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War Horse – Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Nick Stafford Director: Marianne Elliott &Tom Morris Reviewer: Laura Hesketh   “I promise I won't hurt you...I never will.” Since 2007, the National Theatre's adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's stunning novel War Horse has been mesmerising audiences - and it is not hard to see why. The famous portrayal of Joey the horse using superb puppetry is ...

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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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Private Peaceful – Theatre Royal, Winchester

Director and adaptation: Simon Reade Original Book: Michael Morpurgo Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan Writing a performance for children about the atrocities and complexities of the First World War is a difficult task. Many may think that the subject matter is something to shy away from the delicate ears of children, but acknowledge that to neglect educating the next generation about our ...

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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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Friend or Foe – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Daniel Buckroyd Director: Matthew Cullum Reviewer: Michael Gray   By coincidence, or careful planning, press night for Friend or Foefalls seventy-five years to the day since Britain went to war with Germany. When Chamberlain spoke and the first sirens wailed, Operation Pied Piper was already underway, relocating thousands of evacuee children to the relative safety ...

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War Horse – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Nick Stafford Director: Marianne Elliott &Tom Morris Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Sometimes it seems that our hearts and minds cannot handle or contemplate human suffering and loss on such a momentous scale as occurred in the world wars. Yet if we focus on one story or relationship within the tangled web of the past we can engaged ...

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Private Peaceful – Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptation: Simon Reade Director: Simon Reade "Tonight, I want to believe there's a heaven, that there's a life after death, like father said. That death is not a full stop." Scamp Theatre's production of Private Peaceful is already a well-established piece of theatre. Its flyer - justifiably boastful - is adorned with five-star reviews. They aren't undeserved. ...

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Private Peaceful – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Simon Reade Director: Simon Reade Reviewer: Claire Hayes An unknown soldier of the First World War finds his voice as Private Thomas Peaceful in this adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel, which has been revived by Poonamallee Productions for the centenary of the outbreak of hostilities. Tommo, played by William Troughton, brings us face to face with ...

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