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Interview: Barrie Rutter on The Merry Wives

Image Credit: Nobby Clarke

By Ron Simpson Two hours before the matinee performance of The Merry Wives at the home of Northern Broadsides, Dean Clough Mill in Halifax, Barrie Rutter is talking about the production. The flowing hair and trim beard are part of his character of Sir John Falstaff; the fat suit will come later. For a play ostensibly set in Windsor, Northern ...

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BBC Philharmonic: Schubert, Strauss & Brahms – Huddersfield Town Hall

Conductor: Juanjo Mena Soloist (horn): Alberto Menendez Escribano Reviewer: Ron Simpson   The Orchestra of Opera North’s 2015-2016 Kirklees concert season came to an early finish with a solid programme of 19th Century Austro-German classics in the capable hands of the guest orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic. The Spring concert season has been curtailed because the next few months see the ...

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BBC Philharmonic: Smetana, Bartók & Dvořák – Leeds Town Hall

Violin soloist Augustin Hadelich

Music: Smetana, Bartok, Dvorak Conductor: Juanjo Mena Violin soloist: Augustin Hadelich Reviewer: Rich Jevons In this all-Eastern European programme, we commence with the second of Czech composer Smetana’s symphonic poems from Ma Vlast, familiar in its heroic and lyrical celebration of his homeland and in particular, the river Vltava. It is a perfect piece to demonstrate the strength of the ...

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Lord of the Flies – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Production image of the boys on the lost island

Writer: William Golding Director: Timothy Sheader Composer: Nick Powell Producers: William Village and Timothy Sheader Reviewer: Rich Jevons Nigel Williams’ adaptation of William Golding’s classic novel is as starkly realistic as it is innovative and exploratory. Indeed, Golding’s narrative can be seen as a human experiment that is a microcosm of the macrocosm. Survivors of a plane crash, a group ...

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Tosca – Grand Opera House, York

Music: Giacomo Puccini Lyrics: Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa Director: Ellen Kent Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood For one night only, Opera & Ballet International presented Ellen Kent’s Tosca at York’s Grand Opera House, starring an international cast of soloists and a critically acclaimed orchestra. Tosca is adapted fromVictorien Sardou’s five act dramaLa Tosca, a French play exploring true love, jealousy, betrayal, torture, ...

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L’elisir d’amore – Grand Theatre, Leeds

Freddie Butterfield as Dulcamara’s Boy, Richard Burkhard as Dulcamara and the Chorus of Opera North

Music: Gaetano Donizetti Director: Daniel Slater Choreographer: Tim Claydon Conductor: Tobias Ringborg Reviewer: Rich Jevons Donizetti’s romantic comedy L’elisir d’amore premiered in Milan in 1832 and was first performed by Opera North at the Leeds Grand in 1983, also where the first showing of this production took place in 2000. Daniel Slater, who previously worked with Opera North on The ...

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Chip Shop Chips – Red and Green Club, Huddersfield

Chip Shop Chips - Production Image

Writer: Becky Prestwich Director: Adam Quayle Reviewer: Rich Jevons When the visual and performing arts work with food, it is always a media attention-grabbing ruse, and in fact, this is the second fish and chip supper offered in the name of art in the region in the last year (Mikron Theatre performed One of Each at the Wetherby Whaler). But ...

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Thriller Live – Darlington Civic Theatre

The cast of Thriller Live

Director & Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Mark Clegg Despite the public controversy and criticism that surrounded both his personal life and his untimely death, it’s probably safe to say that nobody can deny that Michael Jackson was a massive talent. Often cited as “the greatest performer of all time”, such hyperbole would seem silly if it didn’t cause one to ...

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