Sheila Connor

South east reviewer

Sheila trained as a dance teacher on the Royal Academy of Dancing's three year course, then taught ballet, ballroom and Latin American for a few years before marriage, a child, and a move to Sussex got in the way.

She was involved in Market Research for Mass Observation for some time, sold books on a party plan scheme, and spent several years working as an interviewer at Gatwick Airport on the International Passenger Survey.

Taking up theatre reviewing happened several years ago and almost by accident, beginning with Theatreworld, What's on Stage, UK Theatrenet, The West Sussex County Times and now the British Theatre Guide.

Latest reviews

Natasha J Barnes as Fanny Brice, Manuel Harlan

Funny Girl - the Musical

Music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill, book by Isobel Lennart from an original story by Miss Lennart, revised book by Harvey Fierstein (Menier Chocolate Factory at New Victoria Theatre, Woking).
Reviewer: Sheila Connor

David Acton and Matthew Spencer as Mr Kipps and The Actor,

The Woman in Black

Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the novel by Susan Hill (PW Productions Ltd at New Victoria Theatre, Woking).
Reviewer: Sheila Connor

Laura Pitt-Pulford as Nell Gwynn,

Nell Gwynn

Jessica Swale (Shakespeare's Globe at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford).
Reviewer: Sheila Connor

Clive Mantle and Jack Shepherd as Frank Galvin and Moe  Katz,

The Verdict

Barry Reed (The Middle Ground Theatre Company Ltd at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford).
Reviewer: Sheila Connor

Liza Goddard as Betty,

A Passionate Woman

Kay Mellor (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford).
Reviewer: Sheila Connor

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine, Manuel Harlan

Shirley Valentine

Willy Russell (Adam Spiegel at New Victoria Theatre, Woking).
Reviewer: Sheila Connor

Cast of Out of Order,

Out of Order

Ray Cooney (Tom O’Connell productions, Debbie Hicks Productions and Laurence Myers at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford).
Reviewer: Sheila Connor

The cast of Rent, Matt Crockett

Rent - the Musical

Book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson (Robert Macintosh and Idill Theatricals Ltd for Rent 20th Anniversary Productions Ltd at New Victoria Theare, Woking).
Reviewer: Sheila Connor

Ben Roddy as Peter,

The Sound of Murder

William Fairchild (Talking Scarlet at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford).
Reviewer: Sheila Connor

Jessi Elgood and Sarah and Evan Sutton as Sky Masterson, Mark Dean

Guys and Dolls

Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser (Guildford School of Acting at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford).
Reviewer: Sheila Connor