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War Horse – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Nick Stafford (from Michael Morpurgo’s novel) Director: Marianna Elliott & Tom Morris Designer: Rae Smith Puppet Design and Direction: Basil Jones & Adrian Kohler Choreographer: Toby Sedgwick  Music: Adrian Sutton Reviewer: Leah Tozer  War Horse may be a show about horses, but it has the most heart, the most heroism, and the most humanity of any show you’ll ever see. The tale of Joey the horse and ...

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The Weir – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Conor McPherson Director:  Adele Thomas Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest In a tiny local pub, in the depths of rural Ireland, five people come together, drink and tell stories. Brendon, the young owner, stands and listens, while Jack and Jim, a cantankerous old sot and his more mild-mannered associate, trade barbs with Finbar, their wealthy, successful friend and sparring-partner. Completing the ...

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Ninagawa Macbeth –  Lyric, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer:  William Shakespeare Director: Yukio Ninagawa Reviewer: Joan Phillips If you think you have seen enough versions of Shakespeare then Yukio Ninagawa’s spectacular Macbeth is a wonderful reminder how his plays can be reinvented and resonate across different generations, and different cultures. There seems to be some sort of spiritual fit between Japanese classical culture and Shakespeare: the tragic themes; hand to ...

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My Name is Rachel Corrie – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Taken from the writings of Rachel Corrie Director: Chelsey Gillard Reviewer: Beth Steer With the permission of the family of Rachel Corrie, a young American activist working for the International Solidarity Movement in Gaza, My Name is Rachel Corrie has been edited from Rachel’s writings. Based on her journals and emails, it tracks her journey from life as an ...

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Happiness Ltd – Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Tom Nicholas Director: Jo Newman Reviewer: Kelyn Luther In a world where dating is a swipe left or swipe right, could you make a computer game that tracks and rewards your happiness? As computer game writer Tyler (Liam Salmon) puts it, has his fellow computer game designer Vi (Gabrielle Sheppard) invented a ‘Pokémon Go for clinical depression’? Sheppard endearingly portrays ...

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Deathtrap – The New Theatre, Cardiff

A man with a mace and a woman looking apprehension at a table

Writer: Ira Levin Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Beth Steer Pitted as a ‘satisfying spine-chiller that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat’, Deathtrap in its UK tour is a real showstopper. The play holds the record for the longest-running Broadway thriller in history – and it’s not hard to see why. With a talented cast of five, more twists ...

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Ice Road – Jacob’s Wells Baths, Bristol

Writer: Sharon Clark Director: Kate Hewitt Designer: Conor Murphy  Music: Timothy X Atack  Reviewer: Leah Tozer  It’s late. We’re walking into a snow-covered scene, carrying a rose to ‘pay our respects’. We are greeted by rows of radios that remind us of gravestones that we pick up and put around our necks – and just like that, in walking from one room to another, Raucous’ Ice ...

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The Wedding – The Lighthouse, Poole

Created by: Amit Lahav Associate Director: Rich Rusk Music: Dave Price Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Many things are associated with a wedding: abundant flowers, big white dresses and loud music, but most importantly, a happy couple committing their lives to one another. All this rings true in this unforgettable depiction of a modern ceremony, with the addition of one thing: the ...

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