War Horse @ The Regent Theatre

Posted on March 27th, 2019 by


@ The Regent Theatre, Hanley.

I’d seen War Horse in the bright lights of London’s West End a few years ago and thought it was superb.  So, venturing up Hanley (duck) tonight, I kind of knew what to expect and just how good it would be as it made its merry way to The Potteries.

I was wrong.

The cramped, atmospheric surroundings of its London home made it a cosy-at-best, knees-red-raw-in-the-morning-at-worst experience for my husband at well over six feet tall, and even for me – a few inches shorter – I felt like an overplayed accordion by the end of the evening. Yet here, in the ample leg-roomed majesty of The Regent, the impossible became possible. War Horse was actually even better than when I’d seen it before!

Following 8 record-record breaking years in London’s West End and having played in 11 countries around the world to over 7 million people, I watched the National Theatre’s acclaimed play on the first of it’s 10 day/night run in our lovely city…..

Michael Morpurgo’s classic novel is turned into a spellbinding riot of noise and visuals that batter at any senses that are left after your ride on the emotional rollercoaster that War Horse truly is. It’s basically a love story; true, unbridled (geddit?) and unequivocal friendship between a sixteen year old lad and his horse, set during the First World War.

The horses and other animals are the stars of the show. The puppetry is quite simply breathtaking. Indeed, they seem uncannily real in movement and mood. They may be puppets, but this wasn’t Punch and Judy or Kermit and Miss Piggy: this was striking and inspirational stuff on a grand scale. The horses are quite simply unbelievable. An event in themselves. Add on amazing sound, lighting and animated projections and I doubt you won’t be gobsmacked when you see it for the first time. Or second.

Indeed, at times it seems less a theatrical experience: it’s more of a concert or an event. It’s simply a huge, massive thing.

The city centre has had some wonderful stuff on in recent weeks: concerts by James and the Sleaford Mods went ballistic, and tomorrow I’m off to listen to Dave Haslam and Colin Curtis talk about their dj-ing careers. It’s things like the above, and getting the likes of War Horse here, that will get this city, our city, back firmly on the cultural map. My advice is simply to get yourself a ticket for War Horse before it gallops away from ST1 in 9 days time.


War Horse runs at the Regent Theatre up to and including Saturday 6th April.

For ticket details call 0844 871 7615 or go to https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/war-horse/regent-theatre/



New DUCK pin badges

Posted on March 26th, 2019 by

New DUCK pin badges

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WIN an Alton Towers Premium Season Pass for you and a friend!

Posted on March 18th, 2019 by

WIN an Alton Towers Premium Season Pass for you and a friend!

We’re celebrating the start of the 2019 season at Alton Towers Resort and the launch of the Alton Towers Dungeon!

We’ve teamed up with Alton Towers Resort to give away 2 Premium Season Passes, which include Theme Park entry throughout the 2019 season along with the brand new Alton Towers Dungeon launching 23rd March! Win one for you and a mate!


1. Follow both @DUCKmagstoke and @altontowers on Twitter

2. Read the info below and send us at @DUCKmagstoke the answer to the question by direct message on Twitter.

3. Winner drawn 8pm Friday 22nd March 2019 

For all information regarding Alton Towers Premium Season Pass, please visit: https://www.altontowers.com/tickets/season-pass/

Valid for entry until the end of the 2019 season

Exclusion dates: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in August, our Fireworks special events

Not valid on Theme Park closed days, see our calendar here:

Each pass will have a photo & name on, so can’t be shared with someone else



Unleash the ‘Power of the Towers’ this year as you share joy, laughter and thrills with family and friends at Britain’s Greatest Escape!  Dare you add a visit to the new Alton Towers Dungeon* where you can laugh and scream as you journey through Staffordshire’s darkest history, plus enjoy an awesome choice of world-class rollercoasters including Wicker Man, Nemesis, Oblivion and The Smiler and a host of fantastic family attractions including the brand new ‘Peter RabbitTM Hippity Hop’ ride etc…………

To enjoy the scary fun of the Alton Towers Dungeon again and again, as well as over 40 more breath taking rides and attractions including Wicker Man, buy an Alton Towers Premium Season Pass for just £70: pay for a day, and come back for free all season. (exclusion dates apply) The Season Pass at just £56 is another fantastic way to experience the Power of the Towers, allowing days and days of fun during 2019. As an added bonus, all Season Pass holders will always be the first to know about the very latest news, with special offers and updates straight to their inbox!

For more information about Alton Towers Resort or to book your fantastic escape, please visit www.altontowers.com 

COMPETITION QUESTION (send @DUCKmagstoke on Twitter a direct message with the answer by Friday 8pm]

How much is an Alton Towers Premium Season Pass?