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

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


Professional ***

Charlotte Cromie (CUSP at theSpace on the Mile).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

Bunker Girls,

Bunker Girls ***

Michael Punter (Raiser Theatre at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp


Testosterone ****

Kit Redstone and Rhum and Clay (Rhum and Clay Theatre Company at Pleasance Courtyard).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

The Staff Room,

The Staff Room ***

Michelle Payne (Path 22 at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

Buzz: A New Musical,

Buzz: A New Musical ****

Robyn Grant (Fat Rascal Theatre at Pleasance Courtyard).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp