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Consuming Passions: Repercussions – the Bistro at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Alan Ayckbourn Designer: Kevin Jenkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson The welcome news at Scarborough is that the lunch-time plays in the Bistro have returned. Nowhere does better than the Stephen Joseph in supplying a varied summer programme for the theatrically inclined holiday-maker. At the moment a total of four premieres, including a children’s play, are running alongside ...

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The World Goes Round – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Composer: John Kander Lyricist: Fred Ebb Director: Lotte Wakeham Musical Director: Neil MacDonald Reviewer: Ron Simpson Mark Fisher’s programme note does this show somewhat of a disservice. He writes, “They did it with Singin’ in the Rain....And they did it with And the World Goes Round...” To be fair to Fisher, his specific point of comparison is that both recycle ...

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Wicked – The Alhambra, Bradford

Image Credit: Matt Crockett

Writer: Winnie Holzman (Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire) Music and lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Beverley Haigh As a spin-off from The Wizard of Oz, undoubtedly one of the most famous musicals of all time, Wicked is fast becoming of equal standing, paralleling its predecessor in becoming an iconic show in its own right. As the ...

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A Dream – Crucible, Sheffield

Writer: Chris Bush Music: Russell Hepplewhite Director: Emily Hutchinson Reviewer: Sheila Stratford A Dream is a modern-day Midsummer's Night Dream, with the addition of a dusting of lovers from some of Shakespeare's other plays. The setting is the Northern General Teaching Hospital 's Accident and Emergency Unit, where the course of true love never runs smooth especially when Puck has ...

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Let it Be – The Grand, Leeds

Cast of Let It Be Tour 2016

Creative Supervisor: Keith Strachan Sound Designer: Mike Whyte Musical Director: John Maher Reviewer: Janet Jepson “Act like you’re 17 again!” “Wave your mobile phone in the air!” It could be impossible for a large part of the audience to carry out both suggestions simultaneously, but everyone at The Grand in Leeds gets into the spirit for their idols, The Beatles. ...

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Footloose: The Musical – Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle upon Tyne

Gareth Gates and company in Footloose

Director: Racky Plews Choreographer: Matthew Cole Musical Director: David Keech Reviewer: Mark Clegg Before becoming the UK’s leading mobile phone salesman, Kevin Bacon danced his way to stardom in the 1984 movie Footloose as Ren McCormack, a big-city kid who moves to a small town that has a ban on dancing. As the movie is fondly remembered, it inevitably got ...

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Just So Stories – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Rudyard Kipling Adaptor/Director: Vicky Ireland Designer: Lucy Weller Reviewer: Ron Simpson The target audience for Just So Stories is six+, so Vicky Ireland is careful not to strain the concentration of the younger audience members. Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories from 1902, fanciful tales of how animals developed the form they now have, are 12 in number, but this ...

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Becoming Hattie – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Mhairi Grealis Director: Mary Swan Designer: Sam Pine Reviewer: Ron Simpson Becoming Hattie is rather more ambitious than most of the successful one-man/woman shows based on the lives and careers of actors/comedians. Rather than a no-interval one-hour show originating on a festival fringe, this is a full-length evening which attempts to link the lives of two people, one real, ...

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