Colin Davison

Midlands and South West reviewer

Colin Davison edited regional daily newspapers for 30 years, and during that time also reviewed drama and opera as a pastime, including every production at the RSC since 1998.

He is the author of Through the Magic Door, a biography of Ursula Moray Williams, creator of children's classics such as Gobbolino the Witch's Cat and Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse.  It was published in 2011 by the then Northumbria (University) Press.

He is married to Maggie, another retired journalist, and lives in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire.  They have two children, musician Matthew and fashion designer Sophie.  

Latest reviews

Bob Cratchit (Gerard Carey) with Tiny Tim (Che Grant) and company, Manuel Harlan, RSC

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens, adapted by David Edgar (Royal Shakespeare Company at Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Cicero (Richard McCabe) addresses the Senate, Ikin Yum, RSC

Imperium I and II

Robert Harris, adapted by Mike Poulton (Royal Shakespeare Company at Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Lt Pearson left (George Kemp), Capt Roberts 4th from left (James Dutton) and Sgt Tyler (Dan Mersh) right, Watermill Theatre

The Wipers Times

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman (Trademark Touring and Watermill Production at Everyman, Cheltenham).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Malvolio (Adrian Edmondson) hoodwinked by Sir Andrew (Michael Cochrane), Fabia (Sarah Twomey)  and Sir Toby (John Hodgkinson), Fabia (Sarah Twomey), Manuel Harlan, RSC

Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare (Royal Shakespeare Company at Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Make it a large one - Billy (David Benson) obliges HRH (Harriet Thorpe), Roy Tan

A Princess Undone

Richard Stirling (Entico at Festival Theatre, Malvern).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Go fly your kite, Betty Laura Zapata

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini, adapted by Matthew Spangler (UK Productions and Flying Entertainment, Nottingham Playhouse and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse at Everyman, Cheltenham).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Laurence Fox as Henry and Flora Spencer-Longhurst as Annie, Edmond Terakopian, Bath Theatre Royal

The Real Thing

Tom Stoppard (Theatre Royal, Bath at Festival Theatre, Malvern).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Chipo Chung (Dido) and Sandy Grierson (Aeneas), Topher McGrillis, RSC

Dido, Queen of Carthage

Christopher Marlowe (Royal Shakespeare Company at Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon).
Reviewer: Colin Davison