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See How They Run – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Philip King Director: Eric Potts Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes See How They Run is a glorious farce presented by Warwick Davis and the members of the Reduced Height Theatre Company. Written in 1945, it is a hilarious nonsensethatis quite literally “Hello Vicar, whoops – there go my trousers”. With escaped Germans, Bishops, soldiers, visiting vicars and a village battle-axe, it ...

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Clare Teal – Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

Musical Director: Grant Windsor Reviewer: Sue Collier Having never heard Clare Teal sing prior to writing this review, one was definitely in a minority among the full house of Harrogate’s Theatre’s eager audience of Teal fans tonight. Teal was accompanied by a fantastic trio of extremely talented musicians, comprising of her musical director Grant Windsor on Piano, Simon Little on ...

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The Accrington Pals – Library Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Peter Whelan Director: Tim Wright Reviewer: Sheila Stratford The Accrington Pals is an ambitious and excellent choice by the Denys Edward Players to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Poignantly, the company’s founding members worked on Wartime Voluntary Entertainment Duties where they performed plays for troops during the Second World War. Peter Whelan's ...

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The Events – Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Writer: David Greig Director: Ramin Gray Reviewer: Anna Ambelez How do communities and individuals heal after traumatic violence? This production deals with that scenario and one individual in particular; a parish priest called Claire (Amanda Drew). While taking the choir in the village hall, an armed young man (Clifford Samuel) enters and fires. He is discriminating towards his victims, which ...

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Cinderella – The Civic Theatre, Rotherham

Music: G. A. Rossini Choreographer: Sheila Styles Reviewer: Janet Jepson There’s always a thrill in watching a ballet live in the theatre, and Cinderella performed by the Vienna Festival Ballet at The Civic Theatre in Rotherham did not disappoint. Sadly there was no live orchestra included, but this did not detract from the energetic performance by the charming young dancers. ...

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The Witches of Eastwick – Whitley Bay Playhouse, Newcastle upon Tyne

Music: Dana Rowe Book and Lyrics: John Dempsey Director: Ken Allan Reviewer: Mark Clegg It has been said that good musicals are not written: they are rewritten. That can certainly be said of The Witches of Eastwick which had a tempestuous time on the West End when it opened in 2000. A change of theatre and numerous rewrites to both ...

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Hot Flush – Grand Opera House, York

Writer: Julie Benson Music: Olly Ashmore Director: Alan Cohen Reviewer: Katie Lee Women of the Menopause is the opening, descriptively named, song of this garish and flush-filled musical production documenting four women's experience of life after 50. Lesley Joseph, of Birds of a Feather acclaim, leads the cast in their journey through HRT, short-term memory loss and family dramas. To ...

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The Addams Family – People’s Theatre, Newcastle

Music &Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Directer: Lee Rosher &Kate Ross Reviewer: Mark Clegg Starting as single-panel comic gags in the New Yorker, Charles Addams’ creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky characters came to prominence in the memorable ‘60s TV series and later in a couple of hit movies in the ‘90s. It is surprising that it ...

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