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Hymn to Love – Homage to Piaf – York Theatre Royal, Studio

Devised by Annie Castledine, Steve Trafford and Elizabeth Mansfield Writer/Translator: Steve Trafford Director: Damien Cruden Reviewer: Ron Simpson It’s telling that the first credit on Hymn to Love – Homage to Piaf goes to the devisers, not the writer or director. It’s an effective dramatic concept that works well in combination with some timeless songs, but the text is limited ...

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Art – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Yazmina Reza Translator: Christopher Hampton Music: Gary Yershon Director: Ellie Jones Reviewer: Janet Jepson Art always gives the appearance of being a quintessentially middle-class English drama, performed by traditional middle-aged actors on a contemporary set. However, it is somewhat surprising to learn that the work was originally written in French by Yasmina Reza, a Russian/Iranian/Hungarian/Jewish playwright from Paris. Translator ...

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TORO: Beauty & the Bull – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Choreographer: Carlos Pons Guerra Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood For one evening at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, DeNada Dance Theatre presented Carlos Pons Guerra’s TORO: Beauty & the Bull. The intriguing dance production is dark and has a contemporary retake on the popular fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Act one opens with The Girl (Emma Walker) who works as a ...

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Our Country’s Good – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Director: Fiona Buffini Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Timberlake Wertenbaker's 1988 play Our Country's Good seems an apt and almost perfect choice for the third of Ramps on the Moon theatre's annual touring productions with UK repertory theatres. This collaboration, with Nottingham Playhouse, is currently on tour and with a 17 strong integrated cast of deaf and disabled actors. ...

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Tango Moderno – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Chris Egan, Trystan Francis, Jonathan Taylor Director: Karen Bruce Choreographers: Karen Bruce, Vincent Simone, Flavia Cacace Costume Designer: Vicky Gill Reviewer: Sue Collier Tango Moderno is the fourth major production starring Vincent Simone and Flava Cacace in which they showcase various styles of Tango. Previous productions Midnight Tango, Dance ‘Til Dawn and their most recent show, Last Tango, were well ...

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Shakers – Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

Writers: John Godber and Jane Thornton Light/Sound: Alistair Fox Director: Neil Knipe Reviewer: Janet Jepson John Godber wrote his well-known ‘lads’ play Bouncers in 1977 and it was inevitable that a female version would be conceived, so Shakers was created in 1985 in collaboration with Jane Thornton. To this day, big brother Bouncers is still much more famous and much ...

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ART – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Yasmina Reza   Translator: Christopher Hampton Director: Ellie Jones   Original Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood ART, a French play and an Old Vic Production, made its West End debut in 1996 winning numerous awards.  The comedy is currently touring the UK, including a run at the Leeds Grand Theatre where it plays until 7 April.  ART is solely ...

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Shrek the Musical – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Jim Gillespie The tone for the latest touring production of Shrek the Musical was set by the Front of House announcement as the house lights dimmed. Should we fail to switch off our mobile phones, we were warned, Shrek would come down from the stage and fart on ...

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