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This House – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: James Graham Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Dave Smith Local boy James Graham (who is from the village of Annesley and used to work at the Royal Centre as a doorman) has become not only one of this country’s most successful playwrights in recent years, he’s almost certainly been the most prolific. In just the last 12 months, he’s had ...

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Holes – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Louis Sachar Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Dave Smith Having got his tenure as Artistic Director at Nottingham Playhouse off to a solid start with local mining paean Wonderland, Adam Penford here significantly raises the bar with this unendingly inventive and entertaining adaptation of Louis Sachar’s modern classic novel Holes. This is a clever and intelligently directed combination of humour, silliness, ...

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War Horse – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: Nick Stafford, from the book by Michael Morpurgo Directors: Marianne Elliot and Tom Morris Reviewer: Dave Smith Since it first opened at the National Theatre in 2007 – an adaptation Michael Morpurgo, the writer of the source novel, thought “they must be mad” to even attempt - War Horse has been playing somewhere in the world almost continually. In that time it ...

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Wonderland – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Beth Steel Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Dave Smith There’s no escaping the fact that how you view the events and politics of the 1983/84 miners’ strike is going to have a serious impact on how you view Beth Steel’s homage to the camaraderie and courage of Britain’s now all but disappeared mining communities. As the daughter of a Nottinghamshire ...

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East is East – Nottingham Playhouse

An Asian family in their chip shop

Writer: Ayub Khan Din Director: Suba Das Reviewer: Dave Smith The press night for this timely revival of Ayub Khan Din’s 1996 play, a co-production with Northern Stage, takes place a little over a week before a General Election in which Islam, immigration and Britain’s place in the world have played a leading role. That many of the issues that ...

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Shirley Valentine – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer:  Dave Smith Willy Russell’s ever-popular Shirley Valentine, first seen at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre in 1986, has been given a long overdue and high-profile revival in the form of a major national tour. Original director Glen Walford is again in charge, with Jodie Prenger given the difficult task of carrying the whole thing ...

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The Who’s Tommy – Nottingham Playhouse

Three young men dancing in front of a statue

Music & Lyrics: Pete Townsend Book: Pete Townsend & Des McAnuff Additional Music & Lyrics: John Entwistle & Keith Moon Director: Kerry Michael Reviewer:  Dave Smith It’s nearly 50 years since The Who released Tommy, one of two concept albums by the band (along with Quadrophenia) that helped turn them from Mod favourites to genuine rock icons. The plot concerns ...

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The Grapes of Wrath – Nottingham Playhouse

Molly Logan (Rose)

Writer: Frank Galati adapted from the novel by John Steinbeck Director: Abbey Wright Reviewer:  Claire Going John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel is widely acknowledged as an epic tale of struggle and unity, and Frank Galati’s stage adaptation has been lauded, winning a Tony Award back in 1990.  What a shame, then, that Abbey Wright’s new production of The Grapes of Wrath never quite ...

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