Robin Strapp

Berkshire, Hampshire and Oxford reviewer


Robin trained as a Drama teacher in Cheltenham and taught in Gloucestershire. Whilst directing Gloucestershire Youth Theatre his musical Nova featured at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Robin holds the Guinness book of records nomination for seeing the most number of Fringe shows in 24 hours with his reward presented by a very young Rowan Atkinson. He directed a new musical Judas which received a Royal Premiere in the presence of Princess Anne at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham.

He was an Advisory Teacher for Drama for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham before moving to Berkshire. He has directed over two hundred shows for various companies with performances in such diverse places as The Royal Albert Hall, For the Love of Children for the National Children's Home and The Control Experiment at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden. He devised and directed The Peace Children as part of the Newbury Spring Festival.

He was Head of Drama at the Hurst College and has been Artistic Director of Newbury Youth Theatre for the past 31 years. The company has performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the past 19 years garnering four and five star reviews culminating in the Three Weeks editor's award in 2009 and Broadway Baby's Bobby in 2012.

Robin has reviewed theatre for the Newbury Weekly News for the past 25 years and is a visiting Drama and Performing Arts examiner for OCR.

Latest reviews

Molly Chesworth as Josie and George Parker as Teddy, Scott Rylander


Tristan Bernays with music by Dougal Irvine (The Watermill Theatre and Sarah Loader for Snapdragon Productions at The Watermill Theatre Newbury).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

Andrew Agnew as Smee and Gary Turner as Hook and his crew,

Peter Pan

Julian Lay (Martin Dodd for UK Productions at Anvil Theatre Basingstoke).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

Posy Emma Fraser, Savannah Photographic

Beauty and the Beast

Phil Willmott (The Corn Exchange at The Corn Exchange, Newbury).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

Adam Woodyatt as Captain Hook, Pete Dewhirst

Peter Pan

Adapted by Simon Aylin from J M Barrie (Daryl Black with HQ Theatres at Wyvern Theatre, Swindon).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

Matt Costain and Phoebe Thomas, Donald Cooper and Helen Maybanks

Hetty Feather

Jacqueline Wilson adapted by Emma Reeves (Nuffield Southampton in association with William Archer, Kenny Wax and Novel Theatre at Nuffield Southampton).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

The Cast, Philip Tull

The Borrowers

Mary Norton adapted by Theresa Heskins (The Watermill Theatre at The Watermill Theatre).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

Steffan Cennydd, Ross ford, Charlotte O'Leary and Caroline Sheen, Philip Tull

Under Milk Wood

Dylan Thomas (Watermill Theatre at Watermill Theatre).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

Sinead Matthews, Ian Redford and Aaah Ruddin, Darren Bell


Joe Orton (The Watermill at The Watermill Theatre ).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

Emily Stott, Emma McDonald and Eva Feiler, Philip Tull

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde, adapted by Phoebe Eclair-Powell (Watermill Theatre Company at Watermill Theatre).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

The Company, Philip Tull

A Little Night Music

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler (The Watermill Theatre at The Watermill Theatre).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp