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

The cast of House, Philip Tull

House and Garden

Alan Ayckbourn (The Watermill at The Watermill Theatre).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

Members of the cast, Scott Rylander

Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare (The Watermill Theatre at The Watermill Theatre).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

Ed MacArthur and Jeremy Legat, Scott Rylander

Murder for Two

Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair (Watermill Theatre in association with Paul Taylor-Mills at Watermill Theatre).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

David Ashley as Brenda, Ryan Thomas as Prince Charming and Louie Westwood as Betty, Peter Dewhurst


Simon Aylin (For One from the Heart and QDOS Theatre at Wyvern Theatre Swindon).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

Sue Holderness as Carabosse,

Sleeping Beauty

Andrew Ryan (Martin Dodd for UK Productions and Anvil Arts at Anvil Basingstoke).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

the Company Cinderella, Alex Harvey-Brown


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

The Company Sleeping Beauty, Philip Tull

Sleeping Beauty

Rufus Norris (Watermill Theatre at Watermill Theatre).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

Alison Reid, Farrows Creative

An Elephant in the Garden

Michael Morpurgo adapted by Simon Reade (Poonamalee Productions and Exeter Northcroft Theatre at Corn Exchange Newbury).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

The Company, Wipers Times, Philip Tull

The Wipers Times

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman (A Trademark Touring and Watermill Theatre Production at Watermill Theatre Newbury).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

The Follies Dancers, Richard Davenport

Crazy For You

Music and lyrics Ira and George Gershwin Book Ken Ludwig (Watermill Theatre Company at Watermill Theatre Newbury).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp