurance tickling (yes, it's a real thing!) might not seem the most obvious subject matter for a play, however Tickle is actually based, albeit loosely, on fact. Inspired by the documentary Tickled, this new musical comedy is playing at the King's Head Theatre.BWW Interview: George Asprey Talks THE LION KING October 16, 2019
This October marks the 20th anniversary of The Lion King at London's Lyceum Theatre. Premiering way back in 1999, the show has entertained over 16 million people and remains the West End's bestselling stage production and the sixth-longest-running West End musical of all time. To celebrate the show's roaring success (pardon the pun), BroadwayWorld spoke with George Asprey, who plays Scar, about being the villain and why he feels the show is still so well loved after all these years.BWW Review: MISSION CREEP, White Bear Theatre October 20, 2019
'Mission creep' is defined as a gradual shift in objectives, often resulting in an unplanned long-term commitment. Premiering just ahead of Asexual Awareness Week, writer Bee Scott, who is herself asexual, cleverly morphs comedy and science fiction with undertones of horror in this original and engaging play.BWW Review: A PARTNERSHIP, Theatre503 October 3, 2019
Following an acclaimed run at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival, A Partnership plays for a limited time at Battersea's Theatre503. The intimate studio setting works well for a play of this nature, immediately inviting us into the world of its two protagonists.
Written by and starring Rory Thomas-Howes, A Partnership is a sixty minute two-hander set on the eve of Ally's, (Ben Hadfield), thirtieth birthday. The couple have been together for five years but for the past year and a half, Zach (Thomas-Howes) has been sleeping on the sofa, refusing to be intimate with his boyfriend.BWW Review: MUSEUM PIECES, Tristan Bates Theatre October 3, 2019
Museum Pieces consists of four monologues and tells the story of four individuals who are forever changed, perhaps scarred, by a reality television show in which the contestants appear naked. Following on from his successful production of Four Loyalty Cards, this marks writer and director Jamie Christian's second collection of monologues.BWW Review: A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG, Trafalgar Studios October 3, 2019
Claire Skinner and Toby Stephens reunite for the first time in 18 years in Peter Nichols seminal 1960's play about parents coping with a disabled child. Does A Day in the Death of Joe Egg stand the test of time?The Bridge Theatre: What You Need To Know October 15, 2019
Opened in 2017 and founded by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr, who both departed the National Theatre after 12 years, the Bridge Theatre is a 900-seat adaptable auditorium, capable of utilising end-on, thrust and promenade staging. Productions so far include Hytner's immersive Julius Caesar, Alan Bennett's Allelujah!, and one-woman plays starring Maggie Smith and Laura Linney. Coming up this Christmas is Sally Cookson's take on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Here is everything you need to know if you're visiting - from food and drink to transport, ticket deals and accessibility.BWW Interview: Tracy-Ann Oberman Talks MOTHER OF HIM at Park Theatre September 17, 2019
A recognisable face on the screen and stage, Tracy-Ann Oberman has well and truly cemented her extraordinary versatility during a prolific career. Providing us with easily one of EastEnders most iconic character's as the murderous Chrissie Watts, Oberman seems to almost effortlessly switch from drama to comedy with Aunty Val in Friday Night Dinner being another of her much loved creations. Starting her career with the RSC, Oberman has performed in a vast array of plays from Shakespeare to Pinter via Noel Coward.
BroadwayWorld spoke with Oberman about her upcoming play Mother of Him which is at Park Theatre from 18 September.BWW Review: REMEMBER, The Cockpit September 15, 2019
Directed by Lawrence O'Connor, Remember takes us on two very different journeys through grief. Karen's son Thomas has been killed in a cycling accident and we follow her as she undergoes psychotherapy. At the same time, Thomas's wife Elizabeth is also struggling to come to terms with her loss, embarking on a religious route to recovery and acceptance.BWW Review: HOW LOVE IS SPELT, Southwark Playhouse September 8, 2019
So many of us flock to London in search of life, love and adventure and these are the motivations of Peta (Larner Wallace-Taylor), who is new in town and ready for whatever the big smoke has to throw at her, or is she? Set in 2004, How Love Is Spelt also premiered in the same year at the Bush Theatre with this marking its first major revival.BWW Review: STRIPPED, King's Head Theatre September 9, 2019
According to their website, 'Bitter Pill believes the only way to tackle any subject is to first entertain in order to engage. Our work with never seek to lecture unless it has first made people laugh.' They've certainly achieved their objective with their latest effort, Stripped. Written by Hew Rous-Eyre and directed by his co-founder Max Elton, we are offered a fresh perspective on an important, always relevant, issue.BWW Interview: Gabrielle Brooks Talks ANNA BELLA EEMA at Arcola Theatre September 9, 2019
Actress Gabrielle Brooks, who has an impressive and varied amount of credits to her name, took time out of rehearsals to discuss the upcoming UK premiere of Lisa D'Amour's Anna Bella Eema. Brooks portrays Annabella, a child living with her eccentric mother Irene in a deserted trailer park.
BroadwayWorld spoke with Brooks about what drew her to the role, what we can expect from this intriguing production, and all things theatre!Lyric Hammersmith Theatre: What You Need To Know August 12, 2019
Art dealer Richard has a long-term partner named Jane. He has also entered into an affair with Thomasina, a blind woman. When he suddenly loses his sight, Richard's relationships with both women are tested as he struggles to make sense of his new reality. Returning to the home of its original run in 1982, this revival has been made accessible for visually impaired audience members.BWW Review: DAPHNE, TOMMY, THE COLONEL AND PHIL, Union Theatre July 24, 2019
An aged couple discover that their seemingly perfect marriage is not all it appears to be and as the past comes back to haunt them, secrets surface and their lives are changed forever in this slightly surreal domestic comedy But is farce back in fashion or does it fall flat here?BWW Review: GAMES FOR LOVERS, The Vaults July 18, 2019
Written by Ryan Craig, Games for Lovers centres on four individuals looking for sex, love and a well-located flat and so begins a match of rivalry, seduction and one-upmanship.