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Wuthering Heights – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer/Director: Jane Thornton From the novel by: Emily Brontë Designer: Lucy Weller Reviewer: Ron Simpson How do you condense a novel of over 250 pages, with a dense and complicated story-line, into less than 100 minutes of stage time? In the case of Wuthering Heights, with its generational split halfway through, a common method, used in the famous 1939 film, ...

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Rita, Sue and Bob Too – CAST, Doncaster

one man two young women in makeshift car in 80s clothes

Writer: Andrea Dunbar Director: Kate Wasserberg Designer: Tim Shortall Reviewer: Ron Simpson Andrea Dunbar’s 1982 play, later enlarged into a film, is the stuff of legends. Still a teenager, Dunbar had already had an earlier play, The Arbor, staged at the Royal Court. Both took a disconcertingly frank look at life on Bradford’s Buttershaw Estate where Dunbar grew up and ...

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The Nutcracker – Victoria Theatre, Halifax

Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky Artistic Director: Konstantin Uralsky Reviewer: Jim Gillespie A perennial Christmas favourite, with an appeal across the generations, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker has been entertaining audiences with the ballet version of Hoffmann’s 1819 story of The Nutcracker and The Mouse King since 1892. The Russian State Ballet and Opera House are now touring their version of the ballet throughout ...

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Uri Caine – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Reviewer: Ron Simpson An amiably rumpled man of about 60 strolls casually onto the Howard Assembly Room stage, sits down at the Steinway grand and launches into Honeysuckle Rose, a playful deconstruction full of wit, swing and dynamic contrasts. Neatly half an hour later he gets up from the piano, having taken us on a journey through his musical imagination, ...

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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde – The Majestic Theatre, Darlington

Writer & Director: Nick Lane Based on the novella by:  Robert Louis Stevenson Reviewer: Mark Clegg Despite the titular character(s) being thoroughly ingrained in popular culture, and the phrase “Jekyll & Hyde” entering common parlance as a way of describing someone displaying erratic behaviour, it’s surprising how few people are familiar with the actual story of Robert Louis Stevenson’s most ...

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The Life and Soul – Live Arts Cafe, Barnsley

Writer: Chris O’Connor Director: Rod Dixon Poet: Matt Abbott Reviewer: Ron Simpson The evening’s programme at the Live Arts Cafe in Barnsley was an excellent example of a range of performance and social initiatives coming together to reach out into the community. The Live Arts Cafe itself is an informal monthly meeting at the Digital Media Centre organised by Creative ...

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Medusa – Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

Writer: Helen Mort Director: James Beale Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Proper Job Theatre Company and Halifax’s Chapel Arts Centre, in partnership, are bringing Medusa on tour during autumn 2017 including a stop at Leeds’ Carriageworks Theatre.  Medusa forms the second part of a trilogy of plays about mythical monsters.   Following the premiere of Nosferatu in 2015 it is only fitting for ...

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Nightmares in Norfolk – All Saints Church, Kirkby Overblow

Writer: Charles Dickens/M.R. James Adapter: Simon Corble/Nobby Dimon Director: Vivienne Garnett Reviewer: Ron Simpson What North Country Theatre does is good old-fashioned barnstorming, not there are any actual barns on their astonishing tour of nearly 50 venues, only one of them for more than one performance. Most are village halls, there are a few theatres and arts centres and a ...

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