Toby Parker Rees

Toby Parker Rees
Cambridge University


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5 Minutes With Pierre Novellie

Grandaddy TOBY PARKER-REES makes a grand return in order to cross blades with renowned comedian Pierre Novellie about his new show Nonsense. It’s mostly nonsense.

Emmy The Great

TOBY PARKER-REES is brought to his knees by a combination of archly-aerated love songs and an unfortunate venue choice.

Live Every Week Like It’s May Week

TOBY PARKER-REES hails the ridiculousness of May Week as epitomising what life before the real world should be about: not following rules, experimenting, and doing things for the sake of enjoyment.

Interview: Stewart Lee

“I thought we were heading into a bland dystopia but in the last few weeks I’ve thought ‘maybe – maybe something interesting’s going to happen’.” TOBY PARKER-REES talks to STEWART LEE, alternative comedian to most and a ‘shit-haired cunt’ to some.

The Seagull

The novelty of seeing Simon Haines in a student play isn’t enough for TOBY PARKER-REES. Ironically, the standout performance was from a complete greenhorn called Lily.

The 24 Hour Plays

TOBY PARKER REES breaks it down for you nice and smooth. Impressively this review took fewer than 24 hours to write.

Theatre Guide Dog: Week 8

TOBY PARKER REES fervently believes that you are either a scumbag, a maggot, a cheap lousy faggot or all of the above. The week’s theatre may crop up intermittently.

Theatre Guide Dog: Week 7

TOBY PARKER REES is dreaming that he’s running.

Now, Now

TOBY PARKER REES can finally love again, thanks to Care of Douglas.

Jesus Procession Continues As John’s Scrape By

No change at the summit of the top division as Jesus, John’s and Downing all win.

Bouncers: The Remix

TOBY PARKER REES & JESSICA PATTERSON are on the door. Shit plays aren’t getting in. ‘Bouncers’ goes home alone.

Theatre Guide Dog (Unit): Week 6

TOBY PARKER REES thought you threw the stick but really you just mimed it. And that’s Theatre too.

Theatre Guide Dog: Week 5 Blues ‘Special’

TOBY PARKER REES gives it to you straight like a pear cider made from 100% theatre guide dog.


TOBY PARKER-REES is impressed by Faith, Rape & Pain.

Theatre Guide Dog: Week 4 (Halloween Special)

TOBY PARKER-REES toilet papers your house.

Theatre Guide Dog: Week 3

TOBY PARKER-REES has a play on this week, but may also mention others in passing.


Theatre Editors JESSICA PATTERSON & TOBY PARKER-REES are pleasantly surprised by a thoughtfully curated evening of new writing.

Theatre Guide Dog: Week 2

TOBY PARKER-REES kicks you around like the dirty little sket you are but tells you all about the week’s theatre so it’s all ok.

Theatre Guide Dog: Week 1

TOBY PARKER-REES leads you through the methadone (not mephedrone) dreamscape of the week’s theatrical events.

Review: Daniel Kitson

TOBY PARKER-REES: ‘Basically, if you like things that are intellectually superior but not by that much, like Charlie Brooker, then have a go on Daniel Kitson’

Review: Michael Pinchbeck – The Post Show Party Show

If you’re ‘not one of those people who complain about modern art’ you might enjoy the clever and conceptual evening of theatre as much as TOBY PARKER REES.

Review: Timon of Athens

TOBY PARKER REES feels ‘lines like “You knot of mouth-friends” deserve to be heard’ and this production does them justice.

Review: The Final Countdown

TOBY PARKER REES: ‘If a nine year old Michael Mcintyre… had been asked to do an assembly about Cambridge, this is what he would have created’.

Review: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

TOBY PARKER REES thinks ‘this is a production that very much deserves to be seen’.

Writer Crush: Tom de Freston

TOBY PARKER REES on the artist.