'Return To The Forbidden Planet'

June 9, 2015



Some reviews from around the UK for Jonathan's performance as 'Dr Prospero' in 'Return To The Forbidden Planet' 25 Anniversary 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)


'The central character is a Doctor, complete with a fetching taste in clothes and a handy sonic screwdriver, the mad Dr Prospero (Jonathan Markwood) doing a bit of Elvis with All Shook Up before joining his formidable wife for a rendition of Them’s Gloria.


Both Markwood and Christine Holman, as Gloria, have knockout voices that you could listen to all night. His is gravelly with undertones of a good hard rock pedigree (I’d love to have heard more of Stairway To Heaven)'


Anne Cox Stage Review (High Wycombe)


'Jonathan Markwood stars as the mad scientist Dr Prospero perfectly; possibly partly attributed to his previous Shakespeare experience in The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.'


Stephanie Wareham, Bucks Free Press


'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 




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