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The Hired Man – Hull Truck Theatre

Book: Melvyn Bragg Music/Lyrics: Howard Goodall Director: Douglas Rintoul Designer: Jean Chan Musical Director: Ben Goddard Reviewer: Ron Simpson Great claims are made for The Hired Man in the publicity for this co-production which has already been well received at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. On this evidence, it’s difficult to accept that it’s the best British musical of the last ...

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Kiss Me – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Richard Bean Director: Matt Aston Set Designer: Ed Ullyart Reviewer: Ron Simpson Richard Bean’s last play to be seen on Humberside was the rowdy and exuberantly comic The Hypocrite which helped Hull Truck celebrate the City of Culture. It is a great achievement for East Riding Theatre to be able to present his 2016 play, Kiss Me, which was ...

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The Cavalry Behind You – Theatre 503, London

Writer and Director: Tom Stuchfield Reviewer: Ann Bawtree A telling production on the sombre subject of the First World War, Tom Stuchfield’s play is brought to life through the witness of many characters, played by the six actors who are on stage for the whole of the play. The company comprises a varied group drawn not only from the allied ...

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Spring Offensive – Omnibus Theatre, London

Writer: Victoria Willing Director: Marie McCarthy Reviewer: Sophia Moss Spring Offensive is an intelligent, bleak and ambitious exploration of war tourism, disappointment, loneliness and life as a British expat. The first half of this play is compelling but, as the evening wears on, tensions rise and the laughter is replaced by awkward silences, the audience may be confused and a ...

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The Wipers Times – Arts Theatre, London

Writers: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: Maryam Philpott When we think of the First World War, the casualties, the shelling and the mud, it is the pity of it that almost always springs to mind. Rarely do we think about the humour, the humanity of the men trying to find a lighter way through to the end. ...

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Journey’s End – Tiverton Theatre

Writer: RC Sherriff Director: James Tobias Reviewer: Harry Mottram We are bombed, machine-gunned and shot at, and we are only the audience. For more than two hours the soldiers pinned down in a bunker in RC Sherriff’s First World War drama battle their own demons as much as the German army. Performed on the high stage in Tiverton Theatre, Journey’s End ...

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The Wipers Times – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writers: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: Paul Couch As we approach the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month, thoughts naturally turn to those on both sides who fought in The Great War and our theatre producers are no exception. Now largely forgotten, The Wipers Times was a short-lived satirical publication, a fore-runner ...

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War Stories – King’s Arms, Salford

Writers: Emma Gibson and Rob Johnston Director: Benedict Power Reviewer: Jo Beggs Theatre spaces like the King’s Arms were made for intense little dramas like War Stories, an affecting two-hander that translates a vast and terrible story into an intimate conversation. Played on a simple set with a paired back, but beautifully lit, set by Meriel Pym, this first world ...

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