Persuasion

Persuasion

Original novel by Jane Austen, adapted  by Stephanie Dale. 

Produced by Theatre6 & Catherine Schreiber

 

Windsor Theatre Royal, Liverpool Playhouse, Winchester Theatre Royal, Marine Theatre Lyme Regis, Pomegranate Chesterfield, The Poole Lighthouse, Brighton Fringe Festival.

May  -Oct 2018 

Direction by Kate McGregor

Design by Charlotte Cooke

Lighting by Sherry Coenen

Sound by Paul Freeman

 

Cast: Ceri-Lyn Cissone, Matthew Atkins, Siobhán Gerrard, Indigo Griffiths, Jason Ryall and Lucinda Turner.

★★★★★“Persuasion is a timeless story of love, relationships and social etiquette and this adaptation tells the story brilliantly” What’s Good To Do

 

★★★★★“Captivating. Full of emotion and drama” Windsor Express

 

★★★★“Joyous, poignant, lively and very funny” Wirral Globe

 

★★★★★“Breathtaking, bold, beautiful” Slough Observer

 

“The small cast perform with impressive dexterity” Liverpool ECHO

 

★★★★“Fantastic…featuring some wonderfully gifted actor-musicians, a solid script, and well-planned and paced direction, Persuasion does not disappoint.’” London Theatre

 

“There should be no need to persuade anyone to go to the Playhouse Theatre, Persuasion is its own reward”
Liverpool Sound and Vision

 

“Stephanie Dale’s adaptation is faithful, reverential in all the right ways and puts the comedy of manners, etiquette and romantic procedure front and centre.” Liverpool Underlined

 

“Perfectly pleasant” Northern Soul

 

★★★★★“Polished, relentlessly appealing & brimming with talent” Broadway Baby

 

★★★★“Very impressive” Upper Circle​​​​​​​

 

★★★★★“uniformly excellent cast…a play to put a smile on your face and a warmth in your heart. Jane Austen would be proud of this adaptation…” Carns Theatre Passion

 

“Persuasion is an absolute gem of theatre production.” The Sphinx

Gabriel

Gabriel

By Moira Buffini

Produced by Theatre6 & Catherine Schreiber

 

Richmond Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse, Greenwich Theatre, Yvonne Arnaud Guildford, Theatre Clywd, Devonshire Park, Theatre Royal Windsor

March  - May 2017 

Direction by Kate McGregor

Design by Carla Goodman

 

Cast: Venice De Someren, Belinda Lang, Jules Melvin, Robin Morrisey, Paul McGann and Sarah Schonbeck.

British Theatre Guide "Every aspect of this production is outstanding and a spellbound audience are given ample reminders about the darker side of human nature, and a chilling insight of the impact of war on ordinary people."

4 Stars "A rewarding, haunting evening" The Telegraph

4 Stars "Thought-provoking" The Times

4 Stars "Superbly acted. A joy to watch." Mail on Sunday

5 Stars "Extraordinary piece of storytelling" Echo

5 Stars "Gripping from start to finish. Utterly brilliant."

Wirral Globe

4 Stars Broadway World

4 Stars Good News Liverpool

5 Stars North West End

5 Stars Lowdown Magazine

5 Stars "Kate McGregor has masterfully crafted this brilliant piece of writing into a humorous and harrowing evening of entertainment. Her approach is subtle and personable, focusing on the lengths people will go to in war to get what they need. To paraphrase one of Buffini’s many truisms in the play’s text, in war we are not governed by the law but by force; and this powerful display of feminine strength is a real force to be reckoned with." The Reviews Hub

 

4 Stars "Kate McGregor’s smooth direction exploits the drama to its fullest, creating a genuinely exciting piece of storytelling"

The Stage
 

 

The Scottsboro Boys

The Scottsboro Boys

By Kander and Ebb

 

The Garrick Theatre

October 2014 - February 2015 

Produced by Catherine Schreiber, Paula Marie Black, The Young Vic &Theatre6

 

Music and Lyics by John Kander and Fred Ebb

Book by David Thompson

Direction and choreography by Susan Stroman

 

Cast: Joshua Da Costa, Brandon Victor Dixon, Colman Domingo, Julian Glover, Dawn Hope, Emmanuel Kojo, James T Lane, Dex Lee, Forrest McClendon, Keenan Munn-Francis, Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton, Emile Ruddock, Carl Spencer, Richard Pitt, Jacade Simpson, Luke Wilson, Marcia Lecky and Andrew McDonald.

 

WINNER Best Musical

Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2014
 

WINNER Best Musical Critics Circle Awards 2014

5 Stars: "Brave, brilliant and unmissable. I urge you to buy a ticket" The Times
5 Stars: "The best musical of the year" Sunday Express
5 Stars: "Fantas, tic. Not to be missed" Daily Express
5 Stars: "Extraordinary and unforgettable" Metro

Dracula

Dracula

By Bram Stoker

 

Adapted by Kate McGregor

Produced by Theatre6 & Open Book Theatre

 

Tour to London libraries,  Oct  - Nov 2014

West Greenwich, Canning Town, Watney Market, Westminster Reference, Mitcham,  Pollards Hill

 

Direction by Kate McGregor, Design by Carla Goodman, Music by David Knight,  Stage Management by Ariel Harrison

Cast: David Knight, Thomas Judd, Nicky Diss, Vicky Gaskin, Eleanor Cope, Holly Campbell, Felix Trench, Joseph Treager and Jamie Treacher

 

"This production is intimate and engaging, and an event not to be missed....This performance is also sticking two fingers up to the funding cuts which are resulting in libraries being closed, as these shows prove that the library is a not only used for knowledge but also as a place of entertainment and culture which cannot be gleaned online in the same way. It is these events that bring people together which demonstrate why we need to save our libraries. **** FOUR STARS, A Younger Theatre

 

"The story of Dracula was recounted in and around the audience,..The cast moved from the space in the centre of the seats to roaming around behind us; the show kept moving, flitting back and forth between the events of the book...this was a great way to adapt the book and it was a great use of a library, as well as highlighting the connection between the great works of literature and the vital place libraries have in our society." Clandestine Critic (David Norman)

 

 

Honest

Honest

By Alice Nicholas

 

UK Tour Sept - Oct 2014

Salisbury Playhouse, New Wimbledon Theatre Studio, Alma Tavern (Bristol), Brighton Emporium, Courtyard Theatre (London), The Rondo (Bath), Hat Factory (Luton), 

 

Direction by Kate McGregor, Design by James Turner, Music by Danyal Dhondy, Lighting by Will Evans, 

 

Cast: Emma Ballantine, Layton Daws & Sophie Knight

 

"Honest is proof that this nationwide cross-fertilisation of talent can bring exceptional projects to fruition.**** FOUR STARS Female Arts

 

"...a truly stunning show that kept the audience gripped throughout with an emotional rollercoaster that mirrored the reality of teenage life." ***** FIVE STARS Salisbury Journal

 

"Electric new play...with a very talented young cast...incredible" **** FOUR STARS View London

 

Moments

Moments

Music & Lyrics by Maria Haik Escudero

Book & Direction by Kate McGregor

 

Concert performance at Chichester Festival Theatre

3 September 2014,

 

Direction by Kate McGregor, Music by Maria Haik 

Produced by Oliver Mackwood for Chichester Festival Theatre & Theatre6

 

Cast: Holly Campbell,  Joyce Greenaway, Lucinda Lawrence, Adam Margilewski, Johnathan Bourne, James Doughty.

 

Musical Director: Greg Arrowsmith

Mr Happiness & The Water Engine

Mr Happiness & The Water Engine

By David Mamet

 

Old Vic Tunnels, Screening Room. June - July 2011

Direction by Kate McGregor, Music by Maria Haik Escudero, Design by Carla Goodman & Amy Cook. Produced by Theatre6, MokitaGrit Productions and Oliver Mackwood

 

Time Out Critic's Choice, Nominated for Time Out Fringe Show of the Year 2011.

 

Time Out Critic's Choice **** FOUR STARS  "McGregor and cast tell this elegiac fable with impressive clarity."

 

"Just MAGNIFICENT. I implore you to see this show above any other." ***** FIVE STARS DramaTalk

 

"The current must see piece of theatre in London...an INVENTIVE, VITAL piece of theatre that deserves to be seen. So GO AND SEE IT." ***** FIVE STARS Remotegoat 

 

"Beautifully delivered...SUPERB performances" ***** FIVE STARS View London

 

"ENCHANTING...McGregor's frequently BEWITCHING production does full justice to the power of Mamet's writing." **** FOUR STARS Exeunt Magazine

 

 

Beyond Therapy

Beyond Therapy

By Christopher Durang

 

Hen and Chickens Theatre, June - July 2010

 

Direction by Kate McGregor, Music by Maria Haik Escudero, Design by Carla Goodman

 

"Beyond Therapy positively sparkles with freshness and energy." Remote Goat **** FOUR STARS

“One of the best comedies I’ve seen in a very long time. The writing was sharp, witty and genuinely humorous; the performances were impeccable…” Beyond Therapy, reviewed by Jafar Iqbal / Extra! Extra!

 

 

The Double

The Double

By Fydor Dostoevsky

Adapted for the stage by Kate McGregor

 

White Bear Theatre, March - April 2010

 

Direction by Kate McGregor, Music & lyrics by Maria Haik Escudero, Design by Amy Cook

 

“This is an ensemble triumph…McGregor deserves high praise for her skillful management of such a muti-sensory, textually rich and ambitious production.” Remote Goat **** FOUR STARS

 

“McGregor’s production is stylish and confident, there are excellent set pieces – scenes performed in fast forwards; flashes of the nightmarish interior of Golyadkin’s mind…” Time Out *** THREE STARS

 

"Theatre 6, have produced a real gem in this adaptation...a cast of eleven actors and musicians succeed in creating a stark, oppressive and nightmarish feel which suits the story perfectly." Remote Goat **** FOUR STARS

 

Photo credit Joyce Greenaway