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The Sheffield Mysteries – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Chris Bush Music: Richard Taylor Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Audrey Pointer The mediaeval tradition of Mystery plays, in which Bible stories are brought to life by singers and actors, has come to Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre, and been given a modern twist and a local South Yorkshire flavour. Over a hundred actors and musicians are engaged in bringing this Sheffield ...

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A Murder is Announced – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Agatha Christie Adaptation: Leslie Darbon Director: Philip Stewart Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes Set in 1950, we arrive at the home of Letitia Blacklock (Jo Castleton) on Friday the 13th to the announcement in the Chipping Cleghorn Gazette that “A Murder is Announced”. The murder is due to take place at 6.30pm at Little Paddocks that very evening. Taking care to ...

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Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Based on the books by Terry Deary Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Ruth Jepson It is an actual law in the UK that as a child born after the 1980’s you must have read at least one of Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories books. Ok, so maybe not an actual law, but the series is so popular among kids and history ...

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A Taste of Honey – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Shelagh Delaney Director: Mark Babych Reviewer: Janet Jepson A Taste of Honey is the timeless classic story of a young girl’s premature express journey into adulthood - a story made more touching by the knowledge that it was written by Shelagh Delaney in the 1950s when she was only a teenager herself. This rather dark northern drama has enjoyed ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Sara Jackson The Play That Goes Wrong is simply magnificent. Properly, laugh-out-loud-until-you-ache hilarious. Certainly the funniest since One Man Two Guv’nors. The humour is not clever, nor is it trying to be. It makes no clever satirical points, no comment on issues or acerbically witty puns. It’s not humour ...

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Dawn French, 30 Million Minutes – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer: Dawn French Director: Michael Grandage Reviewer: Rob Atkinson One undeniable truth from The Universal Handbook of the Blindingly Obvious goes as follows: Dawn French is a very funny woman. She has demonstrated this in a variety of ways throughout her long and successful career; via sketch-based revues, Comic Relief stage appearances, highly successful sitcoms (including the peerless Vicar of ...

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Beryl – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Maxine Peake Director: Rebecca Gatward Reviewer: Katie Lee “There's no one like cycling folk” is Beryl Burton's comment to a young fan as she encourages her to join a cycling club, and with the Grand Depart of the Tour de France imminent in Leeds, what better way to celebrate than to commission this empowering story of 'love at first ...

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Krapp’s Last Tape – Sheffield Crucible Studio

Writer: Samuel Beckett Director: Polly Findlay Reviewer: Ray Taylor This iconic masterpiece, written in 1958 for a solo performer, here receives the treatment it deserves in a brilliant all-round production. Krapp, played by Richard Wilson, is an old batchelor and it is his sixty-ninth birthday. For many years he has recorded his birthdays on tape as if it were a ...

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