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A My Name Is… – TheaterLab, New York

(My Name Is...) (TheaterLab) (NYC) (c)Maria Baranova

Music: Jonah Kreitner & Sahand Rahbar Choreographer & Director: Stefanie Nelson Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers The space at TheaterLab is a blank canvas: blindingly pristine white, nearly shocking under unfiltered light. Stefanie Nelson’s A My Name Is... utilizes this pregnant emptiness of space brilliantly, at times embracing the starkness, at others filling and imbuing it. The stasis of the clean, crisp vessel ...

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The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: C.S. Lewis Director: Sally Cookson Puppetry Director: Craig Leo Designer: Rae Smith Composer/MD: Benji Bower Reviewer: Holly Spanner The creative team at the West Yorkshire Playhouse are known for their spectacular Christmas productions (who can forget Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a production so successful it went on to tour the UK), and Sally Cookson’s adaptation of The Lion, the ...

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The Little Mermaid – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Hans Christian Anderson Director, Choreographer & Costume Designer: David Nixon Composer: Sally Beamish Reviewer: Holly Spanner Originally published in 1837, the Hans Christian Anderson fairy story has been adapted on countless occasions for film, television, print and theatre over its 180-year history. The most famous of these, of course, being the Disney 1989 animated movie. David Nixon’s version with ...

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What the Moon Saw – Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Choreographer: Tamsin Fitzgerald from the story by Hans Christian Andersen Composer: Angus Macrea Reviewer: John Kennedy The very noble, if rather esoteric programme notes draw an obtuse reference to the ‘colourless’ consequences of Brexit contrasting with the Company’s multi-hued experiences in India. This re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s eponymous story is their response. Thespian rescue-therapy? Be that as it may, it is ...

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 Illuminate – Manchester Central Library 

Artistic Direction: Kevin Edward Turner Choreography: Kevin Edward Turner, Anthony Missen Musical Direction: Miguel Marin Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Illuminate is a site-specific promenade dance performance created by Manchester dance company Company Chameleon and commissioned by Manchester Central Library for their Library Live cultural events programme. Illuminate explores seven themes or plot-lines that have underpinned literature through the centuries, in an ...

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The Nutcracker – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music:  Pyotr Tchaikovsky Choreographers: Sir Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov and Vincent Redmon Reviewer: John Kennedy Embedded in Birmingham’s ballet advent season for the past 26 years, this captivating explosion of magical movement -  Sir Peter Wright’s production of The Nutcracker - remains an evergreen, deliriously romantic and enchanting delight. It was a truth universally acknowledged, mid-1960s, that an intellectual was one whom could ...

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Romeo and Juliet – Bristol Hippodrome

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev Choreographer: Rudolf Nureyev Conductor: Gavin Sutherland Artistic Director: Tamara Rojo Reviewer: Claire Hayes English National Ballet (ENB)’s Renaissance-set Romeo and Juliet revives the original choreography created by Rudolf Nureyev in 1997 for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. This new restaging under artistic director Tamara Rojo, first seen at the Royal Festival Hall in 2016, is a visual spectacle of intricate ...

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The Little Mermaid – The New Victoria Theatre, Woking 

Director and choreographer: David Nixon Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Diving fins first into their Autumn season is the Leeds based dance company Northern Ballet with a whimsical and watery reimagining of a classic: The Little Mermaid, a new ballet based on the 1837 Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. With all its creative elements forging a powerful show, it is unclear what leaves ...

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