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Five Dead No Bodies – Customs House, South Shields

Writers: Susan Wear and Rob Lawson   Director: Scott Young Reviewer: Anna Ambelez    Over 200 local newspapers have closed and journalists working on them have halved in the last decade. Circulation of local newspapers nationally is down nearly 75% since the eighties, so what can a paper do to increase circulation? This play looks at that pertinent question, with some interesting ...

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Babe the Sheep-Pig – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Stage Adaptation: David Wood Based on the book by Dick King-Smith Director: Michael Fentiman Designer: Madeleine Girling Puppet Director: Matthew Forbes Composer: Barnaby Race Reviewer: Rob Atkinson Stage adaptations of popular books that have already been big screen hits can be a tricky business, particularly when, as in the case of Babe the Sheep-Pig, most of the principal characters are ...

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer &lyrics: Tom MacRae Music:  Dan Gillespie Sells Director: Jonathan Butterell Choreographer: Kate Prince Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Everybody's Talking About Jamie is a new British musical that delivers both pathos and humour in equal measure. The story is based on a 2011 BBC documentary about 16-year-old Jamie Campbell who wants to be a drag queen. Jamie and his mother allowed ...

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Invincible – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Stephen Darcy Designer: Victoria Spearing Reviewer: Ron Simpson Following its extremely successful tour last year, Original Theatre Company’s production of Invincible, now directed by Stephen Darcy and with one change of cast, has embarked on a second tour that will take it through to April. No wonder, this is a fine production of a play as ...

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Henry V – Beverley Minster

Writer: William Shakespeare Directors: Ben Horslen, John Riseboro Composer: Christopher Peake Musical Director: Rosie Williamson Reviewer: Ron Simpson Antic Disposition’s inspiring production of Henry V does far more than update the Shakespeare play into a Great War setting. That would have been trite in comparison with what Ben Horslen and John Riseboro have achieved, though appropriate enough for the 600th ...

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Aida – The Alhambra, Bradford

Music:   Giuseppe Verdi Lyrics:   Antonio Ghislanzoni   Director:  Ellen Kent Reviewer:  Dawn Smallwood Opera &Ballet International opens Ellen Kent’s Aida on its first evening of its UK Spring Tour at Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre.  Verdi’s opera, premiered at Cairo’s Opera House in December 1871, stars an international cast of artists and members of the critically acclaimed Moldovan orchestras. A year before ...

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The Chef Show – Marsden Mechanics Hall

Writer: Nick Ahad Director: Stefan Escreet Designer: Martin Johns Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Chef Show is almost impossible to rate as a theatre production. It is not the most challenging script or production you will come across, but in its own field it’s a five-star top-of-the-range effort: it is beyond doubt the best “fusion of play and cookery demonstration” this ...

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Hansel and Gretel – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Engelbert Humpadinck Lyrics: Adelheid Wette Director: Edward Dick Conductor: Christoph Altstaedt Choreographer: Gary Clarke Reviewer: Sue Collier Having previously neither seen nor heard a production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel, a reviewer is able to truly explore the strengths of this performance with a completely open mind. The story is a fairy tale opera in three acts, ...

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