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Fat Friends – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer and Director: Kay Mellor Composer: Nick Lloyd Webber Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Loosely based on the tv show of the same name which ran from 2000 to 2005, Fat Friends has a clear target audience in the middle-aged women attending at Sheffield's opening night, and if the knowing laughs and whispered comments are anything to judge by, many of whom ...

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A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer – Northern Stage, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Writers: Bryony Kimmings, Brian Lobel and Kirsty Housley Director: Kirsty Hously Music: Tom Parkinson           Reviewer: Anna Ambelez When producer of the multi-award winning company Complicite’s, Judith Dimant (MBE) asked Bryony Kimmings to write a new show, she had just been diagnosed with cancer; Kimmings suggested cancer as the subject and neither could have known the journey it would take them ...

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Phoenix Dance Theatre Windrush (Movement of the people) – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Music: Various artists Directors: Sharon Watson, Aletta Collins, Christopher Bruce CBE Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Phoenix Dance Theatre opens this season with a mixed programme and features the world premiere of Windrush: Movement of the People.  This season is special as the company takes the opportunity to recognise the multicultural society of this country and also celebrate black British culture. The ...

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We Are the Lions, Mr Manager – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: Neil Gore Director: Louise Townsend Designer: Carl Davies Reviewer: Ron Simpson Townsend Theatre Productions are a rare and wonderful thing, taking self-written, committed and consistently entertaining plays on left-wing subjects, mostly union-related, on the road for mammoth tours. If the tours are mammoth in terms of duration, the production is always small-scale in terms of the impedimenta of theatre ...

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Son of a Preacher Man – Darlington Hippodrome

A woman leans over a man bent backwards over a table

Writer: Warner Brown Director & Musical Staging: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Mark Clegg Just when you think that the trend for jukebox musicals has exhausted every famous pop act’s back catalogue, along comes another one. To be fair, the songs of Dusty Springfield offer a rich and varied repertoire on which to base a musical but as Son of a ...

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Un ballo in maschera – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Antonio Somma Director: Tim Albery Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball) is Opera North’s first ever staging of this opera, forming part of the Fatal Passions season this winter.  Verdi’s opera is not as well known compared to his other works such as Aida, La Traviata and Rigoletto, however, it gives the ...

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Of Mice and Men – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Jan Townend Set Design: Dave Law Reviewer: Ron Simpson John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is unusual in that his stage version is not really an adaptation. Where most dramatisations of novels involve the writing of fresh dialogue and decisions about what to cut, Steinbeck’s original novella is short enough and so full of dialogue that ...

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Austen: The Musical – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer/Composer: Rob Winlow Director: Timothy Trimingham Lee Musical Director: Arlene McNaught Reviewer: Ron Simpson Austen – the Musical is an enjoyable, if rather predictable, brief life of Jane Austen, generally close to the mark in biographical facts, refreshingly free of distortion and sensationalism, if with no special insight or originality. It provides a welcome reminder of a much-loved author and ...

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