This page may better be titled "If
you ever get the opportunity"
Below, members have kindly
contributed short reviews of plays that they have seen and are happy
to recommend to other members. There is a good chance that some of
the plays may have completed their runs, but the general tenet of
this section is "If ever you get the opportunity to see:" in the
view of those below, the opportunity should be taken.
Please get in touch with me at email@example.com if
you would like to contribute to this section.
from the novel by Sebastian Faulks)
World War drama
who has read this book, published in 1993, will know that it is a
mixture of the romance between a soldier serving in the trenches in
Northern France and the terrible consequences of the conflict that
claimed the lives of so many soldiers on both sides of the conflict.
There were moments of tender passion and some very moving drama as
the story unfolded. The direction was cleverly done, as the action
evolves around Stephen Wraysford, a British Army Officer, and
Isabelle Azaire, a French woman with whom he falls in love, and
alternates between his life in the trenches and the arms of
Isabelle, as the war raged on. There were some very moving moments,
and though the horror of this dreadful conflict was shockingly
portrayed, I found the play to be a memorable experience.
(2nd July 2013)
Never so good
new play by Howard Brenton)
the Lyttleton Theatre (part of the National complex), the open stage
was particularly drab, but from the moment Jeremy Irons made his
entrance the whole place came alive. He plays the part of Harold
MacMillan telling the story of his life from his days at Eton right
up to the time when he was forced to resign as Prime Minister over
the Profumo Affair. It was a brilliant insight into this man's life
and the problems he encountered as a soldier both in the 1914-18 war
and the Second World War, and in his troubled marriage and the
intrigues of politics. I would recommend this to anybody who has an
interest in politics should it ever return to the stage.
(21st August 2008)
The War Horse(adapted
from the novel by Michael Morpurgo)
This is a play that has been to The
National and at the time of writing this review is back again. It is
one I saw some time ago, and was so impressed that I feel that it is
It is the story of a horse
(obviously) and its life from a foal, trained and broken for farm
work and in maturity taken by the Army to be trained for the war in
the 1914-18 conflict, and beyond. It is about those who love him and
those who ill-treat him and how this gentle creature responds to
All the horses on stage are the most
astounding puppets I have ever seen and so magnificently manipulated
that one begins to believe that they are flesh and blood.
recommend this play as good family entertainment for teenagers
upwards, with a strong storyline and the usual brilliant acting that
one expects from the National Theatre, although there were no
well-known actors in the production I saw.
(19th August 2008)