The Holly & the Ivy Press Acclaim


“Profoundly moving…marvellous *****”

“Charming example of classical theatre values… beautifully-structured…Middle Ground Theatre Company play it beautifully, developing the tension and heartbreak, a talented cast with Tony Britton consistently superb…” The Birmingham Post

“Brings to life the drama of a family teetering on the edge of a precipice. It is a wonderfully performed production” The Stage

“Middle Ground Theatre Company’s impressive production of this richly narrative piece captures the period beautifully, with its finely detailed set and terrific character acting” Birmingham Express and Star

“Golden age of the theatre recaptured, this is Middle Ground’s first visit to Derbyshire, on this showing, it will be welcome back any time…delicious performances… applause-earning set…a triumph” Derbyshire Evening Telegraph

“The Holly and the Ivy beautifully staged with moving performances… excellent… Impressive… faultless… congratulations to the company for a great evening of live theatre…one of the biggest successes since the theatre opened in the seventies” Southport What’s On

“The Holly and the Ivy is a classic of its kind, this type of production’s success depends on the performances; this one can’t fail…excellent” Derbyshire Times

“The Holly and the Ivy…stunning…sparkling…polished… superb” Northern Evening Gazette

“Excellent entertainment…fantastic set…this really is theatre at its best” Chester Standard

“An enchanting production, stunningly designed, directed with style and pace… wonderful… delightful… superb… remarkable” Uttoxeter Echo

“The Holly and the Ivy set in an impressively old-fashioned and minutely detailed vicarage drawing room with excellent performances makes for a truly rewarding evening” Manchester Evening News

“A play you leave with a warm glow, a welcome change from the usual Christmas production…excellent comic touches and powerful showdowns” Corstorphine News and Times

“This Middle Ground Theatre Company production is a stunningly attractive, beautifully presented look at a family Christmas. Superbly written, the cast is exemplary” Eastbourne Herald

“As relevant today as it was when written fifty years ago, the cast do a fine job” Scottish Herald

Stuart McGugan with Alan Leith (2013)

Philip Madoc with Zoe Kennedy (2011)

Tony Britton with Katarina Olsson (2005)

Barry Foster with Lee Warburton (1997)

Barry Foster with Lee Warburton (1997)