Watermill - Fiddler on the Roof
10th April to 1st June 2002.
The Guardian's review is here: www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2002/apr/20/theatre.artsfeatures.
This is from the Newbury Weekly News.
Director with inspired touch
'FIDDLER ON THE ROOF', at The Watermill, until June 1
The Watermill lends itself to being transformed into a room in the village of 'Anatevka, Anatevka, underfed, overworked Anatevka', the massive beams and dusky depths of its roof blending into the stage until it seems as though the audience are sparrows perched in the caves, observing the doings of Tevye, his wife and children.
This is Newbury Theatre's view, broadcast on Kick FM.
This was another production directed by John Doyle, who has put on so many successful shows at the Watermill, and it's in the style of his other shows - a group of actors who are also singers and musicians. It's the story of a Jewish family in Russia which gets broken up by marriages and by persecution of the Jews. So it's in the How Green Was My Valley tradition of "poor but happy family in supportive community gets torn apart by events beyond their control". But it's still a happy production, and like all John Doyle's shows, bursting with energy. The acting is excellent, and it was a very enjoyable evening. Recommended.