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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Jim Gillespie A Midsummer Night’s Dream is probably one of Shakespeare’s best-known dramas. It was therefore intriguing to see what the all male Propeller company could bring to such a well-loved but well-worn piece. The plot is intricate, as four distinct groups of characters - the court, the lovers, the artisans, and the ...

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The Comedy of Errors – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Jim Gillespie All male company Propeller are at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield this week with two productions, alternating the generally gentle romance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with the near-slapstick Comedy of Errors. Propeller have built up a loyal fan base for their energetic, physical takes on the Shakespeare canon, and they ...

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Stephen K Amos is The Spokesman – The Studio, Bradford

Writer: Stephen K Amos Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Stephen K Amos is a really nice bloke. Sheepishly trotting into the bar of The Studio half an hour late he was going to have to treat the audience when he finally got on stage. So what did he give them? An extra half hour of improvised material by being his own warm ...

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The Tiger Lillies: Lulu a Murder Ballad – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Music and Words: Martyn Jacques Direction and Design: Mark Holthusen Reviewer: Sue Collier On entering the auditorium, the audience are introduced to the era of Lulu via the sound of early 20th Century Berlin Cabaret songs. We encounter three musicians on stage, together with a young girl Lulu. Lulu’s story is eerily narrated by her exploitative pimp, the revolting Shig ...

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Dracula – Harrogate Theatre

Director: Eliot Giuralarocca Writer: John Ginman Reviewer: Rosie Revell It is telling that Bram Stoker’s 400 page novel Dracula, first published in 1897, has never been out of print. It has well and truly sunk its teeth into popular culture as we know it, spawning over 200 different types of adaptations, TV series, films and plays. The vampire, as a ...

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An Evening with Greg Dyke – Cast, Doncaster

Host: Len Tingle Reviewer: Andrew White AnEvening with Greg Dyke. The former Director-General of the BBC. In Doncaster. Well, even five years ago, this wouldn’t have seemed possible. Part of the vision for the new performance venue in the town, called Cast; if this is a sign of the quality and diversity of things to come, then it is most ...

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Songs of Solidarity, Suffrage & Strength – City Varieties, Leeds

Writer: Boff Whalley Reviewer: Holly Spanner Established in 1968, Red Ladder is one of the nation’s leading touring companies dedicated to producing theatre which has the power for social change. With productions that are engaging, thought provoking and have a strong political voice, Songs of Solidarity, Suffrage &Strength is no different. A double bill, the audience are treated to two ...

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