Who We Are?
Lizzie Loveridge is a member of the Critics Circle with extensive experience in reviewing plays and musicals.
What is TheatreVibe about?
Our reviews are knowledgeable, free to access and aim to inform you, tell you what the production feels like and describe it so you can decide if this is something you want to see and pay for!
We do not give star ratings routinely, although you may occasionally find in the text the mention of a five star production. Why no stars? We think that stars are a shorthand which leads to less knowledge of the shows themselves, as people only look at the star ratings and don’t read the review. If you want a short review, only read the first and last paragraphs. We consider that the star rating system itself is broken with the printed press dependency on advertising revenue and pressure on editors to give more stars per review.
Also, we have seen the rise of websites which only five four or five star reviews making a nonsense of a rating system. Of course these high star reviews are welcomed by the press reps and marketing professionals for advertising the shows, but we find these manufactured stars extremely shallow and therefore unreliable. We also believe in an individual’s right to choose for themselves what is a one star as opposed to a five star production. Our reviews are a guideline only to what we have liked.
We have an extensive archive which we are putting on the site so you can read about the great shows, and the not so great, that we have seen in the past. Each review will list the cast and creatives, the song list for a musical as well as the running time. So TheatreVibe will be a site of record.
Please bear with us as we develop the site up to full capacity. In these sad times of theatre threatened by the impact of coronavirus, reading about past productions can help you and us to relive the magic of theatre.