“Outstanding… Richard Johnson is superb… Stefanie Powers gives a wonderfully understated performance with an exceptionally strong characterisation .. excellent direction by Michael Lunney”.
Wolverhampton Express & Star
“A script that bubbles and sometimes crackles with good humour … a complete delight”
East Anglia Daily Times
“A packed theatre rocked with laughter… outstanding …well worth seeing. 4 stars. ”
South Wales Echo
“It’s not until you see a polished, assured performance from a successful actor of mature years that you realise just how much coarse acting goes on elsewhere … Richard Johnson and Stefanie Pwers are just wonderful in the lead roles, and the play is by turns funny, tender and moving”.
“The house was packed with an audience that rang with laughter, sat silent with solemnity, and erupted into applause. All with good reason to; the seven-member cast worked beautifully together…the cast and crew should be congratulated for doing a marvellous job… world class”.
“Superb… if you want to see acting at its very best then I urge you to go along”
South Wales Argus
“Two huge names star in On Golden Pond. Richard Johnson & Stefanie Powers entranced the sold-out first night and it was impossible to believe that this was the very start of Middle Ground’s extensive tour of this production. It was not only the two central performers who captured the essence of Thompson’s wry, witty generation game, the whole cast gives strong support. Richard Johnson gives the performance of his illustrious, mature career”
“Hollywood royalty Katharine Hepburn, Henry and Jane Fonda starred in the classic film. They are hard acts to follow, without any shadow of doubt – yet Stefanie Powers and Richard Johnson have made this charming study of love and the ageing process their very own. Elizabeth Carling as the daughter gives a superbly sensitive performance. Well worth seeing”
“For Richard Johnson’s performance alone, this current tour deserves to have the “house full” signs up at every performance. A true piece of theatre, with a great cast, that needs to be seen during its all to brief tour”
“Lighter and funnier than the film – beautifully paced with fine acting and sensitive direction by Michael Lunney. A most enjoyable evening. 4.5 stars”
“Funny, touching and bittersweet… the clever acting and script had us all in stitches”
Bucks Free Press
“Middle Ground Theatre Company present another mighty fine production. Michael Lunney not only directs but provides a stunning set, which when twinned with the atmospheric sound and lighting creates a wonderfully enchanting idyll. Stefanie Powers plays a superb Ethel, who is plagued by creatures of the forest as well as her infuriatingly pessimistic husband, brilliantly played by Richard Johnson. Elizabeth Carling has incredible stage presence and is part of a great supporting cast… a gentle masterpiece”.
“Michael Lunney’s perfectly cast production draws in the audience from the very beginning with its total realism and involvement. Beautiful music and evocative sound effects help set the scene and, performed by this excellent company, the play has lost none of its beauty and charm.”
British Theatre Guide
“An evening of gentle and thought-provoking pleasure”
“It’s worth buying a ticket just to see this great Shakespearean actor [Richard Johnson] still at his peak after six decades of theatrical achievement … A delightful journey”