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Doctor Faustus – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

Writer: Christopher MarloweDirector: Paulette RandallReviewer: Scott Matthewman Now that Emma Rice’s electric lights have faded away like a neon fever dream at Shakespeare’s Globe, the venue’s latest production of Doctor Faustus returns to the candlelight staging within the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse that is, perhaps, far more appropriate for Marlowe’s tale of witchcraft and devilry. Amongst the heritage staging, though, director Paulette Randall ...

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The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: C.S. Lewis Director: Sally Cookson Puppetry Director: Craig Leo Designer: Rae Smith Composer/MD: Benji Bower Reviewer: Holly Spanner The creative team at the West Yorkshire Playhouse are known for their spectacular Christmas productions (who can forget Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a production so successful it went on to tour the UK), and Sally Cookson’s adaptation of The Lion, the ...

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STAGE SHOT: Peter Pan – National Theatre

Today the National Theatre released the production images for their annual family Christmas show. This year's treat is an adaptation of J.M Barrie's Peter Pan in a co-production between with Bristol Old Vic. When Peter Pan, the leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow during a visit to London, headstrong Wendy helps him re-attach it. In return she is invited to Neverland ...

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War Horse – Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Nick Stafford Original Music: Adrian Sutton Songmaker: John Tams Director :Alex Sims Reviewer: Mel Duncan Earning a well deserved reputation as a must-see piece of theatre, and having allowed over 5 million individuals the privilege of the experience (half of the number of the fighting force lost worldwide in the conflict depicted), WarHorse is a prolific ...

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War Horse – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Nick Stafford Directors: Marianne Elliott &Tom Morris Reviewer: Chris Williams The National Theatre’s blockbuster stage version of Michael Morpugo’s novel gallops into Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre to rapturous, and emotional, audience approval. The plot is a simple one – simple is often the best, and to be fair much of the play’s success is down to ...

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