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Cirque Berserk! – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Creative Director: Julius Green Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Cirque Berserk! starts with the announcement you never expect to hear in a theatre - keep your phones on, take photos and video, and tweet to your heart’s content. And you will definitely want to (especially when the robot walks out). The show is a healthy mix of traditional circus fare, like clowning ...

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Anita and Me – The Alhambra, Bradford

Writer: Meera Syal, adapted by Tanika Gupta Music: Tarek Merchant Director: Roxana Silbert Choreographer: Ann Yee Reviewer: Sue Collier On entering the Alhambra prior to this evening’s performance of Anita and Me, we were greeted by a delightful demonstration of energetic Bhangra dancing in the foyer. Meera Syal’s 1997 semi-autobiographical debut novel is set in Tollington, a fictional 1970s Black ...

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Tosca – The Lyceum, Sheffield

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Blanche McIntyre Conductor: Michael Rosewell Designer : Florence de Maré Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Love, passion, menace, lust, revenge, intrigue and murder; Puccini's opera Tosca has it all. These great passions lead to great misery. Set in Rome around the 1800s, Floria Tosca, a famous singer, and her lover, the artist Cavaradossi, become embroiled in the political ...

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Patience (or Bunthorne’s Bride) – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer/Composer  W.S. Gilbert/Arthur Sullivan Director: Liam Steel Conductor: Timothy Burke Designer: Florence de Mare Reviewer: Ron Simpson English Touring Opera’s Spring programme consists of two operas which have nothing in common stylistically despite being first performed within 20 years of each other. Puccini’s blood-boltered melodrama Tosca is teamed with Patience, an excellent choice as ETO’s first Gilbert and Sullivan. Like ...

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Christopher Purves and Simon Lepper – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Reviewer: Ron Simpson Opera North’s programme for the Howard Assembly Room is always impressively varied, with jazz, world music and film extensively represented, but this recital took them nearer to home base. Christopher Purves’ most recent appearance with Opera North was as Gianni Schicchi as recently as two years ago. The programme was cleverly planned, four contrasted sets of songs ...

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Gaudete – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Ted Hughes Dramaturgy: Kate Papi, Oliviero Papi Director: Kate Papi Reviewer: Ron Simpson Gaudete is one of the more controversial of Ted Hughes’ writings. Variously described as a prose poem or a poetic novel, it takes as its bizarre subject the abduction of the Rev. Nicholas Lumb from his West Riding village by elemental spirits and his replacement by ...

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Casanova – The Grand, Leeds

Artistic Director: David Nixon OBE Choreographer: Kenneth Tindall Original Scenario: Kenneth Tindall & Ian Kelly Music: Kerry Muzzey Reviewer: Beverley Haigh The name Casanova is synonymous with womaniser, philanderer and seducer; more a derogatory term than an historical figure. Northern Ballet prove he was much more than this in Kenneth Tindell's original adaptation for the company, readdressing this and highlighting ...

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Roberto Fonseca – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Reviewer: Ron Simpson This exhilarating concert by Roberto Fonseca was the first in a short UK leg of a European tour – and how lucky we were to get it when only the Midlands and London, apart from Yorkshire, were able to hear this wonderful band. Roberto Fonseca is best known in Europe for being the pianist with the Buena ...

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