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Murder, Margaret and Me – York Theatre Royal

Writer​: Philip Meeks Director: ​Damian Cruden Reviewer​: Ron Simpson Given the potentially fascinating story-line and the writing, directing and acting talent involved, Murder, Margaret and Me should be a truly memorable evening in the theatre. Disappointingly it isn’t, but it is a polished entertainment, cleverly written and beautifully acted. Initially a rather shorter one-person play staged at the 2012 Edinburgh ...

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Sister Act – The Alhambra, Bradford

Alexandra Burke and Jon Robyns in Sister Act 2016 UK tour

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Book: Cheri &Bill Steinkellner Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Sue Collier An enthusiastic full house greets the opening night of Sister Act at Bradford cAlhambra. It has a strong start with great scenery which is creatively adapted to portray the church, a night club and the police station cells. There are few well-known songs in ...

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Cinderella (La Cenerentola) – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Gioachino Rossini Director: Aletta Collins Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood  Opera North’s new production Cinderella (La Cenerentola) opened on its first night at the Leeds Grand Theatre and is part of the company’s fairy tale season this winter.  Premiering in 1817, Rossini’s version is based on the libretto by Giacomo (Jacopo) Ferretti after Charles Perrault’s Cendrillon. There is no wicked stepmother, ...

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Five Dead No Bodies – Customs House, South Shields

Writers: Susan Wear and Rob Lawson   Director: Scott Young Reviewer: Anna Ambelez    Over 200 local newspapers have closed and journalists working on them have halved in the last decade. Circulation of local newspapers nationally is down nearly 75% since the eighties, so what can a paper do to increase circulation? This play looks at that pertinent question, with some interesting ...

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Babe the Sheep-Pig – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Stage Adaptation: David Wood Based on the book by Dick King-Smith Director: Michael Fentiman Designer: Madeleine Girling Puppet Director: Matthew Forbes Composer: Barnaby Race Reviewer: Rob Atkinson Stage adaptations of popular books that have already been big screen hits can be a tricky business, particularly when, as in the case of Babe the Sheep-Pig, most of the principal characters are ...

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer &lyrics: Tom MacRae Music:  Dan Gillespie Sells Director: Jonathan Butterell Choreographer: Kate Prince Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Everybody's Talking About Jamie is a new British musical that delivers both pathos and humour in equal measure. The story is based on a 2011 BBC documentary about 16-year-old Jamie Campbell who wants to be a drag queen. Jamie and his mother allowed ...

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Invincible – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Stephen Darcy Designer: Victoria Spearing Reviewer: Ron Simpson Following its extremely successful tour last year, Original Theatre Company’s production of Invincible, now directed by Stephen Darcy and with one change of cast, has embarked on a second tour that will take it through to April. No wonder, this is a fine production of a play as ...

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Henry V – Beverley Minster

Writer: William Shakespeare Directors: Ben Horslen, John Riseboro Composer: Christopher Peake Musical Director: Rosie Williamson Reviewer: Ron Simpson Antic Disposition’s inspiring production of Henry V does far more than update the Shakespeare play into a Great War setting. That would have been trite in comparison with what Ben Horslen and John Riseboro have achieved, though appropriate enough for the 600th ...

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