Press

Jack and The Beanstalk

“Staggeringly good on all levels… musical director Christopher Peake works wonders in the pit”
★★★★★
Lesley Bates, The Stage

Henry V

“A version of Herny V that the Bard would have paid to see.”
John Cooper, The Times

“Dotted throughout the piece lie Christopher Peake’s thoughtful compositions, based upon reworked poems of AE Houseman. The vocal work here is truly beautiful, and the juxtaposition of the impending war married with clear tenor voices exploding into ringing harmony fills the church to its very corners.”
★★★★
Scott Stait, The Public Reviews

But the use of music is arguably the most emotive element here. Musical director Christopher Peake has reworked poems from AE Housman’s 1896 collection ‘A Shropshire Lad’ to great dramatic effect (the directors were in turn inspired by a song cycle based on six of Housman’s poems by George Butterworth, who himself met his end at the Somme in 1916).”
★★★★
Jim Ranger, Downstage Centre

Chess

“Unmissable.”
★★★★★
Michael Convey, WhatsOnStage

“Difficult, brilliant work at its finest.”
★★★★
Simon Edge, The Express

“Simon Lambert’s six piece band… have a whale of a time with Christopher Peake’s superb new arrangements.”
★★★★
Frontrowdress.com

“[The] timeless score… benefits from the crisp musical arrangement of Christopher Peake which adds refreshingly contemporary zing.”
★★★★
Sandra Giorgetti, British Theatre Guide

“This production of Chess, in short, has all the right moves to make this Cold War musical feel red hot.”
Mark Shenton, The Stage

NewsRevue Edinburgh 2011

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“Miss this show at your peril”
★★★★★
Adam Elms, WhatsOnStage

“Laugh Riot… NewsRevue deserves its awesome reputation and is unmissable”
★★★★★
William Summerlin, Broadway Baby

A Man of No Importance

“Best 6 Musicals of 2009”
Mark  Shenton, The Stage

“This musical transfer [sends] a flood of warmth through the stalls… as the mirror of art is held up to the hard realities and poetry of everyday life.”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

The Mikado

“Best of all with this production is the quality of the singing under Christopher Peake’s musical direction.”
Mark Shenton, The Stage

Without orchestral back-up, the music also feels revivified.  Overall this is great fun delivered quite, quite brilliantly.”
★★★★★ Critics Choice
Andrew Hayden, Time Out

“All you need to know is this Mikado is supreme with some staggering singing.”
★★★★
Radica Anikpe, WhatsOnStage

“The noise the chorus makes is the loveliest I’ve head for months and would be the envy of most West End shows. This production team is going places.”
★★★★
Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard