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Kes – Cast, Doncaster

Directors: Philip Osment and Kully Thiarai Book:Barry Hines Reviewer : Andrew White When you are celebrating the end of a successful first year of a new venue, it is ideal to feature a story with local significance which really makes a point about the venues place in the community. So for their celebration, Doncaster’s one year old theatre Cast, chose ...

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She Stoops to Conquer – Viaduct Theatre, Halifax

Writer: Oliver Goldsmith Director: Conrad Nelson Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer is a rarity, being a humorous play of the 18th century still regularly performed today. It’s an obvious choice for award-winning company Northern Broadsides, with their avowed intent to breathe new life into classical texts. At home in Liberty Hall, Mr. ...

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Singin’ in the Rain – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Book: Betty Comden &Adolf Green Music: Nacio Herb Brown &Arthur Freed Choreographer: Andrew Wright Director: Jonathan Church Reviewer: Holly Spanner When the American musical comedy film Singin’ in the Rain starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor, was first released in 1952, it was only a modest hit. Since then however, its popularity has risen to extraordinary heights, and ...

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The Mousetrap – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Ian Watt-Smith Reviewer: Janet Jepson Mention The Mousetrap penned by Agatha Christie, and most theatregoers will know that it’s famous for being the longest-running show of any kind in the history of British theatre. It has played with a variety of casts, made up of well-known actors and not so well-known for 62 years – almost ...

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Romeo and Juliet – Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate

Writer: William Shakespeare Music: Alex Beetschen Director: Andrew Normington Reviewer: Janet Jepson “Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo?”, but one might well ask where Juliet is in this production of the Bard’s famous work, since it is a performance by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men – a traditional all-male troupe of Shakespearian actors. The fact that all the female rôles are ...

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The Ken Dodd Happiness Show – Playhouse Theatre, Whitley Bay

Reviewer: Rob Atkinson "Legend" is a word far too freely bandied about as the tendency towards hyperbole continues to bend out of shape critiques of matters sporting and theatrical - not to mention screens big and small. But every now and then, you encounter somebody for whom no other word is quite adequate, by reason of innate talent, longevity of ...

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Shrek The Musical – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Lindsay and Cameron Sykes After a Wickedly triumphant run of a previous west end musical, Leeds Grand leaves down the green carpet to welcome in Shrek The Musical on the first leg of its first UK tour. If you don’t know the story of Shrek the green ...

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Rock of Ages – Sunderland Empire

Book: Chris D’Arienzo Director: Kristin Hanggi Reviewer: Mark Clegg It’s the mid-to-late eighties on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip. Drew (Noel Sullivan) is a budding rock musician working in a run-down club. Sherrie (Cordelia Farnworth) is a country girl, new in town and full of dreams of fame and fortune. And this being a musical, we follow the rocky path to ...

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