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How to Hide a Lion – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Writer: Helen Stephens Adaptor: Peter GlanvilleComposer: Barb Jungr Director: Peter Glanville Reviewer: David Guest A magical children’s book roars into life as a spellbinding stage show thanks to the considerable joint talents of a Pigtails Productions creative team. How to Hide a Lion is based on the illustrated Helen Stephens book, which is warm and wonderful in itself. In the ...

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War Horse – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Nick Stafford, adapted from the novel by Michael Morpurgo Directors: Marianne Elliot and Tom Morris Reviewer: Kelyn Luther This tenth-year anniversary tour coincides with the centenary year of the end of WWI, so it’s a poignant time see War Horse back in Plymouth again. One of the National Theatre’s most successful productions, the play begins when farmer’s son Albert ...

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Backup – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle It’s 4am at the North Pole and a snowstorm is brewing. A van, carrying a television crew snakes through the snow and so begins what is undoubtedly one of the most delightful shows at this year’s festival. A short-form work combining puppetry, object theatre, and gestural theatre, the piece is a charming look at those caught in ...

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Randy Writes a Novel – Theatre Row (The Clurman Theatre), New York

[Randy Writes A Novel] [Theatre Row, NYC] (c)Chris McDonald

Writer: Randy Director: Randy Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Randy is a globetrotting vegan from Australia making headlines with his stand-up comedy. Randy also happens to be a purple puppet, who wrote a novel, that he would very much like to share with New York audiences at Theatre Row. A one-puppet performance, Randy commands the stage for anywhere from seventy to one ...

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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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Best of BE FESTIVAL – Circomedia, Bristol

Reviewer: Julia Beasley The fabulously floodlit church of St Paul in Portland Square is the perfect venue for this trio of top-drawer alternative theatre performances. Home to renowned circus skills academy Circomedia, it ably hosts the best acts from last year’s BE FESTIVAL, Birmingham’s international festival of performing arts (previously called Birmingham European Festival). First of the three performances is ...

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War Horse – Bradford Alhambra

Writer: Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford Music: Adrian Sutton Songs: John Tams Directors: Marianne Elliot, Tom Morris Puppet direction, design and fabrication: Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler Reviewer: Sue Collier War Horse has received a great deal of attention and critical acclaim over the last decade. Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 children’s novel depicts the experience of World War I, from ...

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Pinocchio – National Theatre, London

Writer: Dennis Kelly Director: John Tiffany Reviewer: Richard Maguire The National’s Christmas show Pinocchio is a hybrid affair with The Fox and The Coachman played as old-fashioned pantomime villains while slickly choreographed numbers are straight out of a West End musical. But despite the cast’s best efforts, it’s the wooden actors who steal the show here. The puppet creations designed ...

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