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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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Private Peaceful – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Director/Adapter: Simon Reade Reviewer: James Garrington In this centenary year of the outbreak of World War One, it is inevitable that there will be a raft of shows commemorating the event. Private Peaceful is one such play. It is based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, a man who has written a huge number of children’s stories, ...

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PREVIEW – The National Theatre at The Lowry

Reporter: Jim Gillespie The Lowry theatre in Salford played host to a triple-decker event to mark the regional tour of some of the National Theatre’s most successful shows of recent years: One Man, Two Guvnors; War Horse; and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The first two of these have enjoyed sell-out runs at the Lowry in ...

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Private Peaceful – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Michael Morpurgo (adapted by Simon Reade) Director: Simon Reade Reviewer: Alice McGuigan The silhouette of a soldier crosses the dim-lit stage of no-man's land. Arriving at a thin, wiry bed, he strips off his uniform to reveal a young boy in braces, sounding a cheerful West Country accent. Based on the children's novel by Michael Morpurgo, Private Peaceful is ...

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Private Peaceful – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor/Director: Simon Reade Reviewer: John Roberts “I want to believe in Heaven, that there is life after death!” Based on the true stories of 300 British soldiers who were shot for cowardice during World War I – Michael Morpurgo’s tragic but beautifully constructed story hits an emotional punch as Tommo Peaceful recounts his life story on the ...

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War Horse – Mayflower, Southampton

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Director: Marianne Elliott, Tom Morris, Alex Sims Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage The National Theatre’s phenomenal touring production of War Horse which opened last night at Southampton’s Mayflower is a story that many people are aware of either through Michael Morpurgo’s book or the Stephen Spielberg film. However, nothing quite prepares you for seeing this show live on stage. ...

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Toro! Toro! – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Simon Reade Music: Pete Aves Director: Philip Wilson Reviewer: Helen Jones [rating:4] Author Michael Morpurgo was on a trip to Spain when he discovered a farm which bred the black bulls for the bullring. On the same day he found himself at the small ruined village of Sauceda, destroyed by the first deliberate aerial bombardment of ...

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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 ...

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