RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET 

25 Anniversary UK No1 Tour

 

'A brilliant Doctor Prospero, too, in Jonathan Markwood, who’s played genuine Shakespeare in this theatre, and has great fun giving us both his Lear and his “King”.'

Michael Gray - Public Reviews ***** (Five Stars)

 

'A wonderfully Machiavellian Dr. Prospero, played by Jonathan Markwood'

Dan Zbijowski, UK Theatre Network

 

‘There is real glee in it, a lovely barking-mad evocation by Jonathan Markwood as Prospero in Rupert Bear trousers and a frock-coat’

Libby Purves, Theatrecat.com (Brighton)

 

'Amongst the retro mayhem Jonathan Markwood as Prospero injects the full weight of an RSC production with his great voice and statesman like performance.'

Geof Grant, behindthearras.com (Birmingham)

 

‘Jonathan Markwood’s excellent mad scientist Dr Prospero’

Heather Flood The Argus, Brighton

 

'Jonathan Markwood, divertingly deranged as Prospero’

Sam Marlow, The Times

 

'Shows do not come much zanier. Soon we are into a madcap plot about a spacecraft crashing on a mystery planet run by a Doctor Who - style figure called Dr Prospero (Jonathan Markwood)'

Quentin Letts, Daily Mail

 

'Jonathan Markwood's imposing Dr Prospero'

Susan King, Sussex Express

 

'Jonathan Markwood is a great protagonist as Prospero, strutting the stage in Dr Who-like tartan trews.'

Cameron Lowe, uktheatre.net (Kings Theatre, Glasgow)

 

'Star turns include Jonathan Markwood as a maniacal Dr Prospero.. Dr Prospero’s demented “All Shook Up” is a particular highlight..'

Genni Trickett londontheatre1.com (Wimbledon) ***** (Five Stars)

 

'A standout performance comes from Jonathan Markwood, who plays brilliant and unhinged Dr Prospero. His facial ticks and commanding voice convey just the right amount of madness.

Essential Surrey, Aliya Al Hassan (Wimbledon)

 

'Dr Prospero (Jonathan Markwood) is another highly alternative portrayal of a well-known Shakespeare stalwart. His extraordinary version of Elvis Presley’s All Shook Up is worth the ticket price alone.'

Tina Squatley Thrust, The Upcoming (Wimbledon)

 

'..when it is funny, it’s very entertaining – Jonathan Markwood’s crazy eyes as Doctor Prospero are to die for..'

Oughtobeclowns.blog (Wimbledon)

 

'It really starts to kick in when Dr Prospero first appears on the screen. Jonathan Markwood delivers the verse perfectly with his beautifully rich voice, merging seamlessly into "Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood".'

David Chadderton British Theatre Guide (Manchester)

 

'A special mention has to go Jonathan Markwood, who had a mesmerizing stage presence as Dr. Prospero and had a definite likeness to his professional namesake, Doctor Who.'

Grace Darlingtonvisual.com

 

'Jonathan Markwood excels as the crazy mad scientist Dr Prospero throughout'

Phil Lowe Public Reviews Leicester 

 

'Characters that particularly stand out include Dr Prospero – played by Jonathan Markwood – who elicits a huge cheer from the audience on his appearance, and an even bigger cheer when singing' 

Beth Steer Public Reviews Cardiff 

 

LENNON

Royal Court Liverpool

 

'Jonathan Markwood deserves special mention for his energetic and often remarkable performance as a whole host of characters from The Beatles’ back story, including among many others George Martin and Ed Sullivan.'

John Matthews - Liverpool Life, JMU Journalism

 

'Jonathan Markwood offers lovely vignettes as everyone from Bob Wooler to Ed Sullivan to Elton John in a production with a big, big heart.'

Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo

 

'Jonathan Markwood filled in all the other roles from Bob Wooler to George Martin – his entry in the programme takes up four lines – deftly switching between accents and personalities.'

Liverpool Daily Post

 

'The multi-part performance of Jonathan Markwood ensured that the laughs were shared around.'

Liverpool Live

 

'Hardest working of all is Jonathan Markwood with nine roles, all very funny from Bob Wooler and Ed Sullivan to Herr Koschmider and a hilarious Elton John.'

Liverpool Confidential

 

'Jonathan Markwood who glues the piece together with several supporting roles, from Ed Sullivan to George Martin to Elton John.'

Onstage Liverpool

 

'...a consistent thread of humour through canny impersonations of everyone from Bob Wooler to Ed Sullivan to a camp Elton John by the multi-tasking Jonathan Markwood.'

Liverpool Echo

 

Jonathan Markwood was tremendous. (He) never seemed to be off stage as he played every other part going including a super version of American legendary host Ed Sullivan.'

Ian D. Hall - Liverpool Sound & Vision

 

LAUREL & HARDY: SONS OF THE DESERT

Royal Court Liverpool

 

'In a tribute to the Laurel and Hardy British stage tours, director Ken Alexander also provides a first half variety show with an excellent Eric Morecambe-like compere from Jonathan Markwood'

Dan Kay -Liverpool Daily Post

 

'A splendid job by Jonathan Markwood who plays Frank Feller, the compere for the show, a definite crowd pleaser with his easy banter and one liners.'

Janie Philips - Click Liverpool

 

'It’s a tongue-in-cheek nod to a time before mass appeal television and the internet, when brassy broads twirling flaming batons (Fox), cheesy comics (the versatile Jonathan Markwood telling groansome gags with an Eric Morecambe delivery)'

Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo

 

NOISES OFF

Royal Court Liverpool

 

'The cast of nine show off their many talents, standing out, Jonathan Markwood as the Director who refers to himself as God and dates the lead actress...The fast paced comedy is a true success.'

Sarah Daniels - WhatsOnStage

 

'In lesser hands the timing of the piece would be lost but the male relationships onstage Jonathan Markwood’s Lloyd Dallas, Stephen Fletcher’s irresistible Gary LeJeune and Chris Jordan’s Frederick Fellows was at its most destructive and brilliant best.'

Ian D. Hall - Liverpool Sound & Vision

 

'Under the eye of leather-clad director Lloyd (Jonathan Markwood), they fluff and stutter their way through the preposterous and implausible sardine-strewn Brian Rix-lite farce ...“That’s farce, that’s theatre, that’s life,” shrugs the weary Lloyd... right on the nail.'

Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo

 

'Jonathan Markwood as Lloyd and Chris Jordan rock up with performances worthy of any production and it can only be hoped that it won’t be too long before we see them all on The Royal Court Stage again.'

Click Liverpool - Chris High

 

'Act One revolves around the chaotic rehearsal with director Lloyd Dallas (Jonathan Markwood) periodically marching up and down the Royal Court's aisles to address his clueless charges up onstage. He must have had a hunch it's all going to go horribly wrong. And it does...All of their timing is perfect in yet another Court production that zooms along at a high speed that sometimes leaves you scurrying to keep up with the action...The entire set of players are superb'

Mike Chapple - Liverpool Condifential

A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM

Ludlow Shakespeare Festival

 

'Jonathan Markwood's Oberon cuts a commanding figure'

Alfred Hickling The Guardian

 

PETER PAN

Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch

 

'Carlton’s role allocation doubles Barrie with Captain Hook (the excellent Jonathan Markwood)'

Anne Morley Priestman What's Onstage

 

'Jonathan Markwood, with his lovely bass singing voice, doubles as JM Barrie and Hook '

Susan Elkin, The Stage

 

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch

 

‘Jonathan Markwood, a suave Holmes in the Brett mould, both the Stapletons, the totally bonkers baddie brother and sister/husband and wife and, in a glorious Pythonesque moment, a hermit in a post box.’

Michael Gray, Public Reviews

 

COMEDY OF ERRORS

Ludlow Shakespeare Festival

 

'Jonathan Markwood (Antipholus Of Syracuse) hovers captivatingly on the brink of self-parody'

The Stage

 

CAN'T PAY WONT PAY

Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch

 

'..the farceur par excellence here is Jonathan Markwood, playing two of Fo’s cartoon cops as well as an undertaker and a doddery old geezer, stepping outside his character to bemoan his lot, hoping for better things in “The Merchant of Chuffin’ Venice” (coming to the Queen’s on April 20).'

Michael Gray, The Public Reviews

 

SATIN N STEEL

Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch

 

'With elements of charm, Markwood effectively conveys the complex and deluded nature of controlling Vince...his rendition of Daydream Believer is particularly haunting'

The Stage

 

'It was a powerful play and needed equally powerful actors, finding them in the multi-talented Jonathan Markwood, well-known in theatre for some of the most remarkable performances on the stage'

Essex Chronicle

 

'And it has two fine performances at the Queen’s, which gain sympathy without challenging the audience. Jonathan Markwood’s Vince is a trouper, a bit of a sexual two-timer who veers between men and women, but charming enough in his inadequacies' 

Reviews Gate

 

CORPSE!

Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch

'Mr Markwood works hard and, after 'dying' behind convenient props, keeps popping up 'alive' in different parts of the clever set.

The show is unusual in that the dashing Mr Markwood cooks blinis on stage: real onions are chopped and fried; real pancakes are flipped.'

Quentin Letts, Daily Mail

 

'Jonathan Markwood has all the fun of playing twins who are on the receiving end of a lot of attempts to kill them. A lot of the fun of the evening comes from working out how he manages to appear in two places (nearly) at once and watching him rapidly change from the theatrical Evelyn to the upper class Rupert.'

Allison Woodward, BBC Essex

 

ROMEO & JULIET

Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch

 

'On a night when there were so many good performances, I would like to pay special tribute to Jonathan Markwood’s Mercutio. Jonathan was superb in Kind Hearts and Coronets last autumn – in Romeo and Juliet he is outstanding. The inch perfect portrayal of the swaggering friend of Romeo is a gem.'

Essex Chronicle

 

KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS

Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch

(ONE OF JEREMY KINGSTON'S BEST PLAYS NATIONWIDE)

 

'Jonathan Markwood plays Louis Mazzini, blithely pruning one by one all the D’Ascoynes who stand between him and a dukedom.' 

Jeremy Kingston, The TImes

 

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