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Graduates Impress Critics: Best Reviews of 2016

4 January 2017

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Last week, RWCMD was shortlisted by The Stage for its School of the Year Award, with the judges highlighting the College’s ‘consistently strong impact on the industry’. We’ve put together a quick round-up of some of the best reviews for our graduates on stage in 2016 just to prove the point!

Sophie Melville was included in the Best Actress shortlist for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her ‘blistering‘ performance in Gary Owen’s one-woman play Iphigenia in Splott, which transferred to the National Theatre in January.

Anthony Boyle, who graduated earlier this year, ‘stole the show‘ as Scorpius Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. He was shortlisted for The Evening Standard‘s Most Promising Newcomer award and named by Screen International as one of 2016’s Stars of Tomorrow.

Katy Owen was a ‘marvellous, audience-baiting‘ Puck in Emma Rice’s ‘magnificently eccentricMidsummer Night’s Dream at The Globe, with Anjana Vasan, an ‘especially funky‘ Hermia in the same production.

Arthur Hughes transferred to the National Theatre in Jack Thorne’s ‘unflinching‘ two-hander, The Solid Life of Sugar Water.

Catrin Stewart was ‘captivating‘ in Theatr Clwyd’s new production of Tenessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Thalissa Teixeiradazzled‘ alongside Billie Piper in Yerma at the Young Vic, according to The Guardian’s 5* review.


Thalissa Teixeira in Yerma at the Young Vic. Photo: Johan Persson

Clare Dunne reprised the role of Prince Hal for Phyllida Lloyd’s ‘phenomenalShakespeare Trilogy.

“Clare Dunne brings a fiery toughness to the rebellious Prince Hal.” Evening Standard


Clare Dunne and Harriet Walter in Phyllida Lloyd’s Henry IV at King’s Cross Theatre

Dyfan Dwyfor appeared in Michael Boyd’s ‘odd and oddly compelling‘ production of  Catherine-Anne Toupin’s Right Now at Bath’s Ustinov Theatre.

“The acting is a joy, every performance a winner.” The Guardian


Dyfan Dwyfor (right) in Michael Boyd’s production of Right Now

Amy Morgan joined Tom Hollander and a ‘first-rate cast‘ in an ‘ace production‘ of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties at Menier Chocolate Factory, which transfers to the Apollo Theatre London in February.

“The showdown between Clare Foster’s Cecily and Amy Morgan’s Gwendolen is alone worth a wait in the returns queue.” The Telegraph


Amy Morgan (left) in Travesties at Menier Chocolate Factory Photo: Tristram Kenton

Jacob Ifan embarked on a national tour in a ‘welcome revival‘ of Mike Poulton’s 2014 adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. 

“Jacob Ifan steps into the shoes of doomed French aristocrat Charles Darnay with smooth aplomb” WhatsOnStage *****


Jacob Ifan (centre) as Charles Darnay in Charles Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities, touring nationally

Jonny Holden joined a ‘flawless‘ cast of three in Phil Porter’s ‘powerfully written and performed‘ new play The Man with The Hammer at Theatre Royal Plymouth.


Jonny Holden (left) in Phil Porter’s The Man with the Hammer at Theatre Royal Plymouth

What a list! Big shout out to all of our graduates who have been flying the flag for RWCMD this year. And our very best wishes for 2017. Keep all your news coming our way.