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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 ...

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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 ...

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War Horse – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Nick Stafford from the original by Michael Morpurgo Director: Marianne Elliott & Tom Morris Movement: Toby Sedgwick Reviewer: Neill Barston From the moment the opening sequences of War Horse play out in a rural Devonshire field, this remarkable work of theatre remains truly captivating. As its author Michael Morpurgo – who attended the Canterbury press night marking the 10th ...

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The 39 Steps – New Theatre, Cardiff

Rob Whitcomb as Man 1, Andrew Hodges as Man 2 and Richard Ede as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps

Book: John Buchan Adaptor: Patrick Barlow Director: Maria Aitken Reviewer:Jaclyn Martin   “What are the 39 steps?” – this is the question our hero, Richard Hanney, spends the play trying to answer. After a mysterious woman gets stabbed in the back in his West End apartment, Hanney finds himself embroiled in a dizzying journey to exonerate himself from murder. It ...

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NEWS: Jim Broadbent leads Christmas Carol cast

Veteran actor Jim Broadbent is to return to the stage to play Ebenezer Scrooge in a new version ofA Christmas Carol this Christmas at the Noel Coward Theatre, London. The show will preview from 30 November. Adapted byPatrick Barlowfrom Charles Dickens’ classic story, first published in 1843, Barlow’s production ofA Christmas Carolwill bring some of Dickens’ most memorable characters to ...

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The Hudsucker Proxy – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen and Sam Raimi Adaptor: Simon Dormandy Director: Simon Dormandy and Toby Sedgwick Reviewer: Jo Beggs Translating a Hollywood film script to the stage is hardly unknown – it’s a great way to bring familiarity to your theatrical season – and judging by Kneehigh’s recent Rebecca, it might well bring lots of folks out who don’t ...

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War Horse – The New London Theatre, London

Direction: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris Choreography: Toby Sedgwick Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:3.5] War Horse has been around in the UK in some incarnation since it opened at the National Theatre in 2007, and it is well known for being a blinding hit. Everyone you know has probably seen it, and they’ve probably told you how good it was. They ...

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The 39 Steps – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Patrick Barlow, adapted from the book by John Buchan Director: Maria Aitken Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:5] This rip roaring tale of derring do, winner of the Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 2007, is very faithful to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film version of Buchan’s book. This is a remarkable statement to make when one considers it is performed by ...

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