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Read some of the excellent reviews we've received from our past productions.

  • The ReturnOctober 2015
    Erik Strauts has directed this production without a missed beat or unnecessary move...it manages to grip from soup to nuts...ensemble work at its best Glam Adelaide Link to external website
    ...2 hours of on the edge of your seat theatre. The set showed wonderful authenticity...direction was tight...cast perfectly. Whatever you do, don't miss this train! Encore/Theatre Association of South Australia Link to external website
    Contemporary psychological thrillers are difficult for theatre companies to stage...in tackling Reg Cribb's The Return, the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild has taken on just such a challenge and as we can expect from this company, has created an immersive and commendable production... Stage Whispers Link to external website
    This very good Theatre Guild production is another example of the company's readiness to push dramatic boundaries in order to give Adelaide Theatregoers fine alternatives to the regular far of community theatre. Stage Whispers Link to external website
    An excellent end to another excellent year for the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild The Advertiser Link to external website
    The play is a masterpiece and thanks to all involved in this production, so is the Theatre Guild's version...The Guild are known for their fine productions and this one is as near perfect as one could hope for. Do not miss this brilliant production of a worthy classic. Five brandy bottles out of five! Adelaide Theatre Guide Link to external website
    The Return is a gripping thriller which frightens, excites and ultimately surprises. It is absolutely worth a return trip InDaily Link to external website
    Last night I was lucky enough to see the Theatre Guild's production of The Return...if you love great Aussie drama, then catch this Reg Cribb classic before the train leaves the station... Matt Byrne Link to external website
    It is beautiful. It is raw. It is intimate. And it is infinite. It is community. It is a howl and thoroughly deserving of five stars TREv Link to external website
    The cast are outstanding as they perform complex and convincing characters...the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild has an excellent reputation for developing both amateur and professional theatre in Adelaide...this production is well worth seeing Weekend Notes Link to external website
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?August 2015
    We expect great things from the Theatre Guild and Geoff Brittain has made sure that their latest production maintains the standard...This production is so good it's exhausting, but don't miss it if you are able to get there: gems like this are rare Glam Adelaide Link to external website
    The performances are critical...in this production all four actors are a revelation...beautifully done, managing to be moving and true...this is what an evening at the theatre should be The Varnished Culture Link to external website
    Do yourself a favour and brave the chill to witness this high quality production Stage Whispers Link to external website
    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf continues to thrill in Adelaide Uni Theatre Guild's production...Chris Leech and Julie Quick give outstanding performances...a very strong production...gripping from start to finish Adelaide Now Link to external website
    The play is a masterpiece and thanks to all involved in this production, so is the Theatre Guild's version...The Guild are known for their fine productions and this one is as near perfect as one could hope for. Do not miss this brilliant production of a worthy classic. Five brandy bottles out of five! Adelaide Theatre Guide Link to external website
    “...the strong cast handled Albee's brilliant but manic dialogue with sensitivity, extracting emotion and black humour appropriate with the ebb and flow of this psychological drama...shocking and funny piece of live theatre evidenced by a standing ovation from the appreciative crowd InDaily Link to external website
    This production is an absolute ripper...action packed throughout...There are four out of four terrific performances. This is another Theatre Guild production delivering the goods and should not be missed. Double bravo! Barefoot Review Link to external website
  • Much Ado About NothingMay 2015
    When Megan Dansie directs Shakespeare something special happens...the Guild has another hit on its hands. Glam Adelaide Link to external website
    This is another winning production...and should please any theatregoer. The Guild has a good reputation so early booking is highly recommended. Broadway World Link to external website
    ...knowing the reputation of the Guild and director Megan Dansie, it was destined to be quality...Dansie's direction is flawless...this company contains some very class players.” Encore Link to external website
    The winning combination of the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild, director Megan Dansie and Shakespeare gets another solid outing...strong cast of leads succeed...costuming is simply magnificent.” The Adelaide Advertiser Link to external website
    Dansie and the splendid cast have created a well-constructed production of Shakespeare's much loved comedy. Adelaide Theatre Guide Link to external website
    ...a vibrant surge of magical comedy...the visuals, composition and performances come together to create something quite charming...everything you want from Shakespeare. InDaily Link to external website
    Yet another success...a strong cast and compelling production values in an accessible Shakespeare is once again on offer. Barefoot Review Link to external website
  • Miss Julie / After Miss JulieOctober 2014
    Miss Julie had edge of seat tension throughout. It was a great idea of director Geoff Brittain to present both...I would certainly choose to be there on Saturday 18 October. Barefoot Review Link to external website
    Performing a 19th century play and then an updated version hot on its heels is risky. Two playwrights, two set times and locales, with two different types of mores. Is it worth the effort? Yes very much so. InDaily Link to external website
    Performances from the three actors are outstanding...The direction from Geoff Brittain is stimulating and the engaging performances will hold your attention. Weekend Notes Link to external website
    All three actors had their very strong moments. This was a very demanding and serious piece of theatre and the Theatre Guild brought credibility to both plays. Encore Link to external website
    Miss Julie and After Miss Julie make for a fascinating double bill...Plenty of dramatic intensity...fascinating interpretational variations in each pairing. This was a bold move for the Guild and one that should pay off for them. See both plays and enjoy the comparison. Broadway World Link to external website
  • No Man's LandAugust 2014
    A rare production of a 70s Pinter play with some of the landmark names of South Australian theatre behind it. This Theatre Guild show is a hot ticket. No Man's Land, most particularly is a vehicle for two very strong mature actors – to which end Michael Baldwin and John Edge come into their own. They are Adelaide's Gielgud and Richardson. It is a wonderment of words and timing … In the Guild’s hands, it is utterly engrossing and surprisingly funny. No Man's Land goes down as another vivid feather in the UATG's very well-adorned cap Samela Harris, Barefoot Review Link to external website
    Ardent, discerningly paced and boasting indomitable performances, No Man's Land is a marvellous production. It is a joy to watch the two cohorts- the creepy hippy Foster (Matt Houston) and the looming leather clad Briggs (Jonathan Pheasant)...A rich, thrilling work that is splendidly original filled with wit and structured so ingeniously that figuring out where the story is headed is half the fun. Stephen Davenport, InDaily Link to external website
    An experienced and knowledgeable director, together with a supremely talented cast...the UATG has all the elements just right with its superb production. Jonathan Pheasant is terrific, Set Design by Max Mastrosavas is brilliant. With its fine direction by Warwick Cooper, magnificent performances and wonderful staging, you would be mad to miss this Guild production. Lesley Reed, Stage Whispers Link to external website
    No Man's Land is well worth the trip to the Little Theatre Janice Bailey, Encore Link to external website
    Michael Baldwin and John Edge are simply marvellous together...Matt Houston and Jonathan Pheasant are another great double act. The result is a first class production...early booking is essential! Broadway World Link to external website
  • Romeo and JulietMay 2014
    Theatre Guild shines with spritely account of 'Romeo and Juliet' ... Akkshey Caplash and Abby Hampton do their characters proud ... their performances are outstanding ... All in all a great success The Adelaide Advertiser Link to external website
    ... a lovely, sensitive and rewarding experience ... everyone involved in this production is top notch ... it works brilliantly InDaily Link to external website
    The University of Adelaide Theatre Guild's 'Romeo and Juliet' is another fine effort from a company that is surely developing a strong reputation for staging excellent productions of The Bard's works Stage Whispers Link to external website
    Abby Hampton is a superb Juliet. If you enjoy Shakespeare, this is one to see. Adelaide Theatre Guide Link to external website
    The Little Theatre is so perfect for performing Shakespeare. Smooth scene changes and wonderful use of the attributes of this theatre...The title roles of Romeo and Juliet were taken and filled beautifully by Akkshey Caplash and Abby Hampton Encore Link to external website
    ... yet another superb production ... all involved should be justly proud of what they have created. As it is selling out every night you should have already booked and, if not, then take advice from the Bard himself and be "swifter than arrow from the Tartar's bow" ('A Midsummer Night's Dream', Act III scene ii) Broadway World Link to external website
  • Holy DayOctober 2013
    Brutal, Raw, Brilliant ... once again the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild have set a dramatic standard ... don't miss this production Stage Whispers
    The Guild have received critical acclaim and awards for many of their productions, and this is yet another feather in the cap of this hard working company. It is definitely one to see this month Broadway World
    .. deserves capacity audiences to experience the vivid account of a significant and critical part of our history, which should not be forgotten Indaily
    Edgy and compelling Glamadelaide
  • Richard IIIAugust 2013
    Guild's Richard a royal success ... an outstanding production The Advertiser
    Think that Shakespeare is too wordy, too dusty, too mouldy to be worth sitting through?  Think again!  The UATG's staging of 'Richard III' is a thrilling triumph Adelaide Theatre Guide
    The University of Adelaide Theatre Guild's brilliant and unconventional take on Shakespeare's 'Richard III' is riveting in its intensity ... this is a memorable production, dominated by Bart Csorba's brilliant performance. Stage Whispers
  • AwayMay 2013
    It is always a privilege to see a student production sponsored by an established theatre company such as the Guild.  Such a production not only gives experience to aspiring thespians, but also shows us what (and who) might be waiting in the wings as the future of theatre in a community.  This production of Australian playwright Michael Gow's 'Away', well known and oft studied by high school students, is a fine example of such a student production Australian Stage Online
  • My Romantic HistoryNovember 2012
    ... an absolute cracker of a production ... this production has everything going for it Adelaide Theatre Guide
    The Guild has been responsible for a good many excellwent and award winning productions and this is certainly another in this category.  Get a ticket as soon as you can because word spreads quickly in Adelaide and you do not want to miss out on this marvellous production Glam Adelaide
    ... very funny, enormously entertaining and a rare, audience-pleasing romantic comedy that will appeal to both men and women. InDaily
  • The Merchant of VeniceAugust 2012
    ... one of the best casts on an amateur stage in years The Advertiser
    If you have shied away from Shakespeare in the past because you have always thought that it would be dry and incomprehensible, then this is the Shakespeare that you have been looking for. It might just turn you into an addict. Don't wait too long to get your tickets though as word is spreading fast that this is a real winner! Glam Adelaide
    The Guild's Merchant is slick, fun and definitely sexed up! Encore Magazine
  • AntigoneMay 2012
    This is a stunning production ... Encore Magazine
    This is a well conceived and riveting production Barefoot Review
  • The PillowmanOctober 2011
    5 Stars ... it is a MUST SEE for anyone who proclaims that they are a lover of true theatre ... an enthralling and brilliant production dripping with well directed tension and comedy ... dark modern theatre at its most exhilarating best and with a wickedly macabre sense of humour Theatrepeople
    The Pillowman is an excellent night out at the theatre. The acting is of a very high quality ... The Pillowman is what theatre should be - entertaining, challenging and demanding In Daily
    ... excellent production, directed with sensitive understanding by Megan Dansie and powerfully performed Radio Adelaide
  • MacbethAugust 2011
    two outstanding leads in this gripping Theatre Guild production The Advertiser
    An excellent production in all respects ... make sure you see this riveting production Glam Adelaide
    Director Eustice should be applauded for creating a great night of theatre Adelaide Theatre Guide
    'Tis a wondrous production, this Macbeth be! Theatrepeople
  • A View from the BridgeMay 2011
    ... in the Theatre Guild's superb production we have the newcomer of the year in the lead, Nigel Tripodi ... The Advertiser
    Bridge to a magic View ... Director John Graham is to be congratulated on a job very well done The Advertiser
    The Guild has lived up to its usual high standard with another winning production Adelaide Theatre Guide
    ... a most excellent revival ... a definite go see David Grybowski, dB Magazine
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