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Nelson: The Sailors’ Story – CAST, Doncaster

Writer/Performer: Nicholas Collett Director: Gavin Robertson Reviewer: Ron Simpson Nelson: The Sailors’ Story has had great success in festival fringes, at Edinburgh last year and, in particular, at a number of American festivals. Now on an extended theatre tour, Nicholas Collett has added a post-play question and answer, but the heart of the evening is still the 60-minute play, with ...

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Blast from the Past, The Civic, Barnsley

Directors: Sarah Boulter and Adele Wragg Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Sticking a big fat ray of sunshine into the world of contemporary dance Spiltmilk Dance’s latest offering Blast from the Past is less dance, more fun-fuelled entertainment. An attempt to race through and recreate seven decades of pop culture in 100 minutes, they establish their own genre with subcategories of dance, ...

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Kes – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Jack Lord and Dan Parr in Kes at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

Book by: Barry Hines Adapted by: Robert Alan Evans Director: Amy Leach Reviewer: Rich Jevons Even on the way into Leeds the taxi driver soon warmed to the memories, be it twenty years earlier, of reading Barry Hines’ quintessentially northern novel A Kestrel for A Knave and seeing the Ken Loach film Kes. As West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director James ...

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Guys and Dolls – The Grand, Leeds

anna o'byrne and cast guys and dolls tour

Writers: Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows Music: Frank Loesser Lyrics: Frank Loesser Director: Gordon Greenberg Choreographer: Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright Reviewer: Sue Collier Guys and Dolls tells the story of a group of New York underground gambling men during the American prohibition period. In this Chichester Festival Theatre production, the two principal male characters of Sky Masterson and Nathan ...

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Flowers for Mrs Harris – The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Book: Rachel Wagstaff based on the original by Paul Gallico Music and Lyrics: Richard Taylor Director: Daniel Evans Designer: Lez Brotherston Musical Director: Tom Brady Reviewer: Fiona Hannon This new musical adaptation of Paul Gallico’s original book is the final production for Sheffield Theatres Artistic Director, Daniel Evans before he moves on to take charge of Chichester Festival Theatre. During ...

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Lyceum, Sheffield

Writer: Stephan Elliot, Allan Scott Director: Simon Phillips Reviewer: Ruth Jepson I’m so excited I’ve had to contain myself with gaffer tape And so, the tone is set for Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Three friends and fellow performers, Mitzi (Jason Donovan) and Felicia (Adam Bailey), both drag queens, and Bernadette (Simon Green), a transwoman (rather outdatedly referred to as ...

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The 39 Steps – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Rob Whitcomb as Man 1, Andrew Hodges as Man 2 and Richard Ede as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps

Writer: John Buchan Adapter: Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble &Nobby Dimon Director: Maria Aitken Designer: Peter McKintosh Reviewer: Rich Jevons The main novelty of The 39 Steps, is that all roles in this farcical thriller are played by just four performers. Winning an Olivier Award for Best Comedy and after nine years in the West End, ...

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Dinosaur Park – The Civic, Barnsley

Maria Askew, Simon Maeder and Frode Gjerlow win Dinosaur Park

Writers: Maria Askew, Simon Maeder, Frode Gjerløw and Tid Director: Tid Reviewer: Ruth Jepson 1990 - Jurassic Park is written by Michael Crichton. 1993 – Jurassic Park is made into a film by Stephen Spielberg. 2015 – Superbolt Theatre has a sell-out show at the Edinburgh Fringe with Dinosaur Park, a physical, frantic and bloody hilarious parody retelling of the ...

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