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Below, in no particular order, is a selection of Press Reviews for Graham Hoadly


Watford Palace 2001

" … the standouts include a hilarious balletic balloon dance for John Pennington's spirited Fitzwarren [and] Graham Hoadly as Sarah the Cook …"

John Thaxter: The Stage 20 December 2001

" ... an hilarious balloon dance performed by Sarah the Cook (Graham Hoadly) and Alderman Fitzwarren (John Pennington), and a stunning version of It's Raining Men by the dame …"

Charlie Harris: The Watford Observer 7 December 2001

National Tour 2001

“ … not since the heady days of John Reed have I heard an audience laugh so much at Sir Joseph’s dialogue. Splendid as David Timson is, Graham Hoadly is practically priceless …”

Kevin Chapple; The Gilbert and Sullivan Society

National Tour 2000/01

" ... It seems to me that in Graham Hoadly you have a comic of genius. A great evening … "

John Champneys:

"I loved Graham Hoadly’s portrayal of the monocled Baron …”

David Ross; Daily Echo ( Poole)

Watford Palace 2000

“… performances across the board were very good, but my personal favourites were … the dame, Widow Twankey (an hysterically funny Graham Hoadly). The dame’s frock in the final scene is really something special! …”

Estelle Sinkins; The Bucks Examiner 15 December 2000

“ … in Graham Hoadly, as Widow Twankey, and Michael Vivian, as Wishee Washee, the Palace has found another hilarious duo who … carried the comic torch magnificently …”

Charlie Harris; The Watford Observer 8 December 2000

“ … Graham Hoadly is a wonderful Widow Twankey – a pantomime dame par excellence – whose wardrobe is a sight to behold.
When not decked out as Liz Hurley, complete with safety pins holding her dress together, she looks like a walking standard lamp.
His/her scenes with David Monico’s Emperor of China are a high spot of the pantomime, particularly their duet ‘I Think of You’ …”

Madeleine Burton; Herts Advertiser 14 December 2000

National Tour 1998/99

"… Graham Hoadly, as the Lord High Everything Else, was the best Pooh-Bah I've seen since the late Michael Denison …"

Peter Lewis; Hexham Courant

" … Graham Hoadly's Pooh-Bah could not have been bettered. Not only was he entirely in character throughout, he was obviously enjoying himself …"

David Duffey; SavoyNet 24 April 1999

National Tour 1996/97

" ... Graham Hoadly's Everett Baker was everything we expect of a doting old-American father … "

Anji Whimpenny: Eastbourne Herald

Criterion Theatre 1993

" … Francis (Graham Hoadly), every other inch a lady, (unlike Roscoe, an authentic drag queen played by … Regina Fong), dreads ageing and the slack bottom from which AIDS spares him …"

Nicholas de Jongh: Evening Standard

National Tour 1990

" … the peppery Col. Mustard (Graham Hoadly, looking like a Boy's Own caricature of Bismarck in civvies) hit a bull's eye …"

Vivien Stoddart: West Wales Guardian

London Palladium 1989

Graham Hoadly steals scene after scene as a put-upon director … "

Michael Kennedy: The Daily Telegraph

National Tour 1985

" ... There are songs to be sung en masse … while Caro Gurney in Principal Boy costume and Graham Hoadly in full Ugly Sister drag urged on their efforts to some little effect … "

Martin Cropper: The Times

King's Head Theatre Club 1985

" ... Neil Lawford's zippy production has in Graham Hoadly a revue artist to covet - convincing as male dancer and senile cricket follower … "

Nicholas de Jongh: The Guardian

" … The biggest laughs are won by … Graham Hoadly's skit on a languid ballet-dancer: 'I do a dance with a bubbil / Which is really a big balloon' … "

John Barber: The Daily Telegraph

" … 'Meet Me At The Gate' is a King's Head success up to the standard of 'Mr Cinders' from whose cast indeed come two of the surest and brightest members in this company of six: the genially waspish Graham Hoadly and the sharp and pretty Diana Martin … "

Michael Ratcliffe: The Observer

" … Neil Lawford directs a stylish comic Graham Hoadly (excellent at prim distress) … "

Martin Hoyle: Financial Times

" … some of the targets are as relevant as they were half a century ago … camp dress designers determined to make women look ugly … a few black comedy skits written by Nicholas Phipps about a maiden aunt planning to throw a hand grenade during the Coronation of George VI have still retained their quirky humour and were well performed by Graham Hoadly … "

Milton Shulman: The Standard

" … the cast is composed of six energetic performers. Graham Hoadly primly recalls a naughty aunt … They are seen in quite a few combinations as they appear in a fast flow of sketches and songs, some of the best being 'Close of Play' with two ancient cricket fans lamenting the lapse of the game … the camp dress designers and the effete ballet dancer draped in pink with grapes. Mr Hoadly does make his dance 'with a bubbil' very comical … "

M.L.: Time Out

Northcott Exeter 1984

" ... There are some memorable moments, including Graham Hoadly's marvellous limp-wristed portrayal of an aristocratic buffoon … "

Andy Langley: Express and Echo

" … Graham Hoadly provided a piece of pure Bertie Wooster as the impecunious Pasha …"

P.S.: Torquay Herald Express

Fortune Theatre 1983

" ... Graham Hoadly - God's Gift to a lyric writer …"

Vivian Ellis

" … Graham Hoadly, singing with period's unmistakable neighing vibrato, and the buck-toothed Stephen Pacey are wonderfully comic flannelled fools without losing sight of the veiled social criticism that gives the show surprising bite …"

Anthony Masters: The Times

" … 'True To Two' is a cheerful hymn to sexual troilism with a hint of indiscriminate orgy … The beaming household includes two blazered ugly brothers, Graham Hoadly especially noteable for his rubicund vampire impersonation. That honeymoon for four might not be so much innocent fun after all … "

Michael Coveney: Financial Times

" … There is some polished work also from Graham Hoadly … "

Peter Hepple: The Stage

" … The Ugly Sisters become Boring Brothers … of the two, Graham Hoadly, who looks like the much-missed Julian Orchard, has the surer comic touch … "

Ned Sherrin: Plays And Players

" … [Lonnie] Donegan is supported by a strong company. Christina Mattews is a sparky leading lady, and Graham Hoadly very funny as one half of a pair of "ugly" brothers. Keep an ear cocked for his magnificent, trembling singing voice … "

M.D.: Time Out

" … Diana Martin and Graham Hoadly give strong vocal support … in this topically escapist bonne bouche which gets it just right in scale, tempo and chirpiness …"

Antony Thorncroft: Financial Times

… The record (TER 1037) has the initial performers ... Graham Hoadly as one of the cads shows an interesting ability to sneer in rhythm … "

Robert Cushman: New Records

Soho Poly 1981

" … Graham Hoadly is very good as McCorquodale, all lecherous hopes and senile twinges with a fruity accent fit to open any seminary door … "

Anne Morley-Priestman: The Stage

National Tour 1979

" … John May and Graham Hoadly give a wonderfully fluid and highly amusing interpretation of life at busy London police stations as P.C. Boot and his dancing Inspector … "

Sandra Dodson; The Stage

Queens Theatre Hornchurch 1978

"... You cannot fail to enjoy Graham Hoadly's superb interpretation of the misguided vicar - Mr Humphrey. As the mayor's assistant in Squeak! - the last Queen's Production - he was good but as a vicar in See How They Run, he is marvellous ..."

Hornchurch Recorder

Queens Theatre Hornchurch 1978

" … Brian Hewlett as the Mayor, Graham Hoadly as the Town Clerk straight out of the commedia … are the best players…"

Anne Morley-Priestman; The Stage





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