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Whisky Galore – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Compton Mackenzie Adapted by: Philip Goulding Director: Kevin Shaw Designer: Patrick Connellan Reviewer: Ron Simpson Oldham Coliseum’s touring production of Whisky Galore is based on at least three promising ideas. Unfortunately, in Philip Goulding’s stylish, but dramatically inert, script and Kevin Shaw’s oddly conservative direction, none comes to fruition. Indeed sometimes the intentions seem to conflict with each other. ...

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An Officer and a Gentleman the Musical – The Grand, Leeds

Based on the book by Douglas Day Stewart and Sharleen Cooper Cohen Director: Nikolai Foster Choreographer: Kate Prince Musical supervision: Sarah Travis Reviewer: Janet Jepson Wow… just about sums up this wonderful staging of An Officer and a Gentleman from Curve Productions, premiering this week at the Grand Theatre, Leeds. The 1982 film of the same name is an icon ...

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When We Were Brothers – The Underground, Bradford

Writer: Ben Tagoe Director: Aisha Khan Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Freedom Studios was established in Bradford to reflect the diversity of the city and to produce work that resonates with, and who are often underrepresented in society. Their latest piece When We Were Brothers tackles the issue of male mental health; a subject that has become more prominent, especially in the ...

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Sunset Boulevard – Lyceum, Sheffield

Book and Lyrics: Don Black and Christopher Hampton Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Sunset Boulevard has been around for an astonishing length of time. The original Billy Wilder film was made in the early 1950s, and versions of Lloyd Webber’s musical have been in production since the early 1990s, with mixed success. Nevertheless, like the ...

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Get Well Soon – Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax

Writer: Ged Cooper Director: Marianne McNamara Composer/Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Reviewer: Ron Simpson In Get Well Soon, Danuta, the Polish nurse, is fond of explaining everything by means of Polish proverbs; one turns out to be much the same as “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That seems to be the formula by which Mikron Theatre operates. Having devised ...

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Hymn to Love – Homage to Piaf – York Theatre Royal, Studio

Devised by Annie Castledine, Steve Trafford and Elizabeth Mansfield Writer/Translator: Steve Trafford Director: Damien Cruden Reviewer: Ron Simpson It’s telling that the first credit on Hymn to Love – Homage to Piaf goes to the devisers, not the writer or director. It’s an effective dramatic concept that works well in combination with some timeless songs, but the text is limited ...

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Art – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Yazmina Reza Translator: Christopher Hampton Music: Gary Yershon Director: Ellie Jones Reviewer: Janet Jepson Art always gives the appearance of being a quintessentially middle-class English drama, performed by traditional middle-aged actors on a contemporary set. However, it is somewhat surprising to learn that the work was originally written in French by Yasmina Reza, a Russian/Iranian/Hungarian/Jewish playwright from Paris. Translator ...

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TORO: Beauty & the Bull – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Choreographer: Carlos Pons Guerra Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood For one evening at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, DeNada Dance Theatre presented Carlos Pons Guerra’s TORO: Beauty & the Bull. The intriguing dance production is dark and has a contemporary retake on the popular fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Act one opens with The Girl (Emma Walker) who works as a ...

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