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Carmen – Mill and Tyne Theatre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Music: Georges Bizet Director: Boris Lagoda Conductor: Azat Maksutov Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Love, treachery, passion and betrayal, Carmen has it all. An opera in four acts, Bizet adapted the plot from the novel ‘Carmen’ by French writer Prosper Merimee. Opening in Seville, in a town square outside a cigarette factory, we see Michaela (Olga Sosnovskaya) asking some soldiers for her ...

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The Mikado -The Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Music: Arthur Sullivan Lyrics: W.S. Gilbert Musical Director: Ben Holder Reviewer: Sue Collier This production of The Mikado was due to start at 7:30pm, but it was only at this point that the auditorium was opened to the public and an amusing explanation announced, namely that the stage curtains would not close. The outcome of this problem turned out to ...

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Brand New Ancients – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Kate Tempest Producer: Sophie Bradley (Battersesa Arts Centre) Artistic Director: David Jubb (Battersea Arts Centre) Lighting Design: India Banks, Christina Hardinge &Matt O’Leary Music: Nell Catchpole in collaboration with Kwake Bass, Raven Bush, Jo Gibson &Natasha Zielazinski Reviewer: S.E. Webster In collaboration with Battersea Arts Centre, Kate Tempest has arrived at the West Yorkshire Playhouse with her highly acclaimed ...

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Bedroom Farce – Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Bedroom Farce was originally produced in Scarborough in 1975 and was followed by a famous National Theatre production, directed by Peter Hall. In the programme notes, Ayckbourn recalls how some people were unimpressed by this “commercial candy floss” being presented at such an eminent institution. However, the play has outlived such ...

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Fiddler on the Roof – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer: Joseph Stein Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Director and Choreographer: Craig Revel Horwood Orchestrator and Musical Director: Sarah Travis Reviewer: Ray Taylor The latest reincarnation of this much loved musical is a resounding success; a packed house gave a standing ovation on its opening night in Bradford. This new production tells the story of the small village community ...

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Eat, Pray, Laugh! Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour– The Grand Theatre, Leeds

Music: Andrew Ross Director: Simon Phillips Reviewer: Rosie Revell In Eat, Pray, Laugh Australian comedian Barry Humphries bids his final swansong from live performances and as his most famous bespectacled character puts it “a meditation on loss, gender, climate change, gay marriage and ethnicity’. For nearly 50 years Barry Humphries’ comic characters have outraged and shocked in equal measure. From ...

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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Alan Janes Music: Buddy Holly Lyrics: Buddy Holly Director: Matt Salisbury Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story rocked into Darlington town this week. This two act show walked us through Buddy Holly's meteoric three-year career and tragic death by way of radio D.J's announcing pivotal plot points. Each transition is followed by music-induced scenes with all the ...

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Carmen – The Royal Hall, Harrogate

Music: Georges Bizet Director: Boris Lagoda Conductor: Azat Maksutov Reviewer: Ray Taylor The Russian State Ballet and Opera Theatre of Komi have entertained a full house at Harrogate with their performance of what is considered the world’s most popular opera. The Theatre was founded in 1958 and is located in a republic just to the north of Moscow. They are ...

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