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Kes – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Barry Hines Director, Choreographer and Adapter: Jonathan Watkins Composer: Alex Baranowski Designer: Ben Stones Puppetry Designer and Director: Rachael Canning Reviewer: Ray Taylor A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines, first published in 1968, and the film Kes directed by Ken Loach in 1969 are both extremely well known and loved by millions. The film in particular is ...

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Tom Paxton and Janis Ian, Together At Last – Grand Opera House, York

Music: Tom Paxton, Janis Ian, Robin Bullock Reviewer: Sue Collier Tom Paxton walked on stage to thunderous applause and held his enthusiastic audience star-struck. His warm and jovial nature was endearing and he clearly loved the York setting which delighted his audience. On stage for their first UK tour together, Paxton and Janis Ian provided an evening of cheerful merriment ...

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Othello – Barnsley Civic Theatre

Writer: William Shakespeare Music: Ron McAllister Director: Max Lewendel Reviewer: Fiona Hannon Othello is one of Shakespeare’s best known plays and is performed regularly. It is a timeless story of betrayal and deception, of jealously and manipulation, where the action moves from sophisticated Venice to the heat of the sun in military Cyprus. Othello (Gary Stoner), a powerful military leader, ...

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The Lion King – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Music: Elton John, Lebo M, Mark Mancina and others Lyrics: Tim Rice and others Book: Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi Director: Julie Taymor Choreographer: Garth Fagan Musical Director: Jonathan Gill Reviewer: Audrey Pointer The Lion King is a massive theatrical blockbuster born from a collaboration between showbiz heavyweights Tim Rice and Elton John and includes the Oscar-winning song ‘Can You ...

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Tom’s Midnight Garden – Darlington Civic Theatre, Darlington

Adapted for the stage by David Wood Book: Phillipa Pearce Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Mark Clegg Anyone who was lucky enough to see Birmingham Stage Company’s production of James and the Giant Peach last year will know to expect theatrical magic from this, their adaptation of another classic of children’s literature. Originally published in 1958, Phillipa Pearce’s story sees young ...

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Circus of Horrors: London After Midnight – Victoria Theatre, Halifax

Director: Dr. Haze Reviewer: Holly Spanner Circus of Horrors are celebrating 18th bloody years of Shock ‘n’ Roll, after having recently made their way through to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent. In these 18 years, they have gained somewhat of a cult following with audience members arriving in capes, stockings and top hats. Featuring a variety of circus acts ...

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Sing Something Simple – Cast, Doncaster

Writer &Director: Vanessa Brooks Digital Projection Design: Mic Pool Reviewer: Andrew White It’s always positive to have a feel-good factor after watching a piece of theatre: and that’s certainly in abundance after coming out of Sing Something Simple. Spencer Parkin cannot sing. This is a bit of a problem. His mum belts out 80’s power ballads as part of a ...

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