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The Three Musketeers, St Paul’s Church Covent Garden – Review

Iris Theatre's The Three Musketeers (courtesy Nick Rutter) (11)

Pros: The characters, the cast, the venue… do I need to go on? Cons: There are no loos on site, so don’t overdo it on the interval drinks! Iris Theatre’s shows at Saint Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, also affectionately known as the Actor’s Church, are one of those fixtures of the summer theatre calendar. After a foray into darker realms last year with Macbeth, the company is back on familiar, family-friendly ground with The Three Musketeers. This adaptation by ...

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The Tempest, St Paul’s Church Yard – Review

Iris Theatre's The Tempest, St. Paul's Church (Paul Brendan, Prince Plockey and Reginald Edwards) - courtesy of Nick Rutter

Pros: All the advantages of being outside in a garden space helping to create a magical atmosphere – flowers, breeze, full moon in a clear sky. Cons: All the disadvantages of being outside in a garden space, spoiling the magical atmosphere – pollen, noises off, helicopters. Right in the heart of Covent Garden, St Paul’s Church Yard is a cool space even on one of the hottest days of the summer, shade provided by the surrounding buildings and a gentle breeze.  Being ...

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Hansel and Gretel and the Witch Baba Yaga, St Paul’s Church – Review

Credit: Nick Rutter

Pros: This is entertaining, creative, eye-catching and full of good moral values. Cons: The merging of two-well known stories adds a great deal of complication. As something of an Iris Theatre super-fan, I couldn’t wait to review their latest offering, a kid-friendly production of Hansel and Gretel and the Witch Baba Yaga, in the charming St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden. The format matches their previous outstanding productions, as the audience is led through a wonderland of stages and scenes both ...

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Running Mate, Iris Theatre – Review

Credit: Everything Theatre

Pros: Intelligent idea in a knock out venue Cons: It didn’t live up to my expectations as the songs didn’t fit naturally and the execution was lacking After the initial shock of how beautiful the inside of St Pauls Church is, I took a pew and waited for the lights to dim. The promise of a political musical is always one to get me excited but unfortunately this one just didn’t deliver. The concept alone of highlighting the place of ...

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Much Ado About Nothing, St Paul’s Church – Review

Credit: Hannah Barton

Pros: A charming and talented cast performing one of Shakespeare’s best comedies. Cons: Appalling weather taking the shine off an otherwise brilliant production. So have we got everything? Excellent cast: check; delightful venue: check; sparkling comedy: check and the weather….? Oh what wretched luck for Iris Theatre, one of the finest purveyors of outdoor plays. When I was last at St Paul’s Church I saw them stage a spellbinding version of Richard III, which bathed in hot sunshine. This time ...

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Julius Caesar, St Paul’s Church

William ShakespearePresented by Iris Theatre ★★★★ Pros: Great work by the actors and directors on making sure the Shakespearean language is understandable to all. Wonderful scenery including the use of lights and haze to set the mood of the play. Cons: Shakespeare does it again with the length of the play – too long! Especially as roughly 200 people have to move from stage to stage in between scenes. Our Verdict: A step up for Iris Theatre who are improving ...

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