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The Tiger Lillies: Lulu a Murder Ballad – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Music and Words: Martyn Jacques Direction and Design: Mark Holthusen Reviewer: Sue Collier On entering the auditorium, the audience are introduced to the era of Lulu via the sound of early 20th Century Berlin Cabaret songs. We encounter three musicians on stage, together with a young girl Lulu. Lulu’s story is eerily narrated by her exploitative pimp, the revolting Shig ...

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Dracula – Harrogate Theatre

Director: Eliot Giuralarocca Writer: John Ginman Reviewer: Rosie Revell It is telling that Bram Stoker’s 400 page novel Dracula, first published in 1897, has never been out of print. It has well and truly sunk its teeth into popular culture as we know it, spawning over 200 different types of adaptations, TV series, films and plays. The vampire, as a ...

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An Evening with Greg Dyke – Cast, Doncaster

Host: Len Tingle Reviewer: Andrew White AnEvening with Greg Dyke. The former Director-General of the BBC. In Doncaster. Well, even five years ago, this wouldn’t have seemed possible. Part of the vision for the new performance venue in the town, called Cast; if this is a sign of the quality and diversity of things to come, then it is most ...

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Songs of Solidarity, Suffrage & Strength – City Varieties, Leeds

Writer: Boff Whalley Reviewer: Holly Spanner Established in 1968, Red Ladder is one of the nation’s leading touring companies dedicated to producing theatre which has the power for social change. With productions that are engaging, thought provoking and have a strong political voice, Songs of Solidarity, Suffrage &Strength is no different. A double bill, the audience are treated to two ...

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The Life and Loves of a Nobody – Studio Theatre, Sheffield

Writers: Rachael Walton and Chris Thorpe Director: Rachael Walton Co-Director: Alexander Kelly Reviewer: Fiona Hannon The Life and Loves of a Nobody is exactly as the title suggests, the story of an unremarkable woman. Rachael (the “nobody” in question) is 36 and grew up on the 18th floor of a tower block, eating carefully balanced popcorn, gazing at the stars ...

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Don’t Let Go – Upstairs at The Carriageworks, Leeds

Writers: Alex Monk, Sam Berrill and David Cartwright Reviewer: Holly Spanner Manic Chord is the perfect name for this theatre company. With an original soundtrack of ethereal music played almost entirely throughout, Don’t Let Go is inspired by the 1956 short film, Le Ballon Rouge, and follows the journey of Leonard. Leonard works in a factory. He endures a mundane, ...

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Blink – Studio Theatre, Sheffield

Director: Joe Murphy Author: Phil Porter Designer: Hannah Clark Reviewer: Fiona Hannon Blink. Actually, don’t. It would be a huge mistake to miss even a moment of this sweet, dark, tender production. Blink is warm, funny, sad, clever and totally convincing. Originally premiering in Edinburgh last year, and followed by a successful run at the Soho Theatre in London, this ...

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Dreamboats and Petticoats – Lyceum, Sheffield

Writer: Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Excitement, energy and laughter, Dreamboats and Petticoats is the musical to watch. A smash hit in the West End and now touring. The writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran have cleverly woven a tale of teenage love and angst with a good dose of comedy, around a full ...

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