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Goodnight, Mister Tom – New Theatre, Cardiff

Patrick Troughton in Goodnight Mr Tom

Writer: Michelle Magorian Stage Adaptation: David Wood Director: Angus Jackson Reviewer: Megan Pearce Goodnight Mister Tom is fast becoming a Great British classic. The story; originally adapted from a book, became a BAFTA award-winning TV filmand is now an enthralling and emotional theatre tour. Set in 1939, Britain is on the brink of war with Germany, and lots of ‘towny’ ...

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Private Peaceful – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor and director: Simon Reade Reviewer: Audrey Pointer The 100th anniversary of the start of The Great War has led to a feeding frenzy of creative projects. Here, West Yorkshire Playhouse offers a short work based on Michael “War Horse” Morpurgo’s 2003 book for children, which was Blue Peter Book of the Year. Simon Reade is responsible ...

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Small War – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Valentijn Dhaenens Reviewer: Marina Spark Through its latest co-production with SKaGeN and Richard Jordan Productions Ltd the Theatre Royal, Plymouth proves once again that it is not your average regional theatre. Having just returned to Plymouth after a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Small War is a unique, technically impressive tapestry of reflections on war. Writer and ...

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ShellShock – Waterloo East Theatre, London

Writer: Tim Thomas (music, book and lyrics) Director: Matthew Gould Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The issue of combat "shell shock" - in a modern context, diagnosed as "combat stress reaction" or post-traumatic stress disorder - seems to be an odd subject for a musical. That's a reaction that's only compounded by Waterloo East's new production, Shell Shock. Set in 1975, the ...

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Eldorado – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Marius Von Mayenburg (translated by Maja Zade) Director: Simon Dormandy Reviewer: Georgina Newman El Dorado is the mythical South American city associated with gold, greed and opportunity. Marius Von Mayenburg's Eldorado is a war-torn city, a bourgeois world. A place so ravaged by bombs that it has become every property investor's paradise, where everyone wants to make riches from ...

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Fiesco – New Diorama, London

Writer: Friedrich Schiller Adaptor: Daniel Millar &Mark Leipacher Director: Mark Leipacher Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] With this, their third Schiller adaptation in two years, The Faction Theatre Company are continuing their ambitious quest to stage the complete works of one of Germany’s premiere playwrights. A new version by Daniel Millar and Mark Leipacher, and directed by the latter, Fiesco is ...

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The Situation Room – The Lowry, Salford

Directors: James Blakey / Tom Mansfield Reviewer: Poppy Helm [Rating:4] For any fan of innovative theatre, The Situation Room has an alluring premise: in a 'secret location' down a quiet Salford street, an empty building has been transformed into a cabinet room where the audience are empowered to make decisions that will change the face of history. Developed in collaboration ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Gotcha! – theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

Writer: Charles Barron Director: Charles Barron Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:1.5] If Gotcha! was to be summed up in one word it would be: interminable. Ninety five minutes of jumbled, vaguely connected characters waxing lyrical on a range of topics from Scottish drinking culture to the war in Afganistan, this piece is shot through with examples of racism and a shoe-horned ...

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