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Happy Days – The Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Book: Garry Marshall Music &lyrics: Paul Williams Director &choreographer: Andrew Wright Musical Supervisor: Greg Arrowsmith Reviewer: Fiona Hannon Those of a certain age will fondly remember the TV series Happy Days that this new musical is based on. First broadcast in 1974 and running until 1984, it attracted a huge following and was a firm favourite with families. This new ...

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Punt and Dennis: Ploughing on Regardless – Grand Opera House, York

Performers: Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis Reviewer: Andrew White “And now on BBC Radio 4, it’s two and a bit hours of The Now Show…” Which is essentially what the audience got. Packed into York’s Grand Opera House on Sunday night as part of Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis’ latest nationwide tour, the show also featured interjections of usual The ...

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Ed Byrne – Royal Hall, Harrogate

Performer: Ed Byrne Reviewer: Andrew White So how do you change when you reach your forties? Well, Ed Byrne provides some interesting and well-placed thoughts on the issue in his current tour, Roaring Forties,and the second half of this mammoth 2013/14 tour, sees him play Harrogate. Here, he found a warm, receptive crowd, mainly made up of fellow middle-aged people, ...

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Fascinating Aida’s Charm Offensive – Grand Opera House, York

Reviewer: Sue Collier Fascinating Aida are a trio of incredibly talented and witty Olivier Award nominated cabaret artists, namely Dilly Keane (vocals, piano), Adele “Deep Throat” Anderson (vocals) and Liza Pullman (vocals, piano). The show could have been a bit of a disaster as central York had flooded with hundreds of audience members struggling to park their cars; so on ...

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Beth Nielsen Chapman – Royal Hall, Harrogate

Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Texas-born Beth Nielsen Chapman is a singer-songwriter based in Nashville, where shewon Songwriter of the Year in 1999. Her songs have been covered by such musical notaries as Bette Midler, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Faith Hill and Willie Nelson. She is touring The British Isles in 2014 to promote her new album UnCovered. Harrogate’s Royal Hall is ...

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Phoenix Dance Theatre 2014 – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Artistic Director: Sharon Watson Choreography: Didy Veldman, Ivgi &Greben, Darshan Singh Bhuller Reviewer: S.E. Webster At the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the spring season of theatre is in full sway and Leeds based dance company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, have returned to the Playhouse with a new andexciting mixed programme. The programme consists of three different routines; beginning with See Through, an ...

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Amateur Girl – Cast, Doncaster

Writer: Amanda Whittington Sound Design: Adam P McCready Director: Kate Chapman Reviewer: Andrew White It’s always very exciting to be at the start of something, and an expectant buzz hungover the audience at Cast for the first performance of Amateur Girl byAmanda Whittington, outside of her home city of Nottingham. The story is based on real life events and focuses ...

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Afterplay – The Studio Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Brian Friel Director: Roisin McBrinn Music: Richard Taylor Designer: Paul Wills Reviewer: Fiona Hannon Previous seasons at Sheffield Theatres have celebrated the work of Michael Frayn and Sir David Hare, this year it is the turn of Brian Friel. Three of his plays are being performed over the next few weeks. Afterplay (first performed in Dublin in 2002) is ...

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