Waleed Elgadi particularly leads from the front as a commanding, vengeful Oberon, aided and abetted by Richard James-Neale’s
Puck, an unusually spiteful, white-faced court clown decked-out, startlingly amongst the modern dress, in Elizabethan hose and
|- Timothy Ramsden, ReviewsGate.com (August 19th, 2013)
A Midsummer Night's Dream - Tooting Arts Club, Broadway Studios
13th August - 7th September, 2013
Naturally, it’s Wilbur and Charlotte who take centre stage and they are beautifully drawn by Richard James-Neale and Claire
Redcliffe respectively. His facial expressions and movements make Wilbur instantly lovable, while she brings out Charlotte’s quiet
dignity. It’s a suitably touching friendship that is the beating heart of this show.
|- Nigel Powlson, Burton Mail (December 19th, 2012)
Charlotte's Web - Birmingham Stage Company, Derby Theatre
7th December, 2012 - 12th January, 2013
The conflict between the swaggering Mercutio (Chris Lindon) and the fiery Tybalt (Richard James-Neale), who also plays the
tattooed hippy Friar Lawrence, was electric.
|- Robin Strapp, The British Theatre Guide (March 29th, 2011)
There are some lovely moments... notable mentions go to Richard James-Neale's Simon - his angst encoded in every nuance - and
James Maclaughlan's Pirsg whose intriguing persona commands every scene. Thought provoking.
Whispering Happiness - Box of Tricks, Tristan Bates Theatre
9th June - 4th July, 2009
|- Jackie Cobham, The Telegraph (June 24th, 2009)
...The real focus should not be taken away from the main element the showcase - drama. Not that watching such quality, tense
pieces as that from 'A Single Act' (by Jane Bodie) with Sarah Cromarty and Richard James-Neale in a rather curious stand off over a
pet rabbit in a box, would allow you to soon forget that side of this production.
As the fur starts to fly over the rabbit - named Stu by James-Neale's worryingly dark persona, the tag as he kicks it into the wings was
brutally effective and cruelly clinical - two students working well together and without nerves.
'Experts Choice' - Richard James-Neale, Henry Maynard and Victoria Bell (Fiona Keddie - Keddie Scott Associates)
Mountview West End Showcase - Criterion Theatre
29th March, 2006
|- Derek Smith, The Stage (May 11th, 2006)
In its familiarity, this play is not without its challenges and The Mechanicals can be risibly embarrassing. Happily, this is not the
case. As Bottom, Matthew Devitt is superb, with excellent vocal range, faultless timing and the instinct of a fine actor for solo and
ensemble playing. During some scenes, thanks to some very good original visual gags, the audience weeps with laughter. The play
scene in particular will not have raised such uncontrollable and un-embarrassed laughter for years. It is a gem from all participants.
A talented group of young actors.
A Midsummer Night's Dream - Ludlow Castle
24th June - 8th July, 2006
|- Prue Britten, The Stage (June 26th, 2006)
The other players - John Cockerill as Flute, Ian Harris as Snug, Richard James-Neale as Snout, Tom Jude as Starveling and Daniel
Leatherdale as Quince - were perfect foils for Bottom and brought out the comedy to maximum effect.
|- The Kidderminster Shuttle (July 12th, 2006)
The cast by and large handle the verse intelligently, and it's engaging to hear it delivered in strong regional accents (think Billy Elliott
speaking pentameter). Richard James-Neale's Roderigo and Leila Crerar's Emilia, in particular sew the language and some very
contemporary intentations and physicality together skillfully.
Othello - Frantic Assembly, UK Tour
6th - 22nd November, 2008
|- Karen Fricker, Variety (November 10th, 2008)
Richard James-Neale brings Simon's fury of rejection by society vividly to life.
|- Dominic De Nezza, Remotegoat (June 23rd, 2009)
The standout performance was definitely Richard James-Neale’s Tybalt and Friar Lawrence. His energy and ability to portray
character perfectly meant that whenever he took the stage he shone above all the others.
Romeo and Juliet - Pilot Theatre Company, UK Tour
10th September, 2010 - 9th April, 2011
|- Luke Murphy, FringeReview.co.uk (February 12th, 2011)
The whole cast throw themselves into the production and their effervescence shines throughout.
Richard James-Neale is warm and affecting as Wilbur, stamping his mark on the role with a strange, almost deformed walk and a
Richard James-Neale has just the right amount of wide-eyed wonder and sometimes piggy panic in his winning portrayal of Wilbur.
|- Steve Orme, The British Theatre Guide (December 12th, 2012)
|- Matlock Mercury (December 14th, 2012)
Richard James-Neale was outstanding as Mercutio, capturing the larger-than-life swagger and volatile temper of Romeo's close
companion with aplomb.
|- Hugo Berger, The National UAE (March 6th, 2013)
Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare's Globe, Middle East Tour
19th February - 5th March, 2013
Richard James-Neale's punkish Puck is a whirling, physical presence sowing mischief wherever he goes in a performance that
fizzes with energy and acrobatic skill. If you can find him, as he clambers about in among the old manufacturing units and courtyards
on which the show is staged, you can't take your eyes off him.
|- Gary Naylor, BroadwayWorld.com (August 31st, 2013)
The cast convince as cocksure young men, up for a fight and a feel of the girls if they get the chance. Ryan Fletcher (Cassio) and
Steven Miller's Iago are strong, Richard James-Neale's Roderigo is a compact bundle of trouble and Kirsty Oswald a sympathetic
|- Sally Jack, Western Park Gazette (October 29th, 2014)
Due credit should go to Nicola Kavanagh’s Bianca and Richard James-Neale’s Roderigo... James-Neale’s performance is a very
natural one – he takes to the character effortlessly and his bumbling demeanour evokes the tragic fool character perfectly.
The production’s use of dialect works incredibly well to make the often cumbersome Shakespearean language much more
accessible. [Roderigo's] famous line, ‘an old black ram is tupping your white ewe’ also teased a few laughs out of the audience.
|- Rachel Bradley, StudentJournals.co.uk (October 30th, 2014)
A chavtastic portrayal of Roderigo by Richard James-Neale, with quirky vocal mannerisms and ineffectual bombast – extremely
|- TheRealChrisparkle.wordpress.com (October 21st, 2014)
The modern setting and northern accents of the cast in no way hinder the language of the piece. On the contrary, in such skilled
hands, these characters become discernible, accessible beings that the audience can identify with. Ryan Fletcher and Richard
James-Neale as Cassio and Roderigo respectively employ their accents with dexterity and an ease that highlights the strengths of
The entire cast make this production, individually and as an ensemble, giving understandable and relatable performances in a fresh
interpretation of the play.
Othello - Frantic Assembly, UK Tour
4th October, 2014 - 7th February, 2015
Often Cassio and Roderigo, two of the many pawns in Iago’s plotting, can get overlooked and reduced to caricatures but I found the
respective performances from Ryan Fletcher and Richard James-Neale thrilling and multi-dimensional.
|- Victoria Sadler, VictoriaSadler.com (January 15th, 2015)
|- Scott Stait, TheReviewsHub.com (October 19th, 2014)
Think the NT's production of War Horse, but with rabbits.
Their camaraderie, loyalty and courage in adversity were based on [author Richard] Adams' war time experience with the Royal Army
Service Corps. Hazel's (James Backway) natural leadership during their life or death struggle to reach safety, Bigwig's (Richard
James-Neale) courage and principle, and Blackavaar's (Jess Murphy) suffering and forbearance were beautifully realised.
|- Alison Boulton, DailyInfo.co.uk (June 21st, 2016)
Watership Down - The Watermill, Newbury
16th June - 23rd July, 2016
It is an immensly physical staging, brimful with playfulness and energy. It is tremendous fun and compelling to watch.
...their journey to Watership Down is hazardous. Thankfully, they have the strong and cunning Bigwig, strikingly portrayed by Richard
James-Neale, to protect them.
A must see production.
|- Robin Strapp, The British Theatre Guide (June 21st, 2016)