Category Archives: news & reviews

Wendy and Peter Pan at the RSC

IMG_5087Currently at the RSC, the production of Richard II starring David Tennant has received excellent reviews. It’s a sellout production but if you are planning to visit Stratford later this year, there are exciting plans for the future.

Fly with us to Neverland – The RSC’s winter family show this year is Wendy and Peter Pan, adapted from the novel by J M Barrie. Tickets are now on sale.  The show opens on December 10th and runs through to March 2nd.  If you want to treat the family at Christmas, book early.

Included in the RSC’s plans for summer 2014 are Henry IV parts i and ii, The Roaring Girls,The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The White Devil.

Our Stay – Absolutely fabulous – September 18th

The stay at Virgina Lodge was absolutely exceptional. I’ve never written a review like this before – though I have stayed in many “posh” and not-so-posh places in all parts of the world. from Philadelpha USA to Tokyo, Japan. The location, atmosphere, rooms, and care at Virginia Lodge are unforgettable. And Tim, especially, but also his colleagues are wonderul in their warmth, advice, help and assistance. It was SO good, that I just had to write here. Ian Flintoff (former actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company but, on this occasion, looking for a good place to stay with friends and one from France – and WE FOUND IT!)

Greg Doran announces first RSC Season

Exciting news came through yesterday in the announcement of Greg Doran’s first Season as Artistic Director of the RSC!

Winter 2013 will see David Tennant return to the RSC, this time as Richard II.

Alongside this will be the premiere of the stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker-winning Wolf Hall, and Bring up the Bodies. The novels are powerful and dramatic, and Mantel described it as a ‘dream come true’ to see the RSC being the ones to put them on stage.

Priority booking is already available, so take advantage of it if you can!

For more information, see the RSC website. And don’t forget – Virginia Lodge offer discounts for RSC ticket holders!

Reviews: The Merry Wives of Windsor

With just over a month left of its run, the reviews are in for the Merry Wives of Windsor at the RSC Stratford.

Charles Spencer at the Telegraph praises this play which he says critics tend to be ‘a bit snooty’ about, and commends the current production. Comparing Philip Breen’s modern-dress production to “such TV classics as Fawlty Towers and The Good Life”, the play is, he says, “delightful”.

The Guardian describes the cast as “exceptionally strong”, and all the reviewers seem agreed in praising Desmond Barrit’s Falstaff – the Independent describes his performance as “splendid”. The supporting cast is in for praise too, with John Ramm’s Ford in for particular praise.

The play runs until January 12th, and it’s not too late to get your tickets on the RSC website.

And don’t forget, Virginia Lodge offers discounts on bed and breakfast for RSC ticket-holders. So why not visit Stratford for some “side-splitting” comedy to blow away the January blues?

  • http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2012/nov/02/the-merry-wives-of-windsor-review
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-reviews/9651936/The-Merry-Wives-of-Windsor-Royal-Shakespeare-Theatre-Stratford-upon-Avon-review.html
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/the-merry-wives-of-windsor-royal-shakespeare-theatre-stratforduponavon-8277119.html

Profile: The Mouse and his Child – Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Last week saw the opening of ‘The Mouse and his Child’ at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre here in Stratford.

Based on the classic novel by Russell Hoban, The Mouse and his Child is described by the RSC as an “enchanting tale of escape, the search for freedom and reunited families.” You can read more about the play on the RSC website, or check out an interview with the director, Paul Hunter, over at the Rugby Observer.

Don’t forget, Virginia Lodge offers discounted B&B for RSC ticket holders. See our offers page for more details.

We’ll be sure to post up more reviews when we see them!

Winter break offers Stratford on Avon

Virginia Lodge has some great offers for a short winter break in a lovely town, which just happen to have one of the best theatres in the world.

3 nights for the price of 2

book 2 rooms togethor & save 20%

15% discount to RSC theatre ticket holders

offers apply on bookings Sunday to Thursday nights till 31st March 2013. Call to book 01789 292157

www.virginialodge.co.uk

Stratford Music Festival 13-21 October

Virginia Lodge is getting bookings from music lovers coming to the music festival.

Lesley Garrett – one of the best UK singers

Kenny Ball Jaz men – timeless

Expresion Cubana – sounds exciting

Castalian Quartete – Classical music

Steven Devine – must be good to appear.

Plus many more appearing. So come to Stratford on Avon

www.stratfordmusicfestival.com

Virginia Lodge bed & breakfast Guest Review

We recently had this review for Virginia Lodge b&b in Stratford on avon

Gillian
Young couple
Oxfordshire,United Kingdom

26 June 2012

We both enjoyed the hospitality of the staff at the lodge they were warm and friendly and also they were great with information of the local area and what should we do while we were staying there so that was great. The room was spacious and very historic with the furniture I loved it. I am very happy with every aspect of our stay so thank you.

Review Virginia Lodge bed & breakfast

Recently had a great guest review, thought you would like to see it.

Cecelia
Mature couple
Tamworth,United Kingdom

4 July 2012

Friendly staff, comfortable accommodation, location only a few minutes’ walk from the theatre and river – absolutely ideal for our 40th Wedding Anniversary weekend!! Thank you Tim and Kate.