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Richard Galliano/Sylvain Luc – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Reviewer: Ron Simpson Opera North’s programme in the Howard Assembly Room is nothing if not varied. After last week’s venture into American Gothic with the Handsome Family – The Reviews Hub’s review sadly aborted because of the foul weather – the following Saturday focussed on the deliciously melodic world of the French chanson with accordion player Richard Galliano and guitarist ...

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Ballet British Columbia – The Alhambra, Bradford

Music: Dirk P Haubrich, Johannes Brahms, Ori Lichtik Artistic Director: Emily Molnar Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Dance Consortium is presenting Ballet British Columbia who are embarking on their first ever UK tour including a stop at Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre.  Following their successful performances at the 2016 Birmingham International Dance Festival, the opportunity for a tour arose.  The company is reputed for ...

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Minefield – Northern Stage, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Writer: Lola Arias Director: Lola Arias  Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Minefield? It certainly is, a minefield of real raw intimate personal revelations. Argentinian artist Lola Arias worked with six veterans from the 1982 Argentinian War to produce this multi-media show. It begins with each veteran introducing himself giving details of when and how he joined up. As these are not actors ...

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Jane Eyre, An Autobiography – Barnsley Civic

Writer/Director: Elton Townend Jones Adapted from: Charlotte Bronte Lighting Designer: Martin Tucker Sound Designer: Danny Bright Reviewer: Ron Simpson Dyad Productions, founded in 2009, now has an enviable reputation for producing high-quality work on the smallest of scales. Jane Eyre – An Autobiography, touring nationally after its success on the Edinburgh Fringe, is essentially the work of the two founders ...

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The Last Ship – Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne

Music & Lyrics: Sting Book: Lorne Campbell Musical Director: Richard John Director: Lorne Campbell Reviewer: Mark Clegg Sting’s musical The Last Ship premiered in 2014 in Chicago before transferring to Broadway. A passion project for Sting who was born and raised in Wallsend, Newcastle - the heartland of the shipbuilding industry, an original story of the decline of British industry ...

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Turn of the Screw – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Henry James Adaptor: Tim Luscombe Director: Daniel Buckroyd Designer: Sara Perks Reviewer: Ron Simpson Henry James’ novella, The Turn of the Screw, is far from a conventional ghost story. In the 120 years since its publication, it has spawned countless chilling versions, from film to opera, but equally has set a platoon of academics advancing theories about the nature ...

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The Band – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Tim Firth Director: Kim Gavin and Jack Rider Featuring the music of Take That Reviewer: Ruth Jepson What do you get if you cross the biggest boy band of the nineties and a room full of fans aged 30-ish and above (and possibly their Mums)? Why, The Band Of course - and it is apparently the hottest ticket in ...

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The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Daniel Jamieson Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Jay Nuttall “I want to waste the rest of my life with you,” Bella tells her husband, Marc – and for a short time, we are invited to waste some of our time with them too. Of course, not a second is wasted in Kneehigh’s exquisite The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk. This eccentric ...

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