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The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas – Lyceum, Sheffield

Devised, directed and choreographed by: Mitch Sebastian Musical Supervisor: Matthew Freeman Reviewer: Sheila Stratford The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas takes a step back in time to the luxury Sands Hotel with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Junior and Dean Martin who are there to entertain you with a night of musical enjoyment. The legendary threesome performs a medley of ...

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The Game of Love and Chai – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Nigel Planer Director: Jatinder Verma Designer: Claudia Mayer Reviewer: Ron Simpson Tara Arts’ production of The Game of Love and Chai, completing a UK tour with a week at West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Courtyard Theatre, brings a great deal of intelligence, imagination and skill to bear on modernising and re-locating Pierre de Marivaux’s 1730 comedy, The Game of Love and ...

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The Last Ship – The Grand. Leeds

Writer: Lorne Campbell Music and Lyrics: Sting Director: Lorne Campbell Reviewer: Sue Collier Sting’s musical The Last Ship is his personal account of the decline of the North East of England Shipping Industry. It depicts the long-term community effect of the 1970s Conservative party’s industrial strategies. The show first premiered in Chicago in 2014, earned two Tony Award Nominations but ...

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The Owl and the Pussycat – The Civic, Barnsley

Writer: Harriet Hardie and Ben Miles Music: Rebecca Applin Director: Harriet Hardie Designer: Sophia Lovell-Smith Reviewer: Laura Stimpson The Owl and the Pussycat is the latest offering from Full House Theatre, a children’s theatre company whose vision is for every child to hold treasured memories of theatre. This performance was produced in partnership with Luton Culture presents. Inspired by the ...

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Seasons in the Sun – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer/Director: John Godber Set and Lighting: Graham Kirk Reviewer: Ron Simpson Seasons in the Sun, originally staged in 2000, can be taken as the archetypal John Godber play with a particularly strong autobiographical element. It is set very specifically close to Minsthorpe High, the school he attended and later taught at, with constant detailed reference to local streets. It concerns ...

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Mia, Daughters of Fortune – Live Art Bistro, Leeds

Director: Joyce Nga Yu Lee Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Mind the Gap returns with Mia, Daughters of Fortune after last year’s successful production, Contained. Mind the Gap, a Bradford based disability Theatre Company, explores issues through the eyes of performers who have learning disabilities. Mia, Daughters of Fortune features four performers who explore learning disability and parenthood. It is about Mia ...

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Sunshine on Leith – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Stephen Greenhorn Music: The Proclaimers Music Supervisor: David Shrubsole Director: James Brining Choreographer: Emily-Jane Boyle Reviewer: Janet Jepson West Yorkshire Playhouse has definitely chosen a winner with Sunshine on Leith, the modern musical based on the songs of the Scottish band The Proclaimers. Although the work was only premiered in 2007, it already has a strong fanbase, probably due ...

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Love Song – The Holt, Sheffield

Writer: John Kolvenbach Director: Charlie Kenber Designer: R.L.Wilson Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Kenber and Son's latest production of Love Song is being staged at The Holt, a converted warehouse-turned-cafe and creative space in Sheffield. For those not yet acquainted, Kenber and Son are a company comprising of director Charlie Kenber and multidisciplinary artist R.L.Wilson. They are passionate about staging work in ...

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