Reviews, Awards & Testimonials


“Crawshaw is master of his materials. His next play will be watched with interest”
- The Spectator

“Written with equal parts flourish and focus by Tom Crawshaw”
- The Times (on Boris World King)

Satire as sharp as ever
- The Guardian

“Light-footed and adept at scrambling the act of theatre”
- Time Out

“Tom Crawshaw’s fine entertainment deserves to be seen by everyone.”
- British Theatre Guide

“Tom Stoppard for the Michael Gondry generation”
- Three Weeks

“Essentially the new Shakespeare in town”
- Edinburgh Guide

“The dedication of this talented young man is astonishing”
- Daily Mail

“Tom Crawshaw is a real playwright”
- London Theatre Guide

“Both smart and funny… an ingenious little box of tricks”
- The Times (on Play On Words)

“As you might expect with Crawshaw’s clever writing, there is more to this than meets the eye.”
- Fringe Review (on The Importance Of Being Frank)

“The audience hugely enjoys this clever show”  ★★★★★
- The Stage (on The Adventure Machine)

“A remarkable play, which will surely have a future beyond Edinburgh”
- Chortle (on Not The Messiah)

“Tom Crawshaw seems to go from strength to strength. This is the sort of script that makes me want to see the play again, immediately, just to see how he managed to do it.”
- Buxton Fringe Review (on Not The Messiah)

★★★★★ The Stage, Fringe Guru, Three Weeks, Edinburgh Guide, Remote Goat, Broadway Baby
★★★★ The Times, Evening Standard, Chortle, WhatsOnStage, British Theatre Guide


  • Cameron Mackintosh Award for New Writing, 2007
  • Winner, Lost Theatre Five Minute Play Festival, 2012
  • Spirit Of The Fringe Award, Fringe Guru, 2011
  • Best Production of 2015, chrisontheatre
  • Best Event, Buxton Fringe 2012
  • Best Musical Comedy, Buxton Fringe 2005
  • Winner, OUDS New Writing Festival, 2007


“I have been a professional actor for twenty five years. Tom Crawshaw wrote a one-man-show for me to perform. His writing is beautifully constructed and, as an actor himself, he has a performer’s feel for what will work well. Not The Messiah has a wonderful balance of comedy and pathos. Reviews and audience reaction will back all this up!”
- George Telfer, Actor, Dotted Line Productions

“The Chronicles of Arnica was perfectly pitched for our cast of 9-15 year olds: they engaged with it right from the beginning. Tom’s writing never talked down to the children in the cast or in the audience, and at the same time, the play was exciting to watch, with plenty of jokes for the adults in the audience to enjoy. I’d have no hesitation in working with Tom again.”
- Laura Monaghan, Artistic Director, REC Young People’s Theatre Company