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Jack and The Beanstalk – Customs House, South Shields

Gareth Hunter Natasha Haws, Luke Maddison and Doddington the cow

Writer: Ray Spencer and Graeme Thompson Director: Ray Spencer              Musical Director: Dave Bintley Choreographer: Jacqui West Reviewer: Anna Ambelez    Sometimes, a pantomime needs no moralising, just a good tale where the good guys win. And, as the fairy says, “nothing can harm you …” as long as she is around. Jack and the Beanstalk is a traditional English fairy story ...

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Sleeping Beauty – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Sleeping Beauty - TR, Wakefield

Writer: Daniel O’Brien (aka Colin Blumenau) Director: Rhiannon Hannon Musical Director: Jim Lunt Designer: Mark Walters Reviewer: Ron Simpson Wakefield Theatre Royal pantomimes have, in recent years, gained a deserved reputation for quality entertainment. Scripts are intelligent as well as silly, tradition and the narrative are equally respected, productions values are excellent and an engaging mix of the homely and ...

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The Full Monty – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Music Consultant: Steve Parry Director: Jack Ryder Choreographer: Ian West Reviewer: Janet Jepson It often takes a film to hammer home to the masses the effects of huge social changes that occur in British history. Two of the most damaging of these changes in the Yorkshire area in fairly recent decades have been the losses of the ...

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Ties – Theatre in the Mill, Bradford

Director: Iain Bloomfield (with: Pauline Mayers, Khadijah Ibrahiim &Jax Griffin) Reviewer: Laura Hibbert Ties is the first production by Two Tonne, a new performance research/development company led by Iain Bloomfield, exploring power, politics, and the inequalities and toxicity of the world today. Before the performance begins, the audience is invited into the space and are greeted by a series of ...

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Chicago – The Grand, Leeds

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Writer: Fred Ebb &Bob Fosse Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Original Director/Choreographer: Bob Fosse Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Award-winning Chicago returns to the UK Tour scene with this star-studded production. Written by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, it's based on Maurine Dallas Watkins’ play of the same name. A journalist by trade, Watkins wrote for the Chicago Tribune during the prohibition ...

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One Night of Rock – Town Hall, Huddersfield

Blonde female rock singer

Producer: Jack Applebaum Musical Director: Ruth Gomez Reviewer: Ruth Jepson For one night only, Huddersfield Town Hall was a Mecca for the slightly older gent and the ladies who, in their courting days, accompanied them to many a 70s and 80s rock gig. Gods of classic rock brought back to life by all-girl rock band Joanovarc, probably all of whom ...

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The Boys in the Band – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Mart Crowley Director: Adam Penford Designer: Rebecca Brower Reviewer: Ron Simpson In 1968, Mart Crowley’s play seemed brave and shocking in its frank depiction of gay lifestyle in New York. Now, its exposition feels clunky and its one-liners come gift-wrapped as in a Neil Simon comedy. Crawley’s well-intentioned inclusion of so many different types of homosexuals can seem formulaic, ...

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