Home / Tag Archives: John Tams

Tag Archives: John Tams

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

War Horse – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Nick Stafford Director: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris Reviewer: John Roberts Almost 10 years to the day, War Horse gained its first preview at the National Theatre in London, however, the production almost never happened.  The then artistic director of the National Theatre couldn’t see how an adaptation of a children’s book about a horse in ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

War Horse – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Nick Stafford Director: Marianne Elliott &Tom Morris Reviewer: Iris Beaumont [Rating:5] War Horse never nearly happened, Nicholas Hytner was hesitant about a 2.5 hour long show where the central character was 10ft foot tall and never speaks a single word, however Tom Morris managed to persuade The National Theatre’s Director to take a risk and a ...

Read More »

War Horse: The Concert – The Lowry, Salford

Writer/Reader: Michael Morpurgo Music:Barry Coope and John Tams Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:3.5] After a massively successful stage version and a saccharine film one wonders what else can be done to promote Michael Morpurgo‘s novel. ‘War Horse: The Concert’ has the unique feature of the author reading a condensed version of his own novel to musical accompaniment from Barry Coope on ...

Read More »