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Northern Ballet: Jane Eyre – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Cathy Marston Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 novel Jane Eyre is a game-changing work of literature, introducing character-based internalisation of the action previously largely the domain of poetry, and creating faction that explored social realism and critique, sexuality, religion and proto-feminism. It was a novel that redefined the possibilities of fiction in a way that makes it still relevant ...

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Revolting Women – Scarcroft Allotments, York

Writer: Vashti Maclachlan Composer: Kieran Buckeridge Director: Jonny Kelly Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Designer: Celia Perkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson In many ways, you see Mikron Theatre Company at its best in settings like York’s Scarcroft Allotments. The company does pretty well in theatres (see our review of Get Well Soon at the Square Chapel), but it is at its most ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – The Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Music: Sergei Prokofiev Reviewer: Dominic Corr At the heart of any fairy-tale, is love. It’s the basis of almost all narratives, communicated in a plethora of ways, through spoken word, music but most primal through dance. The Grimm brother's Cinderella is perhaps the crowning pinnacle of the folklore world. Multiple in its variations, adaptations and ...

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Birdsong – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Sebastian Faulks Adapation: Rachel Wagstaff                       Directors: Alistair Whatley/Charlotte Peters Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Birdsong first opened in London’s West End in 2010 to much acclaim and subsequently, went on a UK tour from 2013-15.  Birdsong is currently embarking on another tour during 2018 and is stopping at many venues including York’s Theatre Royal. Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong (1993) is adapted for ...

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Legally Blonde – Liverpool Empire

Music & Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe & Nell Benjamin Book: Heather Hach Director: Anthony Williams Reviewer: John Roberts  Legally Blonde is currently on week 40 of its current UK tour being produced by UK Productions. Overall this is a highly enjoyable and energetic version under the direction of Anthony Williams, which has plenty of original touches that separate it from past versions. It does, however, ...

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LIFT 2018: Creation (Pictures for Dorian) – Purcell Room, London

Creators/Directors: Gob Squad Reviewer: Scott Matthewman British/German art collective Gob Squad’s latest offering, which premiered at this year’s Brighton Festival, claims to be inspired by Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Such parallels as there are actually distract from a much larger, ruminatory work, which contemplates the inevitability of the passage of time while also exploring the relationship between ...

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Shadow Kingdoms  – Theatre503, London

Writer: Berri George Director: Adam Dattis Reviewer: Richard Maguire So acceptable is street art now that if we were to grab our spray cans and head off to paint the walls of Shoreditch, the chances are we won’t get arrested. However, it wasn’t always so safe and Shadow Kingdoms, set in the early 2000s, is concerned with street art’s darker ...

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Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: Simon Reade Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Dave Smith Sherlock Holmes apparently holds the Guinness World Record for the most portrayed literary human character on film and television. He may not be such a regular on stage but, nonetheless, you still have a lot of preconceptions and iconic portrayals to deal with, especially if you’re trying to do something new ...

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