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Jane Eyre, An Autobiography – Barnsley Civic

Writer/Director: Elton Townend Jones Adapted from: Charlotte Bronte Lighting Designer: Martin Tucker Sound Designer: Danny Bright Reviewer: Ron Simpson Dyad Productions, founded in 2009, now has an enviable reputation for producing high-quality work on the smallest of scales. Jane Eyre – An Autobiography, touring nationally after its success on the Edinburgh Fringe, is essentially the work of the two founders ...

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The Last Ship – Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne

Music & Lyrics: Sting Book: Lorne Campbell Musical Director: Richard John Director: Lorne Campbell Reviewer: Mark Clegg Sting’s musical The Last Ship premiered in 2014 in Chicago before transferring to Broadway. A passion project for Sting who was born and raised in Wallsend, Newcastle - the heartland of the shipbuilding industry, an original story of the decline of British industry ...

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Turn of the Screw – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Henry James Adaptor: Tim Luscombe Director: Daniel Buckroyd Designer: Sara Perks Reviewer: Ron Simpson Henry James’ novella, The Turn of the Screw, is far from a conventional ghost story. In the 120 years since its publication, it has spawned countless chilling versions, from film to opera, but equally has set a platoon of academics advancing theories about the nature ...

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The Band – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Tim Firth Director: Kim Gavin and Jack Rider Featuring the music of Take That Reviewer: Ruth Jepson What do you get if you cross the biggest boy band of the nineties and a room full of fans aged 30-ish and above (and possibly their Mums)? Why, The Band Of course - and it is apparently the hottest ticket in ...

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The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Daniel Jamieson Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Jay Nuttall “I want to waste the rest of my life with you,” Bella tells her husband, Marc – and for a short time, we are invited to waste some of our time with them too. Of course, not a second is wasted in Kneehigh’s exquisite The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk. This eccentric ...

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Madama Butterfly – Bradford Alhambra

Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica Music: Giacomo Puccini Director: Ellen Kent Reviewer: Ray Taylor At its first performance in Milan in 1904, Madama Butterfly was a fiasco with the audience laughing and hissing. Now it is firmly established on the operatic repertoire and is loved by millions the world over for its wonderful heartfelt melodies and its tragic romantic ...

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Las Hermanas/Concerto/Gloria – Leeds Grand

Music: Frank Martin, Dmitri Shostakovich, Francis J.M. Poulenc Producer: Antony Dowson Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood To celebrate the late Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Northern Ballet presents a triple bill of his works, Las Hermanas, Concerto and Gloria this season. The audience has an opportunity to pay tribute to the legendary choreographer whose works continues to inspire many today. The programme opens with ...

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Medea Maria – Theatre Royal, York

Director/Designer: Alexander Kaniewski Composer: Helen Madden Musical Director: Robert Fisher Reviewer: Ron Simpson Medea Maria is an ambitious new work which was received enthusiastically on its single performance at the York Literature Festival, but which it is difficult to imagine having wide currency on the theatre/opera stage. Initially, the stylised gestures and poses and very slow repetitive movements, with the ...

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