Robert Tanitch

London reviewer

Robert Tanitch, playwright, author, critic, had the first professional production of one of his plays while he was still up at Oxford. His comedies include Call It Love (London and Vienna), Came the Knight (directed by Trevor Nunn at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry) andHighly Confidential (starring Hermione Gingold in London).

He has written and directed the cassette series, Shakespeare Interviews. He has been the Old Vic’s education projects director and has lectured on Shakespeare and theatre in England, Australia, Indonesia and Kenya.

He is the author of sixteen books on theatre and film, including Ralph Richardson: A TributeOlivierAshcroftGielgudDirk BogardeGuinnessJohn MillsBrandoClint EastwoodThe Unknown James DeanOscar Wilde on Stage and Screen, andLondon Stage in the 20th Century.

His latest book is London Stage in the Nineteenth Century, which is to be launched at the National Theatre in June 2010.

His comedy sketches are featured on YouTube.


Latest reviews

Watson (Simon Kane) and Sherlock Holmes (Max Hutchinson)., Kaufhold/English Theatre Frankfurt

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Adapted by Steven Canny & John Nicholson for Peepolykus from the novel by Arthur Conan Doyle (English Theatre, Frankfurt at Jermyn Street Theatre).
Reviewer: Robert Tanitch

Vincent Finch as Fat Sam, Tristram Kenton

Bugsy Malone

Alan Parker and Paul Williams (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith).
Reviewer: Robert Tanitch

Jamie Ballard (King John), Mark Douet

King John

William Shakespeare (Rose Theatre, Kingston-on-Thames).
Reviewer: Robert Tanitch

The Importance of Being Earnest, Stephen Cummiskey © ROH

The Importance of Being Earnest

Based on text by Oscar Wilde, music and libretto by Gerald Barry (Royal Opera House at Barbican Theatre).
Reviewer: Robert Tanitch

Gemma Arterton (Nell Gwynn) and cast, Tristram Kenton

Nell Gwynn

Jessica Swale (Apollo Theatre).
Reviewer: Robert Tanitch


Evan Placey (National Youth Theatre REP Company at Ambassador’s Theatre).
Reviewer: Robert Tanitch

The Company of Oresteia, Robert Day

The Oresteia

Aeschylus (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre).
Reviewer: Robert Tanitch

Alastair Whatley and Olivia Hallinan, Jack Ladenburg

Flare Path

Terence Rattigan (Richmond Theatre, Surrey).
Reviewer: Robert Tanitch

Calamity Jane, Manuel Harlan

Calamity Jane

Adapted for the stage by Charles K Freeman from a screenplay by James O’Hanlon, music by Sammy Fain, lyrics by Paul Francis Webster (Watermill Theatre at Richmond Theatre).
Reviewer: Robert Tanitch