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Matt as Jiminy Cricket

in Charles Court Opera's

Pinocchio

PINOCCHIO, Jiminy Cricket
Charles Court Opera
“wonderfully disarming, he is especially funny when he forced to disguise himself as a woman”  Theatre Breaks
“the excellent Matt RJ Ward” - Carns Theatre Passion
 
★★★★
"A lugubrious version of Eleanor Rigby (Ward) is a particular stand out" 
  Everything Theatre
"Jiminy Cricket (Ward)
is a work of genius that delivers proper comic pathos"- Shaw Sheet
DIE ZAUBERFLOTEMonostatos
Charles Court Opera

★★★★

“Ward turning the sinister Monostatos into an evil, pith-helmeted, gun-toting British imperialist, every character is moved one notch up the scale of pure fun and the audience loved it.”

EXPRESS by William Hartston

★★★★

“...always engaging with Ward as the Queen’s rifle-carrying henchman Monostatos looking like a colonial officer” British Theatre Guide

by Howard Loxton

★★★★

"Monostatos (Ward), was the sort of bally bounder your mother warned you about - all hands and unctuousness." Planet Hugill by Anthony Evans

Ward as Monostatos, Charles Court Opera

Matt on set, at the Lindbury Studio Royal Opera House, with the ETO Olivier Award for Paul Bunyan

PAUL BUNYAN, Western Union Boy

English Touring Opera

Olivier Award Winning Opera

 

★★★★
“Matt R J Ward as the Western Union Boy had two brilliant dance moments, showing of his skills.”

Planet Hugill by Robert Hugill

“Even the Western Union Boy (tenor Matt R J Ward) was keen to get into the act, excitedly executing a polished table-top routine that would not have shamed Fred Astaire. “

Opera Today by Claire Seymour

HIDDEN VALLEY, The Crow

St. Georges Concert Hall Bristol

WORLD PREMIERE

TALES OF HOFFMANN
English Touring Opera

TALES OF HOFFMANN, Franz

English Touring Opera

  ★★★★★ 

"A brilliant comic turn from Matt R J Ward."

The Telegraph, Rupert Christiansen

★★★★

“Matt R J Ward provides the comedic highlight of the evening.”

The Reviews Hub, Claire Hayes

Matt (right) in English Touring Opera's Tales of Hoffmann

“Ward’s delivery of his vainglorious song and dance routine could not be bettered.”

The Opera Critic, Catriona Graham

Frick in La Vie Parisienne

LA VIE PARISIENNE, Frick

Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music

“ Matt R J Ward’s witty performance as Frick was memorable, not only for his straight characterisation as a shoemaker but particularly for his disguise as a pompous major-general – fully the equal of Gilbert & Sullivan’s famous old buffer from The Pirates of Penzance.”

Classical Source by Curtis Rogers

“Matt R J Ward was deliriously over-the-top as Frick disguised as a general.”

Opera by Peter Reed

KING TUT, Carter

Charles Court Opera

Kings Head Theatre London

★★★★★ 

"fantastic chemistry"

Theatre Weekly

★★★★★

"It's impossible to take your eyes off the performance for even a minute... tremendous performances"

London Theatre 1

★★★★

The Stage

★★★★

Broadway World

★★★★

"Inventive and hilarious... Ward as Howard Carter is charming to watch."

Love London Culture

 

★★★★

"Guaranteed to give you a good time... not just packed with laughs but splendid voices. Ward plays Carter, you can see why Evelyn fancies him."

British Theatre Guide

★★★★

"Excellent work from Ward... highlights include a glorious solo from Ward."

The Reviews Hub

40 YEARS LATER
Concert at Albany's Historic Whaling Station
August 2017

"Ward’s spine-tingling voice echoed throughout the Skeleton Shed at Albany’s Historic Whaling Station, captivating the audience with his harmonies and humble presence."

 

"Ward led the audience in creating their own song about whaling, after hearing an old recording of an interview with a whaler. The low hum of the audience and the “in the deep blue ocean” repeated chant was combined with a hint of sonar noise and Ward’s incredible vocals, crafting a unique piece of musical theatre to commemorate Albany’s whaling history."

Great Southern Weekender by Ashleigh Fielding

Song writing with the audience

Under the Blue Whale skeleton in Albany

Song writing with the audience

McNish in the World Premiere of Shackleton's Cat, English Touring Opera

YEOMAN OF THE GUARD 
Fairfax
"I loved his wily, tongue in cheek delivery, and his superb vocals."
NODA by Stephen Macvicar
Matt performs Fairfax's monologue, for which he was nominated Best Male in G&S by NODA UK.