Melissa Poll

Melissa is currently a PhD candidate at Royal Holloway and a recipient of the college's Reid Research Scholarship.  After completing her BFA and MA at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, she began working as a freelance critic and theatre lecturer.  Melissa's reviews of English, French and Quebecois theatre have appeared in The Vancouver Sun and as well as the British Theatre Guide.

Latest reviews

Foreground: Owen (Cian Barry) and Manus (CiarĂ¡n O'Brien); background: Yolland (James Northcote) and Captain Lancey (Paul Cawley), Mark Douet


Brian Friel (English Touring Theatre, Sheffield Theatre and Rose Productions at Rose Theatre).
Reviewer: Melissa Poll

Simon Coates (Tate), James Dutton (Taylor), Nicholas Rowe (Buckle), John Hodgkinson (Sainsbury), Jamie Glover (Headingly), Alastair Muir

Donkeys' Years

Michael Frayn (Rose Theatre Kingston).
Reviewer: Melissa Poll

Daniel Poyser and Jimmy Akingbola, Richard Hubert Smith

The Island

Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona (Young Vic at The Clare at the Young Vic).
Reviewer: Melissa Poll

Paul Rundell as Bluebeard, Paul Blakemore


Hattie Naylor (Gallivant at Soho Theatre).
Reviewer: Melissa Poll

Michael Begley and June Watson, Marc Brenner

Mrs Lowry & Son

Martyn Hesford (Moya Productions Ltd at Trafalgar Studios, Studio 2).
Reviewer: Melissa Poll

Ian Bailey as Brian,

Heaven in Berlin

Ciaran McConville (Hobo Theatre at Testbed1, Battersea).
Reviewer: Melissa Poll

Florence Hall, Kelly Hunter, Mark Quartley, Simon Annand


Henrik Ibsen (The Rose Theatre & English Touring Theatre at The Rose Theatre, Kingston).
Reviewer: Melissa Poll

Ralf Little (Bri) and Rebecca Johson (Sheila), Simon Annand

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Peter Nichols (Rose Theatre Kingston and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse at Rose Theatre Kingston).
Reviewer: Melissa Poll


On Approval

Frederick Lonsdale (Jermyn Street Theatre).
Reviewer: Melissa Poll