Antonio in The Revenger's Tragedy, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Brilliant conception. . . vividly exciting piece of theatre

The Stage

Edmund in King Lear, Compass Theatre Company, London and tour

John Gillett - impressive.


.....performance lingers in the memory.

Blackpool doubt as to why both Goneril and Regan should have fallen so heavily for the bastard Edmund in the figure of John Gillett who was in fine acting fettle.

Irish News

...a plausibly serviceable villain driven by circumstance as much as malice.


We have seen you in many television programmes. We came to see you in A Flea In Her Ear, Macbeth and The Cherry Orchard. Credit to you especially for portraying the different characters so well. You are a truly professional actor who has a talent to captivate an audience - whether it be a live theatre audience or television audience.

Audience member, Lynn Dove

Arthur A Robertson in The American Clock, Arthur Miller, Theatre Royal, York

John Gillett is pure Dynasty as the shrewd financier who sold out and beat the Wall Street crash.... lucid but compassionate.

The Stage

Angelo in Measure for Measure, Young Vic Theatre, London

Mr Gillett offers a high-charged, perfectly focused study in puritan corruption.

The Times

The great scenes between Isabella and Angelo are outstanding. John Gillett is convincing both in his portrayal of frigid virtue and in the way that he becomes almost unhinged by the sexuality that Isabella unleashes in him.

The Guardian

Chandebise in A Flea In Her Ear, Feydeau, Nottingham Playhouse

Luther in The Daughter-in-Law, Dukes Playhouse, Lancaster

Slim in Of Mice and Men, Liverpool Playhouse

John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Dickens, Theatre Royal, York

John Gillett as choirmaster Jasper gives the most impressive performance that the Theatre Royal has seen this year.

Yorkshire Evening Press

John Gillett gave a star quality performance in a difficult characterisation on which the whole situation and the play depends.

The Stage

.....powerful villain, Jekyll and Hyde and Svengali in one.

Financial Times

Aston in The Caretaker, Harold Pinter, Salisbury Playhouse

The most striking performance comes from John Gillett as Aston, ponderously deliberate in action and speech, naive and almost imploring in his kindliness and grindingly ineffectual. This is a superb portrait of sad, ingenuous doggedness which Gillett crowns with a beautifully phrased and utterly moving interpretation of Aston's long account of his illness.

The Stage

Mal Rimmer in The Bill, Thames

Fyodor in The Parasol, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Barton in Dearly Beloved, Cambridge Theatre Company/Hampstead Theatre

Mr Knightley in Emma, Cambridge Theatre Company