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Ballet British Columbia – The Alhambra, Bradford

Music: Dirk P Haubrich, Johannes Brahms, Ori Lichtik Artistic Director: Emily Molnar Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Dance Consortium is presenting Ballet British Columbia who are embarking on their first ever UK tour including a stop at Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre.  Following their successful performances at the 2016 Birmingham International Dance Festival, the opportunity for a tour arose.  The company is reputed for ...

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Minefield – Northern Stage, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Writer: Lola Arias Director: Lola Arias  Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Minefield? It certainly is, a minefield of real raw intimate personal revelations. Argentinian artist Lola Arias worked with six veterans from the 1982 Argentinian War to produce this multi-media show. It begins with each veteran introducing himself giving details of when and how he joined up. As these are not actors ...

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Jane Eyre, An Autobiography – Barnsley Civic

Writer/Director: Elton Townend Jones Adapted from: Charlotte Bronte Lighting Designer: Martin Tucker Sound Designer: Danny Bright Reviewer: Ron Simpson Dyad Productions, founded in 2009, now has an enviable reputation for producing high-quality work on the smallest of scales. Jane Eyre – An Autobiography, touring nationally after its success on the Edinburgh Fringe, is essentially the work of the two founders ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty -Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography: Marius Petipa, Peter Wright Reviewer: Helen Tope A ballet with an unrivalled pedigree, Sleeping Beauty is the classic everyone knows. The challenge, when taking on this production, is how to stop a classic turning into a cliché. The story of Princess Aurora, put to sleep by a witch’s curse, has plenty of scope for darkness beneath the glamour. ...

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The Last Ship – Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne

Music & Lyrics: Sting Book: Lorne Campbell Musical Director: Richard John Director: Lorne Campbell Reviewer: Mark Clegg Sting’s musical The Last Ship premiered in 2014 in Chicago before transferring to Broadway. A passion project for Sting who was born and raised in Wallsend, Newcastle - the heartland of the shipbuilding industry, an original story of the decline of British industry ...

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Rambert – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Artistic Director: Mark Baldwin Choreographers: Aletta Collins, Ben Duke, Andonis Foniadakis, Itzik Galili, Julie Cunningham Reviewer: Cathy Swaby Rambert’s three-part show is pulsing and visually mesmerising. Dancers bend and fold themselves around the stage to poignant music and equally poignant themes. Firstly, we witness Symbiosis where the scaled scantily clad team writhe and flit to beautiful orchestral electronica music, furtively ...

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The Comet – Print Room at The Coronet, London

Directors: Teresa and Andrzej Welmiński Reviewer: Richard Maguire There couldn’t be a better venue for The Comet, an absurdist take on the work of Polish author Bruno Schulz, than the Print Room in Notting Hill’s old cinema, The Coronet. With peeling wallpaper in what was once the cinema’s stalls, and with secret corridors leading to hidden rooms and to a gravity-defying ...

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Turn of the Screw – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Henry James Adaptor: Tim Luscombe Director: Daniel Buckroyd Designer: Sara Perks Reviewer: Ron Simpson Henry James’ novella, The Turn of the Screw, is far from a conventional ghost story. In the 120 years since its publication, it has spawned countless chilling versions, from film to opera, but equally has set a platoon of academics advancing theories about the nature ...

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