"Kalinina's production is lacerating; it suggests a talent, ambition and intelligence of significant promise"  ★★★★ THE TIMES (Dutchman)

The kids are taking over the theatre company Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Not only is a young guest director, Polina Kalinina, in charge for only the second time in SATTF's history, this much-told fable about the battle between youth and age is given a revamp that will make anyone over the age of 25 worry about being past it....Thrilling work’.” ★★★★ GUARDIAN (Romeo and Juliet)

“The decision to fully embrace and perform Romeo and Juliet as a teenager’s play is at the heart of why Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s latest performance is so majestically good.” ★★★★ EXEUNT (Romeo and Juliet)

"Polina Kalinina’s production kicks off in rabble-rousing style. It’s spirited, vigorous, and always pungent.” ★★★★ THE TIMES (The Playboy of the Western World)

"Under the direction of young Russian director Polina Kalinina it works as a visceral thrill ride as heady as that of first love…With its 'star is born' central turn and youthful vitality to burn this Romeo and Juliet is a bullseye for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory.’ ★★★★  WhatsOnStage (Romeo and Juliet)

 "Kalinina serves up a rattlingly lively evening…What the cast capture so well is the vibrant pulse of paganism that beats just below the religious observances.” ★★★★ EVENING STANDARD (The Playboy of the Western World)

"Gifted is not a light-hearted, romantic or relaxing theatre choice, but it is a thought-provoking and frightening experience that sheds light on issues that desperately need it." A Younger Theatre (Gifted)

"Striking production….something memorable" ★★★★ THE PUBLIC REVIEWS (Romeo and Juliet)

"This is a Romeo and Juliet filled not with sighings and swoonings but with grunts and roars: passionate, full of vivid emotion, shot through with the (blood)lust of youth" Bristol 24/7 (Romeo and Juliet) 

"Kalinina’s direction is intelligent and slick, ensuring perfect pace and mood throughout.”  ★★★★ WhatsOnStage (Overruled)

“That the plays do not seem dated in any way, but surprisingly relevant and new, is credit to the insightful approach of the director and the exemplary playing of the cast.”  ★★★★★ OneStopArts (Overruled)

"The production sings with originality and leaves us in patient expectation to see what comes next from all concerned."  ★★★★ Stage Talk Magazine (Romeo and Juliet)