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Tosca – The Lyceum, Sheffield

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Blanche McIntyre Conductor: Michael Rosewell Designer : Florence de Maré Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Love, passion, menace, lust, revenge, intrigue and murder; Puccini's opera Tosca has it all. These great passions lead to great misery. Set in Rome around the 1800s, Floria Tosca, a famous singer, and her lover, the artist Cavaradossi, become embroiled in the political ...

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Patience (or Bunthorne’s Bride) – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer/Composer  W.S. Gilbert/Arthur Sullivan Director: Liam Steel Conductor: Timothy Burke Designer: Florence de Mare Reviewer: Ron Simpson English Touring Opera’s Spring programme consists of two operas which have nothing in common stylistically despite being first performed within 20 years of each other. Puccini’s blood-boltered melodrama Tosca is teamed with Patience, an excellent choice as ETO’s first Gilbert and Sullivan. Like ...

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NEWS: West Yorkshire Playhouse awarded £25k to support refugee and asylum seekers

In January 2014, the West Yorkshire Playhouse became the UK’s first Theatre of Sanctuary, part of the larger Sanctuary Awards initiative launched by Leeds-based charity, the City of Sanctuary movement. Now, the theatre has been awarded £25,000 by the Asda Foundation, to support refugee and asylum seekers. Among other things, the grant will enable the theatre to develop creative writing ...

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Christopher Purves and Simon Lepper – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Reviewer: Ron Simpson Opera North’s programme for the Howard Assembly Room is always impressively varied, with jazz, world music and film extensively represented, but this recital took them nearer to home base. Christopher Purves’ most recent appearance with Opera North was as Gianni Schicchi as recently as two years ago. The programme was cleverly planned, four contrasted sets of songs ...

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Gaudete – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Ted Hughes Dramaturgy: Kate Papi, Oliviero Papi Director: Kate Papi Reviewer: Ron Simpson Gaudete is one of the more controversial of Ted Hughes’ writings. Variously described as a prose poem or a poetic novel, it takes as its bizarre subject the abduction of the Rev. Nicholas Lumb from his West Riding village by elemental spirits and his replacement by ...

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Casanova – The Grand, Leeds

Artistic Director: David Nixon OBE Choreographer: Kenneth Tindall Original Scenario: Kenneth Tindall & Ian Kelly Music: Kerry Muzzey Reviewer: Beverley Haigh The name Casanova is synonymous with womaniser, philanderer and seducer; more a derogatory term than an historical figure. Northern Ballet prove he was much more than this in Kenneth Tindell's original adaptation for the company, readdressing this and highlighting ...

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Roberto Fonseca – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Reviewer: Ron Simpson This exhilarating concert by Roberto Fonseca was the first in a short UK leg of a European tour – and how lucky we were to get it when only the Midlands and London, apart from Yorkshire, were able to hear this wonderful band. Roberto Fonseca is best known in Europe for being the pianist with the Buena ...

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The Night Season – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Rebecca Lenkiewicz Director: Adrian Rawlins Set Designer: Ed Ullyart Lighting: Simon Bedwell Reviewer: Ron Simpson Amanda in Noel Coward’s Private Lives famously commented on the potency of cheap music. While there is nothing cheap about the Fred Astaire chapter of the Great American Songbook, popular music – from Irish folk song to Marlene Dietrich via Astaire-Rogers classics – is ...

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