Reviews

Reviews for Brexit The Musical

“Comedy gold: James Dangerfield as Michael Gove and James Witt as Boris Johnson… an exuberant power play with Govey and Boris.” ★★★★ (Daily Business Group)

“How many times in the past year can you say that you felt genuinely sorry for Michael Gove?… The effort and precision that the cast have gone to mimic the movements and speech of each political figure is incredible.” ★★★★★ (Broadway Baby)

“Merciless satire is an unexpected pleasure… Michael Gove (James Dangerfield) swishes around in a tartan bathrobe and fuzzy chipmunk slippers.” ★★★★ (The Times)

“The show is stomach-achingly hilarious, with pointedly perfect caricatures of the main politicians at play.” ★★★★★ (Voice Mag)

Reviews for When You Fall Down

“Entertaining, engaging and full of charm, it’s a very fitting tribute to one of Hollywood’s greatest actor-directors.” ★★★★ (London Pub Theatres)

“‘When You Fall Down’ is a triumph, a must-see for silent film buffs and a gateway for the uninitiated to Buster Keaton’s comic brilliance.” (Binnie Brennan, Keaton scholar and author)

“For anyone who is an admirer of Buster Keaton’s work, loves the silent movie era or just likes a good musical, this show is for you.” (London Pub Theatres)

“James Dangerfield captures the essence of Buster Keaton, one of the greatest film-makers and comic artists in movie history.” (Binnie Brennan, Keaton scholar and author)

“This musical one-man show is performed and written by James Dangerfield, who clearly has a great admiration and depth of knowledge of Keaton and his body of work. There are some neat comedy tricks and re-creations of Keaton’s work.” (London Pub Theatres)

“ ‘When You Fall Down’ is a vivid and convincing portrayal of Keaton during his film-making heyday”. (Binnie Brennan, Keaton scholar and author)

“The music, largely piano, written by James Dangerfield, fits the period and acts as a homage to the live musical accompaniment of the silent movie era. The lyrics are astute and pertinent, and Dangerfield has a strong theatrical voice that carries them well.” (London Pub Theatres)

“Dangerfield’s musical numbers embody the spareness and lighter-than-air qualities of Buster Keaton’s films, evoking a sepia-tinted poignancy as the comedic genius known as ‘The Great Stone Face’ rises above hard knocks both on and off the screen.” (Binnie Brennan, Keaton scholar and author)

“James Dangerfield has chosen moments that tell us what matters to Keaton. In doing so, he employs ways not only to show that Keaton had values of hard work, fidelity in friendship, trust, and pursuing his insight into what could be achieved in film (and where those values came from), but also that evoke Keaton through costume, the grace of movement (and of dance-steps), magical sleight of hand, and, of course, through footage”. (UCFF)

“As Keaton, James Dangerfield presents himself as being very light footed, and he has composed original music that is very sympathetic to the tone-colours of his voice”. (UCFF)

“The optimistic tone of the opening resumes in this number, to end triumphantly – already, the audience was with Dangerfield as Keaton, just as assuredly it was in ‘The Navigator’, a big and inspiring musical number of self-belief .” (UCFF)

“A well-written and very confidently performed and convivial one-man show by James Dangerfield, which deserves to be seen more widely”. (UCFF)

Reviews for Henry V

“James Dangerfield in the title role did a superb job of juxtaposing the young and reckless King Harry’s complex character, shifting between wilfulness, pride and hunger for war, to bouts of fear, anger and self doubt as the Battle of Agincourt looms. He, and the other actors, were also adept at slipping from emotionally charged scenes to the mood- lightening escapades of the smaller players, such as Pistol, Nym and Bardolph.” (The Hague Online)

“James Dangerfield as Henry was powerful and imposing.” (The Brighton Argus)

“It was remarkable how easily James Dangerfield slipped from the role of Henry to that of Nym, and how utterly different he became.” (South Oregon University)

“A bearded James Dangerfield (who also played a particularly splendid Nym) was a fine Henry… The great speeches were made to come over perfectly- ‘Once more unto the breech’ was done in the midst of real smoke, and ‘St Crispin’s Day’ was beautifully articulated.” (This is Nottingham)

“James Dangerfield as the young king maintained a martial pitch of some intensity throughout, his rousing speeches infused with go-get-’em vigour.” (Friends of Queens Park)

“James Dangerfield in the title role… produces an outstanding portrayal of a man imbued, to the point of obsession, with a belief in the importance of his kingship, his England and his words- and all these in God’s name. With an appropriate trace of a Welshness in his voice he revels in every syllable and drew spontaneous applause for some of Henry’s most famous soliloquies, notably the St Crispin’s Day speech.” (Lytham Express)

“One place where a quieter approach was used very effectively was in Henry’s meditation on the burdens of kingship, which James Dangerfield was in fine contrast to his strongly projected Heroic speeches.” (This is Somerset)

Reviews for The Taming of The Shrew

“James Dangerfield leads the way, using facial expressions superbly as both Lucentio and Katherine.” (Lancashire Evening Post)

“The tall, skinny chap played the shrew Katherine brilliantly, being the seething angry sister that everyone is scared of.” (Silvertraveladvisor.com)

Reviews for As You Like It

“A cast of five shared the roles with Theresa Brockway and James Dangerfield both outstanding as star-crossed lovers Rosalind and Orlando.” (Wales online)

“Highlights were some frantic pantomime between Kevin James’ Touchstone and James Dangerfield’s Audrey (who also was a decent Orlando).” (Brighton Argus)

“There was a lot of fun, for instance between Orlando (James Dangerfield) and Rosalind, when she was masquerading as a man…And a lot of laughs came from Audrey, the goatherd (Dangerfield).” Nottingham Post

Reviews for Pantomime

“James Dangerfield excels as a very watchable Wishee Washee”. (The Stage)

“James Dangerfield was a well matched ‘side-kick’ as Wishee Washee and I admired his easy humour, ready smile and the audience were instantly on his side, as should be the case with a comedy role. ” (Break a Leg Review)

“The role of Buttons, played by James Dangerfield in a very touching performance, emphasises a lot more the friendship and devotion that he offers to Cinders. He does, of course, get comic moments, particularly when he appears with the Ugly Sisters.” (The Sussex Newspaper)

“James Dangerfield is the most likeable, comical, vocally proficient Dandini I’ve seen, his native Lancashire accent is as warm as his rapport with the audience.” (Derbyshire Times)

“It is James Dangerfield as Dandini who catches the eye with an apparent flair for delivering the funnies.” (The Stage)

“James Dangerfield plays Dandini with considerable stage presence. He can act, sing and dance.” (Artsbeat)

“There are fine vocal performances too from James Dangerfield as Dandini.” (The Stage)

Reviews for Free as Air

“The Paparazzi trio of Kane Verrall, Anthony Harris and James Dangerfield, previously in character as island yokels, excel in the execution of a saucy lyric, ‘Geraldine’.” (Musical Theatre Review)

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