“‘Matt Ian Kelly is constantly entertaining as the Archbishop of Mainz, attempting to balance the credibility of confession with his own unholy desires”

‘Reformation at the White Bear’
South London Press

“And of course there was the traditional dame – Dame Cherry Bakewell – played with an ostentatious flourish by Matt Ian Kelly. “

‘Robin Hood’
Muddy Stilettos

“Matt Ian Kelly was mesmerising and had such wit. He really showed a lot of depth to the character rather than keeping it completely one sided.”

‘Lillies or the revival of a romantic drama’


“Matt Ian Kelly makes Harry so real that you want to know more about why his Sarah left him.”

‘The Bus’
The British Theatre Guide


“Matt Ian Kelly is sublime as Miss Critchley the monstrous teacher, spine chillingly frightening before adroitly showing a softer side beneath the starch veneer. “

‘Jennifer Skylark and the Seagull’s Handbook’
Broadway Baby


“We especially liked Dame Trott (played by Matt Ian Kelly) who captured the audience’s heart with his loveable and hilarious slapstick humour particularly in the kitchen scene.”

‘Jack and the Beanstalk’
Henley Herald


“A sprinkling of good one-liners delivered with comic perfection by Matt Ian Kelly playing co-leader of the society Bob Hull.”

‘The Temperamentals’


“Kelly’s play grants his jaded youth access to a secret cultural history… he certainly captures the voice of the 1960s as smoothly as his contemporary dialogue.”

‘Lightning Strikes’
Irish Times

Full reviews

‘Sleeping Beauty’ The Stage, 20 December 2016
‘Jack and the BeanstalkHenley Standard, 21 December 2015
‘Jack and the BeanstalkHenley Herald, 18 December 2015
‘The Bus’ British Theatre Guide, 27 October 2013
‘The Bus’ The Stage, 27 October 2013
‘Jennifer Skylark and the Seagull’s Handbook’ A Younger Theatre, 7 August 2013
Jennifer Skylark and the Seagull’s Handbook’ Broadway Baby, 5 August 2013
Lilies‘ RemoteGoat, 19 May 2012
‘The Temperamentals’ Greenwich Magazine,  3 June 2011
‘The Terrible Infants’  The Guardian, 18 August 2007

Other press

Sleeping Beauty with a New Twist and a Spin, 19 December 2016
Premiere of the Three Marketeers, 11 May 2016
Panto stars planning to have a Dame good time, 17 November 2015
Boy George at Greenwich Theatre 1 June 2011


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