CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
"The cast throw themselves in like Gloop into a chocolate waterfall. Central, of course, is Wonka himself. Smith plays him as a brightly-colored praying mantis, as likely to bite your head off as perch prettily about the place. He's the worst kind of guide unless you're exactly the right kind of kid. It's a key element in the character's appeal, and Smith nails every nuance."
- Time Out Melbourne
"Paul Slade Smith owns the show from his first appearance as the candy man."
- Noise 11
"As the wily chocolatier, Paul Slade Smith makes an excellent Willy Wonka. He has the imperious presence to pull off the charming but quixotic and unpredictable Wonka."
- Arts Hub
"Finding Neverland is also a backstage romp, as Barrie and blustery producer Charles Frohman must convince a rebellious troupe of thespians (Josh Lamon and Paul Slade Smith are standouts) to tackle his strange tale of fairies and pirates and - ugh - children.”
Paul as Willy Wonka in the Australian premiere of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Photo by Dayna Ransley, 2019
Finding Neverland at American Repertory Theatre, 2014
Paul as Doctor Dillamond in Wicked, 2012