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Goodnight, Mister Tom – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: David Wood Adapted from: Michelle Magorian Director: Jake Smith Designer: Ed Ullyart Lighting: Simon Bedwell Composer: David Barton Reviewer: Ron Simpson Goodnight, Mister Tom, best known for the television version with John Thaw 20 years ago, is an adaptation of a 1981 novel by Michelle Magorian. In David Wood’s dramatisation, most of the story remains, with the most noticeable ...

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On Behalf of the People – National Coal Mining Museum for England, Wakefield

Writer: Ray Castleton Director: Charlie Kenber Designer: Carl Davies Reviewer: Ron Simpson On Behalf of the People was commissioned from The Melting Shop by the National Coal Mining Museum as part of its commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the nationalisation of the mining industry. Ray Castleton claims that it’s about the people, not the politics, but in fact, it’s ...

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – CAST, Doncaster

Two boys reaching out either side of a barbed wire fence

Music: Gary Yershon Choreographer/Director: Daniel de Andrade Reviewer: Janet Jepson For many years after the Second World War ended very few people knew much about the atrocities that had occurred in the concentration (death) camps, and just how much the unfortunate Jewish race had suffered. As time went on however horrific memories were shared by survivors, and historians uncovered the ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Pals – Sweet Venues Waterfront 1

Two soldiers

Writer & Director: Jason Gerdes Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Cornwall-based theatre company North South Theatre bring their touching World War 2 piece Pals to the Brighton Fringe. A tale of comradeship, Pals sees three young friends sign up as new recruits after Kitchener’s push in the first years of the Second World War. We follow the three young soldiers from signing ...

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NEWS: Wales Millennium Centre to premiere original WW2 musical

Wales Millennium Centre is to premiere first full-scale, original musical, Only The Brave, the venue has announced today [28 January]. Produced in collaboration with Soho Theatre, Daniel Sparrow Productions and Birdsong Productions, Only The Brave tells the story of the lives of men and women caught up in the D-Day landings. Olivier Best Actor winner David Thaxton (Passion, Les Misérables, ...

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The Silver Sword – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Susie McKenna (adapted from the novel byIan Serraillier) Composer: Steven Edis Director: Susie McKenna Reviewer: Paul Couch “We can’t have migrants wandering all over Europe!” No, not an extract from UKIP’s latest manifesto, but a proclamation from an over-zealous and xenophobic Burgermeister in Sell A Door Theatre/Belgrade Theatre’s excellent adaptation of Ian Serraillier’s 1956 novel, The Silver Sword. The ...

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Waiting for Stanley – CAST, Doncaster

Devised by: Leela Bunce and Alexander Parsonage Director: Alexander Parsonage Sound Design: Ed Elbourne Puppetry: Oliver Smart Reviewer: Janet Jepson It was undeniably hard for the men who did their duty serving in the armed forces during the Second World War, but Waiting for Stanley illustrates very forcibly that it wasn’t so easy for the women left behind in Blighty ...

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Adolf and Winston – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Stu Mcloughlin and Howard Coggins Director: Craig Edwards Reviewer: Joan Phillips [Rating:4.5 ] There has been much revisionist history taking place in the last few decades and this new version of World War 2 by Living Spit Theatre Company deserves consideration for its’ own place in the military history canon. Just as it took a very talented piano player ...

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