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Winter Wonderland – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Musical Director: David Le Page Reviewer: Ron Simpson There are many different types of Christmas celebration concert and Winter Wonderland was the sort that provides more breadth than depth, 15 named items in a programme of some 70 minutes, very accomplished playing in a variety of styles. It’s no wonder that, in the musicians’ biographies, one commented that since she ...

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Opera North Christmas Concert – Town Hall, Dewsbury

Conductor: David Cowan Performers: Orchestra of Opera North Chorus of Opera North Opera North Youth Chorus Opera North Children’s Chorus Reviewer: Ron Simpson In recent years Opera North has received praise in abundance, for work in both theatre and concert hall, and this Christmas Concert was another reminder that one of the main reasons for so much success is canny, ...

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Beauty & The Beast – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Saint-Saëns, Bizet, Debussy, Poulenc &Glazunov Director/Choreographer: David Nixon Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood David Nixon’s Beauty &The Beast returns to Leeds this Christmas after its successful première back in 2011 and has so far visited four cities on its UK Tour.  Northern Ballet, a winner of the South Bank Sky Arts Dance Award in June this year, is renowned for its ...

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Annie Get Your Gun – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Book: Dorothy and Herbert Fields revised by Peter Stone Music &Lyrics: Irving Berlin Director: Paul Foster Choreographer: Alistair David. Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Annie Oakley is a superb shot with a rifle.  The petite, unsophisticated daughter of pioneers, Annie rises from shooting game out of necessity to falling in love with Frank Butler, champion sharp- shooter. She goes on to star ...

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No Knowing – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Alan Ayckbourn Designer: Kevin Jenkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson Though No Knowing is far from Alan Ayckbourn at his best, it could well have an extended shelf-life as a pleasant simply-staged season’s end or festive season diversion as it is here. The cast of four get their reward for participating in the taxing Henceforward... by enjoying a ...

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – The Lyceum, Sheffield

Writer and Director: Paul Hendy Musical Director: Francis Goodhand Choreographer: Sarah Langley Reviewer: Janet Jepson The Lyceum Theatre is well-known in the region for pulling out all the stops when it comes to pantomimes, and they just seem to get better and better. On the face of it, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs isn’t really an exciting story and ...

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Aladdin – Grand Opera House, York

Director: Stuart Wade Costume Designer: Rachael Keverne Rath Set Designer: Alan Miller-Bunford Musical Director: Dean McDermot Reviewer: Louise Jones Three Bears Productions promises its first pantomime at the Grand Opera House will be “the biggest pantomime ever to be staged at the theatre”. Going off such a tall order, it’s a little underwhelming when we’re met with what’s quite a ...

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