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Television Reviews

Talk To Me (2007)

"The cast are all fantastic...Millson is an actor I’m not to familiar with but he does a great job as Woody especially during the scenes where he learns of his wife’s betrayal with his best friend. Each character is well fleshed out and is given time to cement individually there own story arcs. Talk To Me was great viewing, fast-paced, intriguing, funny, and sexy and had me gripped throughout. A welcome surprising change from a group of people to watch out for in the future". Eye For Film

"Joseph Millson as Woody is fabulous as he discovers the affair between his best mate and his wife."  TV Times

Sarah Jane Adventures (2008)

"However, full honours have to go to Joseph Millson as Maria's dad, Alan. He's been an amiable if slightly dim presence throughout the series but here, Alan does a lot of the dramatic heavy lifting and crucially, moves forward. 'New Who' has been regularly and justifiably criticised for being a show where apocalyptic world events pass unnoticed and everything remains exactly as it was before. This story, for the first time, changes that and it'll be fascinating to see how the relationship between the characters, and the change in Alan's world view, affects it. Plus, top marks must go to all involved for the best skateboard action sequence in years." Firefox.org

And an amusing thought from The Scotsman... "The young actors are charming and the show so far has resisted any inappropriate boyfriend/girlfriend stuff, making it a nice change from the vast majority of modern children's TV drama which seems intent on making young adults out of them too soon (and with that sentence, I have officially become very old - oh well). Mind you, if Russell T Davies and company did want to go there, perhaps they could reward Sarah Jane for all her years helping to save the universe by hooking her up with a toyboy in the form of Maria's adorably uncool, yet endearingly protective, skateboarding dad." The Scotsman

"Kudos also go to Joseph Millson as Maria's recently separated father Alan, and Juliet Cowan in the unenviable role of the grating Chrissie, Maria's mother." IGN

Campus 2009

The standout was Joseph Millson's quite stunningly lazy English Literature lecturer and letch, who regards sleeping with his female students as a perk of the job and awards marks by randomly firing arrows at a target: a bullseye means they get a First. When a male student asks for help with an essay, he's told to go and Google it "and next time, be a girl". Millson is great fun in this role, "a little bit Clooney, a little bit Basil Brush", as he describes himself. The Scotsman

Theatre Reviews

Macbeth 2013

Here at the Globe in London, it’s Joseph Millson and Samantha Spiro starring in Eve Best’s utterly absorbing, unusually amusing staging, which shows us a loving couple whose souls blacken as marriage frays... ...Millson is remarkable: clubbable, capricious, enjoyably sarcastic, frenzied, but always emotionally legible. They give performances to relish of clarity and intimacy... ...This journey to the dark side has rarely been so refreshing. The Times

Rocket to the Moon 2011

Angus Jackson’s atmospheric, moody production maintains our interest thanks to a particularly compelling performance from Joseph Millson, who is one of the most versatile and interesting stage actors around today. He has leading man stature - as demonstrated by his beautiful comic turn as Benedick in the RSC’s last Much Ado About Nothing - but he also has a rare quality of being able to animate blank, underwritten characters like Raoul in the original production of Love Never Dies (and he can hold a note, too). Here, he ideally captures an apparently settled man, resigned to his life and fate, the foundations of whose life are so powerfully shaken. The Stage

...her hard-drinking, disaffected gambler of a husband, Raoul (excellent Joseph Millson)... The Independent

...Daniel – a delicious study by the ever-excellent Joseph Millson of a kindly, rather anal gay man... The Independent

And Joseph Millson's perfomance, as the stationmaster Thomas Hudetz, is phenomenal. There is a touch of the automaton about him, as if doing a job reliant on clockwork had affected his own inner workings. It is painful to behold his stressed, placatory smile. Something fundamental is wrong – even before he goes completely off the rails. The Independent

You can't fault the acting either, and Joseph Millson's gracefully sinister Oberon and Oliver Le Sueur's unusually sympathetic Demetrius are outstanding. The Guardian

Joseph Millson is similarly convincing as the shaven-headed Alexander wrestling with the lunacy of his own predicament – that he is a sane man who, in a Catch 22 situation, will only be released when he admits he is mentally ill and denies that sane people get locked up in mental institutions. Going by the programme photos, Millson has lost considerable weight during rehearsals, painting a gaunt and deeply distressing portrait of a man horrendously mistreated and yet fervently standing up for his principles, even against the anguished entreaties of his son who begs him to lie to escape the asylum. The Daily Express

Joseph Millson’s Hamlet is outstanding. His descent into apparent madness is played with rare energy and surprisingly effective humour, alternating instantly between jester and tragic victim of his uncle’s evil wiles. He delivers a truly multi-layered character, accessible yet unfathomable. Millson’s mesmeric performance is strongly supported by Louise Jameson as a regal, vulnerable Gertrude and Kellie Shirley as a beautifully fragile Ophelia. Christopher Saul is perfectly cast as the pompous Polonius, as is Fergus O’Donnell as the solid Horatio. The Stage

Joseph Millson moves from heroic roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company to make a square-jawed Prince Charming... Financial Times

"She also elicits from her cast verse speaking of the highest clarity, not least from Joseph Millson, who has already triumphantly proved in this season's Much Ado that he is handy with an iambic pentameter." Evening Standard

"I have seen actors from Alan Bates to Matthew Macfadyen play Shakespeare’s Benedick, but – although Mark Rylance in 1992 certainly did something more strangely miraculous with the role – Joseph Millson’s performance in the new RSC production strikes me as definitive. Handsome in voice and in person, he can carry the audience on his roar and draw it into his hush. The elements of wit, anger and vulnerability are thrillingly mixed in this actor: you feel them all when he says of Beatrice “Every word stabs”. He easily lets us laugh at him, so that he clowns the famous eavesdropping scene to the hilt, but next he can be so romantically stunned that, left alone, he can hardly walk a straight line. And it is he, in love, who learns best here to transcend wit: “A college of wit-crackers cannot flout me out of my humour . . .  or man is but a giddy thing”. The Guardian

Lesley Manville and Joseph Millson as the outcast relatives shine particularly brightly. The Telegraph

"He is never any match for Joseph Millson's Bolingbroke, who manages to blend passion with dignity even whilst the actor pays lip-service to Berkoffian stylistic excess." Financial Times

I particularly like Joseph Millson's Don Carlos; his aristocratic certainty, second only to his aristocratic looks and bearing, is constantly undermined by his hilarious mental contortions convincing himself that his lover is really totally pure and faithful (which of course she is but he doesn't know it.) Reviews Gate

In particular, Joseph Millson was outstandingly funny in his two roles as a scurrilous, blind con-artist who is outdone by Pedro, and as the king torn between his infatuation with a beautiful gypsy and his queen's uxorial jealousy. Curtain Up

"The secretary, too, given a strong, sexy performance by Joseph Millson, is much more complex than the conventional ardent lover." The Telegraph

Joseph Millson has all the best lines and delivers them with aplomb and expert timing. Glenmeads

Add in the unusually sexy Orlando of Joseph Millson, and one had an "As You Like It" with a rare and real erotic heat alongside a pulsating melancholia. Variety

Joseph Millson is a fine Preston – amorous, then confused and finally horrified at the widening gap between himself and his wife. The Independent

"Though both the crippled aesthete played by Michael Matus and the self-confident stud played by Joseph Millson could easily become comic caricatures, both actors imbue them with a human reality that is touching and convincing." Theatre Guide

Mill On The Floss : reviews

"Though both the crippled aesthete played by Michael Matus and the self-confident stud played by Joseph Millson could easily become comic caricatures, both actors imbue them with a human reality that is touching and convincing."

Theatre Guide London  Gerald Berkowitz 2001  

By contrast, Maggie will eventually meet Stephen, who boasts that going into Parliament might just be worthy of his considerable talents (Joseph Millson, giving a frighteningly up-to-date performance... ).

This is Oxfordshire  Archive 2001

The acting is phenomenal.....Joseph Millson makes up this fine company

London Theatre  Darren Daglish April 2001

But the adaptation and production combine in a powerful telling of Eliot's story of a young independent-minded woman trying to find her way on a life that doesn't allow her the freedom she requires; this version even solves some of the problems often felt by readers of the novel.

Ian Shuttleworth April 2001

The Shanghai Centre Theatre was packed last Wednesday when the Shared Experience Company from Britain presented the Shanghai premiere of "Mill on the Floss," a play adapted from the George Eliot novel, according to China Daily on July 2.

People's Daily (China) July 2001

It's a joy to watch this eight-strong cast working together, moving together, transforming together, as Eliot's epic is compressed into buoyant and seamlessly integrated episodes. This may be a period piece, but it's not remotely genteel or fusty.

The Independent April 2001 Brian Logan

Four Nights In Knaresborough (reviews)

New edition of this 'funny, febrile and fascinating' (Times) play - alongside ten-city tour heading for the West End and starring Nick (Lock, Stock) Moran. The four assassins of Thomas Becket take refuge in Knaresborough Castle as public opinion turns against them. Corcoran 'pulls off something surprising - this comedy of anachronism often feels authentically medieval' - Observer.

From Centreline website

"...writer Paul Webb flips the coin on the tale of the murder of Thomas Beckett. Historical fact is blended with modern language which brings the story kicking and screaming into the noughties"  - Dover Gazette & Folkestone Herald

"vigorous and accessible .. add to this a healthy dollop of sexual tension between the knights and a female steward and you have two hours of emotionally combustible entertainment"  - Birmingham Post

"Writer Paul Webb's first work for the stage is a cracker... Director Paul Miller has cast some of theatre's most exciting actors including Nick Moran of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels as Brito. With great performances and a funny, clever and detailed text, this is one of the most innovative and entertaining plays I have seen for a very long time"  - Western Morning News>

"A cracker...historical drama for the Tarantino generation"  - The Daily Telegraph

"Funny, febrile and fascinating...the hottest ticket in town"  - Daily Express

"Mad, Bad and Dangerous...off the map, the wall and it's head"  - The Times

"a rare, intense drama, superbly acted, with a brilliant cast and performed with top-quality precision"  - Wolverhampton Express and Star

"we are carried along quite splendidly by a vigorous young company directed by Paul Miller"

"splendidly vibrant performances by Nick Moran, Tim Dantay, Joseph Millson and Robert Cavanah, and one of steadfast authority by Joy Brook as the girl who has their unpredictable company while they hide in the castle."  - Black Country Evening Mail

The Clearing reviews

Maddie (a fabulous Aislin McGuckin) is an Irish Catholic girl in Kildare who has fallen for and married young Protestant English landowner Robert Preston (played with wonderful torment by Joseph Millson)...

...Millson and McGuckin are excellent together but are backed by an equally convincing company...

Excellent drama, the kind that stays with you for weeks afterwards. Don't miss it. 24th April 2002 - What's on Stage Review

 

Joseph Millson is a fine Preston – amorous, then confused and finally horrified at the widening gap between himself and his wife. Independent 2002

 

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