THE STAGE (Mark Shenton)


'It's becoming commonplace to declare that a show at the tiny fringe powerhouse of the Union Theatre is a musical miracle, but one has definitely occurred now with its turn-around of a legendary flop into something that is truly beautiful, tender and true'

'Michael Strassen reclaims The Baker's Wife for ever as the affecting miniature masterpiece that has always been lurking inside it. By reducing the scale, Strassen amplifies the emotion, and I was in tears frequently throughout his gorgeously sung, superbly staged production.'

'Michael Matus brings heartbreaking strength to the baker … Lisa Stokke is piercingly lovely as his wife Genevieve.'



WHATSONSTAGE (Michael Coveney)


'Michael Strassen's Union revival – he really does these small-scale re-heats very well…'

'…one really good song – "Meadowlark" — which Stokke does delightfully, spreading her wings metaphorically and soaring from an initial crouching posture.'



GUARDIAN (Lyn Gardner)


'The fine cast of 18 attests to the depth and breadth of current British musical talent, and there are two knock-out performances from Michael Matus as the Baker and Ricky Butt as the cafe owner's wife, Denise…'




'…this production deserves much more than its presently scheduled run. Meanwhile grab a ticket if you can.'


'Musical director Chris Mundy has done a marvellous job in drawing such precision and blended harmony from the company and with Colin Clark on cello produces a sound that feels like a full pit orchestra. Bravo!'




'…standout performances from Michael Matus as Aimable the Baker and Ricky Butt as Denise, the funny and clever proprietress of the village cafe.'

'…it gives a layer of subtlety to a production that leaves one with rather more to chew over than the average romcom'




'Strasssen's production is engagingly staged, enjoyable to watch and captures the Union's characteristic warmth'