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

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

Derek Griffiths (Hoke Colburn) driving Siân Phillips (Miss Daisy), Nobby Clark, Bath Theatre Royal

Driving Miss Daisy

Alfred Uhry (Theatre Royal Bath at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

James Corrigan (Aufidius) fights Sope Dirisu (Coriolanus), Helen Maybanks, RSC


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

Michael Fabiano (Rodolfo) and Nicole Car (Mimì), Catherine Ashmore, ROH

La Bohème

Puccini (Royal Opera House at Regal cinema, Evesham, and other venues).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Tatania (Natalya Romaniw) watched by the now jealous Onegin (Nicholas Lester), Betina Skovbro, WNO

Eugene Onegin

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Welsh National Opera at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Richard Derrington as the actor Svetlovidov, Bridge Theatre Company

Comedy Chekhov

Anton Chekhov (Bridge Theatre Company at Everyman, Cheltenham).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Sean Murray, John O'Dowd, Sam O'Mahony, Natalie Radmall-Quirke and Louis Dempsey, Marc Brenner

The Weir

Conor McPherson (English Touring Theatre and Mercury Theatre, Colchester at Everyman, Cheltenham).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

The WNO chorus in Khovanshchina, Clive Barda, WNO


Modest Musorgsky (Welsh National Opera at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Billie Piper as Her, Young Vic, Johan Persson


Simon Stone after Federico Garcia Lorca (Young Vic Theatre (NT live) at Regal, Evesham).
Reviewer: Colin Davison