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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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Yes: 50th Anniversary Tour – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Prog Rock behemoth, Yes, is celebrating a BIG birthday – it’s 50 years since Chris Squire and Jon Anderson were introduced by London club owner, Jack Barrie. Joined by drummer, Bill Bruford, guitarist, Peter Banks and Tony Kaye on keyboards, the new band started performing in 1968. Throughout its history, the line-up has been fluid with regular ...

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Crazy for You – Milton Keynes Theatre

Book: Ken Ludwig Music: George Gershwin Lyrics: Ira Gershwin Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: Maggie Constable Toe-tapping its way into Milton Keynes this week as part of its U.K tour is Watermill Theatre’s production of Crazy For You starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Tom Chambers and Claire Sweeney whose theatre and TV career has covered two decades. Originally written by the Gershwin ...

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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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Ballet British Columbia – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographers: Emily Molnar, Crystal Pite, Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar Reviewer: Jo Beggs Ballet British Columbia isn’t a company on most British dance audience’s radar. In fact, despite the company being over 30 years old, this is their first time in the UK. In partnership with Dance Consortium, the Canadian company are undertaking an extensive UK tour, from Edinburgh to ...

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Tango Moderno – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Director: Karen Bruce Choreographer: Karen Bruce with Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace Reviewer: Dan English Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace return for another crack at storytelling through dance in Tango Moderno, touted as the dance duo’s final theatrical tour. Tango Moderno focuses on being an expose of modern life; it’s an adventurous and ambitious attempt to combine philosophy with Latin ...

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Fat Friends – The Musical – Opera House, Manchester

Book, Lyrics and Director: Kay Mellor Music: Nick Lloyd Webber Musical Director: Michael Bradley Reviewer: Helen Jones It's 18 years since Kay Mellor's comedy-drama Fat Friends arrived on our TV screens, and now the premise has been modernised and rewritten to create Fat Friends – The Musical. The principal characters are the same; fun, curvy Kelly, her rather slow fiance Kevin, parents Betty ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: James Garrington Once in a while a play comes along that is so funny it makes you wonder if it is actually possible to die laughing. There’s a certain part of us that loves to laugh at things going wrong. Indeed, for a lot of people, watching a production ...

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