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Taking Charlie – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: Neil Warhurst Reviewer: Rosie Revell They say truth is stranger than fiction. One of the strangest stories out there is the true story of the abduction of Charlie Chaplin’s dead body from his Swiss grave in 1978. Goofus, an exciting new theatre company, present this story as their first ever tour and it is an interesting mix of fantasy, ...

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Dance ‘Til Dawn – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Ed Curtis Music: Chris Egan Director: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Katie Lee The Strictly Come Dancing stars return in a follow up to their Midnight Tango tour with a new show capturing the golden age of Hollywood. This 1940's romp through Vincent and Flavia's favourite dances is housed in professional production with the romance of an LA film set. Directed ...

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Ensemble 360: Music In The Round – Cast, Doncaster

Violins: Claudia Ajmore-Marsan, Sarah-Jane Bradley, Benjamin Nabarro Cello: Gemma Rosefield Double Bass: Laurѐne Durantel Horn: Naomi Atherton Oboe: Adrian Wilson Clarinet: Matthew Hunt Flute: Juliette Bausor Bassoon: Amy Harman Reviewer: Andrew White There’s something magical about Music in the Round. It’s about being closer to the music and feeling a part of it; and that’s what the capacity crowd in ...

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Teechers – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer/Director: John Godber Set/Lighting: Graham Kirk Reviewer: Rosie Revell Rarely a week goes by where the education system, or more accurately the state of it, is not in the headlines. With a new curriculum looming for the youth of Britain today, and the emphasis moving away from the arts, never has a revival of John Godber’s Teechers, a bitingly clever ...

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Pygmalion – The Grand Theatre, Leeds

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Holly Spanner Don’t recognise the name? Perhaps you’ll recognise the story. Pygmalion is one of George Bernard Shaw’s most popular plays, first staged in 1912 (originally subtitled A Romance in Five Acts). Aristocrat and phonetics expert Professor Henry Higgins makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can transform Cockney ...

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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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