www.timfrances.com

TIM FRANCES REVIEWS
 

                 

 
 

THEATRE REVIEWS


The Magna Carta Plays
Salisbury Playhouse
"a provocative evening in which the best performance comes from Tim Frances as a bellowing, bull-necked Russian"
Michael Billington in Country Life
"a bullishly brazen Tim Frances ... a bold evening"
Michael Billington in The Guardian
"
an evening that's genuinely thought-provoking and ... well worth the trip" **** The Independent
"
bold, provocative, irreverently amusing ... extraordinary" Daily Echo
Lady Anna: All At Sea
The Park200 Theatre, London

**** The Telegraph
**** Sunday Express
"... a beguiling theatrical soufflé ... the seven-strong cast doubles and redoubles roles with sparkling verve ... while Tim Frances as Trollope is the great man’s doppelganger in appearance and (from what we know of him) manner." The Telegraph  
"... gorgeous, witty and wholly engaging." Sunday Express
"Tim Frances is an empathetic Trollope" The Stage
"It’s all overseen by a tour-de-force performance from Tim Frances, whose bearded benignity controls the action with the deftness he also applies to a brandy balloon in one scene." theartsdesk.com
"Tim Frances, energetically self-confident as Trollope, also portrays a garrulous barrister, cheekily intimated to be an example of the author enjoying his own voice ... another impressive production at an enterprising new theatre." Mark Lawson in The Tablet

"
Trollope is good company, a mischievous twinkle never far from Tim Frances's eye ... an extraordinarily engaging adaptation of Anthony Trollope's 1874 novel." broadwayworld.com
"
[TF] captures the infectiously playful author with an authoritative and commendable naturalism." londontheatre1.com ****
"
Trollope, in a charismatic performance by Tim Frances, is depicted as energetic, dynamic and ever so slightly vulgar." bargaintheatreland.com
The 39 Steps
The Criterion Theatre, London West End
"... an absolute treasure to behold ... but the real joy comes from Tim Frances and Daniel Tuite, often covering
multiple roles in the same scene ... the highlight was the scene on the train platform which saw them play umpteen people ... providing the kind of physical theatre thrills ... which are executed flawlessly. Tuite and Frances must have it down to a fine art now but it is still no reason not to recognise their achievements."
There Ought To Be Clowns
The Sound of Music
Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
Winner, Best Musical Revival at the What'sOnStage Awards
Nominated for Best Musical Revival at The Olivier Awards
A Government Inspector
Northern Broadsides
 
**** The Guardian
**** The Independent
***** whatsonstage.com

"... accompanied by his brooding bodyguard cum servant ... played with creeping malevolence by Tim Frances." The Independent
"Tim Frances ... is entirely transformed as the servant/‘PA’ to Snapper, giving a wonderful, assured performance which provides the perfect foil to Jon Trenchard’s fop." British Theatre Guide
"
[Aside from] two very impressive lead performances ... a word too for Tim Frances as Frank (more usually Osip or Yosef), the voice of sanity as Snapper's [Khlestakov's] servant ..." whatsonstage.com
"... exchanges between Jon Trenchard as the aristocrat and Tim Frances as his assistant are a delight." Scarborough News

Anne Boleyn
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
 English Touring Theatre
Winner, Best Touring Production at the 2012 TMA Awards
King Lear
West Yorkshire Playhouse

**** The Times
**** The Guardian
**** Daily Telegraph
***** Yorkshire Post
**** whatsonstage.com

"Tim Pigott-Smith's is not the only remarkable performance ...
Tim Frances plays the loyal thug Kent with brooding menace and energy."
The Independent
"... but the strength of the production lies as much in ... Tim Frances' bluff Kent ..."
Libby Purves in The Times

"Terrific supporting performances wherever you look ... a crowning glory for Ian Brown."
Daily Telegraph


with Tim Pigott-Smith
Peter Pan
Qdos at Cliffs Pavilion Southend
"Tim Frances is a commanding and very funny Captain Hook."
The Stage
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
Chichester Festival & Liverpool Everyman
"Tim Frances is ... very watchable and yet again proves he is a perfect member of an ensemble company."
thepublicreviews.com
1936
Sadlers Wells & Arcola Theatre, London

"Tim Frances' Hitler is fascinating." Time Out
"
Hitler, played by Tim Frances as less a psychopathic monster and more a ruthless CEO ..." broadwayworld.com
"Frances, as Hitler, is excellent. In many people’s minds, I’m sure Hitler is seen as an almost demon-like, non-human character. Frances’s portrayal however, shows that Hitler was indeed human. There’s an almost surprising amount of humour purveyed in scenes between Joseph Goebbels (John Webber) and him. It’s proven here that even someone as horrendously prejudiced as Hitler is human ... We do ultimately see what many of us expect from Hitler though, which Frances achieves through a military directness and a subtly portrayed fierce drive, making him seem a dangerous and potentially unpredictable man." onestoparts.com
"Tim Frances ... portrayal of Adolf Hitler was uncannily warm yet chilling." The News Line
"Tim Frances gives a very considered performance as Adolf Hitler, avoiding the caricature of an angry, evil man,
giving us instead a logical and human leader" thepublicreviews.com
"Tim Frances' Adolf ... comes across less tyrannical and more charming, forcing us to comprehend the
human capacity for evil rather than write him off as a lunatic" spoonfed.co.uk
"
Tim Frances shows us a Hitler who does not brook failure, yet can be manipulated with promises." whatsonstage.com
"
Tim Frances and Chris Myles make Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels an intriguing double act."
British Theatre Guide

Oliver Twist
Octagon Theatre, Bolton
"... it is Tim Frances who most dominates proceedings, strutting through a variety of roles, not least as the arch hypocrite
Mr Bumble ... and as Bill Sikes, the Reggie Kray of his day, terrifying London’s underworld"
The Stage
"... most notably Tim Frances, as both Mr Bumble and the terrifying Bill Sykes" Manchester City Life
"...Tim Frances making an especially good stab at both evil Bill Sikes and the unscrupulous Bumble" The Independent
"Tim Frances' murderous, drink-bemused Sikes" The Observer
"Tim Frances balances comedy as the aptly-named Mr Bumble with raw cruelty as the murderous Bill Sykes" Lancashire Telegraph
"Tim Frances is excellent comic value as Mr Bumble, the cruel and cowardly beadle" uktheatre.net
"I was particularly impressed by Tim Frances both as a comic Mr Bumble and a scarily evil Bill Sikes" Clitheroe Advertiser
"Tim Frances is very good as Bill Sikes and Mr Bumble" British Theatre Guide
"...ominous Mr Bumble"
whatsonstage.com
He's Much To Blame
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

"The best fun is had with a German physician, played beautifully by Tim Frances."
Quentin Letts in The Daily Mail
with Katie Bonna
"The splendid Doctor Gosterman is a man of gross affectations." East Anglian Daily Times
Relatively Speaking
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
"Tim Frances's Philip is a great bully of a businessman with lovely vague moments
of indecision and funk..."
East Anglian Daily Times
"... the true star is the middle-aged Philip, whose sarcasm and ability to imply more
than he’s saying bring the whole play to life."
Bury Free Press
Twelfth Night
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

"Tim Frances presents a Sir Toby Belch with a hard edge as he clings on to the last remnants of fading gentility on the fringe of Olivia’s household. His resentment of Malvolio and his contempt for Sir Andrew bubble away just below the surface. You might (just) enjoy sharing a drink with him, but you’d keep a hand clasped firmly over your wallet just the same." whatsonstage.com
"Together Oliver Senton [as Sir Andrew Aguecheek] & Tim Frances as Toby Belch perform some great physical comedy ... But the odd sinister side from Frances makes it clear Sir Toby is ultimately a selfish drunken sot who has no qualms about making his friend look a fool, go bankrupt or get hurt." Basingstoke Gazette

Wives As They Were & Maids As They Are
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

"A superb performance comes from Tim Frances as Sir William around who the play revolves. Urbane, high-principled, occasionally touchingly tender, he runs the gamut. Director Colin Blumenau & designer Kit Surrey are ensuring that the restored theatre is presenting work of world standard." The Stage. 
"This gem of a theatre has made a policy of reviving neglected Georgian plays. [Inchbald] shows women chafing against their chains and disproves the myth that stage comedy died a death between Sheridan and Wilde. Colin Blumenau's production is deliciously acted ... And the various forms of male dominance are vigorously represented by ... Tim Frances as Maria's colonialist backwoodsman of a father. At a time when the classic tradition is under threat, this excellent revival reminds us of our vanishing heritage."
Michael Billington in The Guardian

The Glee Club
New Vic Theatre, Stoke
"This welcome revival is an impressive way for Theresa Heskins to begin her tenure as artistic director of the New Vic.
It's strongly acted ... and superlatively sung." The Guardian
A Man For All Seasons
Haymarket Theatre, West End

"Spectacular production" The Guardian.  "Tim Frances' cold Cranmer" Sunday Telegraph
"Subsequent generations may like to idolise Archbishop Cranmer for his contribution to the Church of England, but ...
Tim Frances plays him as an austere figure, viewing the decline of a sometime colleague with an air of resigned detachment and relative powerlessness. England under Henry VIII, it seems, is a place where only men prepared to say Yes to the king survive" Church Times

Map of the Heart
Salisbury Playhouse
"Judith Scott's Ruth & Tim Frances as brother Bernard ... are careful and detailed performances. They make a shared history ..." reviewsgate.com
Femme Fatale
Warehouse Theatre, Croydon
"Tim Frances is superb as the fast-talking, ruthless Irwin and equally good as the henchman Manfred ..." The Stage
"There is staunch support from Tim Frances as a succession of menacing heavies ..." Michael Billington in The Guardian
"Tim Frances ... an aura of evil ..." Croydon Advertiser
"Tim Frances has a great gravelly voice, perfect for hard-boiled narrating ..." The Independent on Sunday
Proving Mr Jennings
Courtyard Theatre, London
"Tim Frances gives a virtuoso performance as the infuriatingly calm and patronising
Colonel Loveday. Avoiding the temptation to over-labour laughs, he delivers the most absurd lines with a deadpan seriousness and conviction which accentuate the humour" 
Theatreworld Magazine


with Daniel Hill

When Macready played Hamlet in 1849 and had a sheep thrown at him. Bad reviews can't hurt quite so much after that.