Mary Mazzilli

London reviewer

Writer, theatre and fiction critic, researcher and academic in Theatre and China.

She holds a PhD in Chinese and Comparative Literature at SOAS, London on Gao Xingjian and Martin Crimp‟s plays and has lectured in Chinese Theatre and Films at SOAS and Women's writing at Goldsmith College.

She is currently a Lecturer in Drama and theatre at University of Essex. She also lectured in Theatre at Goldsmiths College, and was a  postdoctoral fellow in the Division of English at Nanyang Tech University in Singapore. 

Gao Xingjian's post-exile plays, a monograph on Gao Xingjian and postdramatic theatre, is published with Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. 

As a playwright, Mary started writing plays in 2001, training first at Soho Theatre and then at the Royal Court.

Magical Chairs was staged at the Southwark Playhouse and at People's Theatre as part of the Beijing International Fringe Festival (2011)
Credits: Old Bags at the New Wimbledon Studio; Attempts on a Missing Chair (Old Red Lion, Camden People's theatre) Wrong Sleep (Cock Tavern Theatre; Etcettera Theatre).

She wrote plays for Hampstead Theatre (Generator project in 2004), Blue Elephant Theatre (Cavemen, 2005) and other small London based theatre companies.

She has published a book in Italian together with Addolorata Cagnazzo- Riflessioni di un Viaggio-published by Levante. She also writes and has published poems and short-stories.

As a critic, she has contributed to The Times Literary Supplement, Art Desk, Theatre Voice, and What's on Stage. She is also owner and founder of Lumenis Theatre Company, emerging multicultural touring theatre company based in London.


Latest reviews

Danny Childs, Gary Mackay, Robert Day

Farm Boy

Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Daniel Buckroyd (Mercury Theatre at Mercury Theatre).
Reviewer: Mary Mazzilli

Rebecca Boey, Dashti Jahfar

The Pulverised

Alexandra Badea (Trans. by Lucy Phelps) (Arcola Theatre, Changing Face and York Theatre Royal at Arcola Theatre).
Reviewer: Mary Mazzilli


Philippe Saire, Oliver Zahn and Sotterraneo (BE FESTIVAL at New Wolsey Theatre).
Reviewer: Mary Mazzilli

Chinglish - Candy Ma, Richard Davenport for The Other Richard


David Henry Hwang (Tim Johanson Productions in association with Julie Clare Productions, Arion Productions and Park Theatre at Park Theatre).
Reviewer: Mary Mazzilli

Bang Bang

John Cleese / Georges Feydeau (Mercury Theatre Colchester / John Cleese at Mercury Theatre Colchester).
Reviewer: Mary Mazzilli

Muna (Adelayo Adebayo) , David Sandison

Cuttin' It

Charlene James (Young Vic/Royal Court at Young Vic Theatre).
Reviewer: Mary Mazzilli

A Secret Life

Tamara Micner (Baseless Fabric Theatre at Theatre 503).
Reviewer: Mary Mazzilli

Alice McCarthy and David Benson as Boris, @RWD16

Boris World King

Tom Crawshaw (KPS productions at Trafalgar Studio 2).
Reviewer: Mary Mazzilli

Ciarán Owens, Helen Warner

The Brink

Brad Birch (Orange Tree Theatre).
Reviewer: Mary Mazzilli