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Michael Morpurgo’s Farm Boy – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Author: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Daniel Buckroyd Director: C P Hallam Composer: Ru Hamilton Reviewer: Michael Gray Farm Boy is the sequel to Michael Morpurgo's phenomenal War Horse. It's a very different animal – a couple of actors, a costumed musician, and, centre stage “an old green Fordson”, the tractor which turns out to be at the heart of this story. ...

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Macbeth – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Michael Gray   At first glance this a typical look at Macbeth our contemporary - naked political ambition, red berets and body armour. But Daniel Buckroyd's accessible production, his sixth since he took the helm at the Mercury, has unique strengths. The staging is uncluttered but eloquent. Juliet Shillingford's design has a gloomy ...

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The 39 Steps- The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Patrick Barlow based on the book by John Buchan Director: Maria Aitken Tour Director: Lucy Skilbeck Reviewer: Nathanael Kent [rating:4] Increasingly often nowadays, theatre takes film or literature as its basis. Yet rarely does it elevate and reinvent the material as well as Maria Aitkens’ production of The 39 Steps. Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of John Buchan’s 1915 novel genuinely ...

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The 39 Steps – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: John Buchan Adapter: Patrick Barlow Director: Maria Aitken Reviewer: Mary Tapper [Rating:5] Most people know something of The 39 Steps; the original book by John Buchan, the black and white film from 1935 by Hitchcock, the later 1959 film starring Kenneth More, the 1978 version with Robert Powell as our hero, or even the BBC version from 2008 starring ...

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The 39 Steps – Floral Pavilion, New Brighton

Writer: John Buchan Adaptor: Patrick Barlow Director: Maria Atkin Reviewer:- Stephanie Rowe [rating:4] It would be hard to inject any more humour and absurdity into John Buchan’s original spy novel The 39 Step’s, however with Patrick Barlow’s witty and laugh out loud adaptation teamed with Maria Atkin’s inventive and pacey staging brings the exploits of handsome spy Richard Hannay vividly ...

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The 39 Steps – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Patrick Barlow, adapted from the book by John Buchan Director: Maria Aitken Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:5] This rip roaring tale of derring do, winner of the Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 2007, is very faithful to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film version of Buchan’s book. This is a remarkable statement to make when one considers it is performed by ...

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The 39 Steps – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Written by: Patrick Barlow Director: Maria Aitken Reviewer: T. MacLeod [Rating:5]   From start to finish, this production is pure comedic and theatrical joy and brilliance. The cast of four are outstanding, the direction is flawless, the set design is inspired, and the whole thing runs perfectly. In short, if you can get tickets to see this, go. Patrick Barlow ...

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The 39 Steps – The Opera House, Manchester

Writer: John Buchan Adaptor: Patrick Barlow Director: Maria Aitken Reviewer: Sebastian Farrell [Rating:5] The 39 Steps, a show of breathtaking magnificence returns to Manchester bringing Buchan’s spy thriller vividly and hilariously to life. Since its debut in the West End over six years ago, the show has gone on to receive critical acclaim not only here in the UK but ...

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