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Of Mice and Men – Darlington Civic Theatre

Kristian Phillips and William Rodell in Of Mice And Men

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Mark Clegg John Steinbeck’s 1937 novel Of Mice and Men is one of the cornerstones of American literature. Working on many levels and introducing a memorable cast of characters, it’s little wonder that the story has been filmed several times and that the stage adaptation is often revived. Ignore the fact that the ...

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Punching the Sky – The Civic, Barnsley

Punching the Sky Artwork

  Writer/performer: Lizi Patch Director: Mark Hollander Designer: Scott Thompson Reviewer: Ron Simpson Punching the Sky was presented at Barnsley Civic as part of a bold piece of programming, a New Work Weekend. It now tours to four more Yorkshire venues before a week’s run at London’s Soho Theatre. The background to the play leads one to expect a powerful ...

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Northern Ballet: Swan Lake – The Grand, Leeds

Image Credit Emma Kauldhar

Choreography &Costume Design: David Nixon Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Orchestration: John Langstaff Conductor: John Pryce-Jones Reviewer: Rich Jevons   As the centrepiece of Northern Ballet’s revival of the scintillating and sensual Swan Lake, Tobias Batley as Anthony is not merely masterful, but allows his movement to display a whole gamut of emotions: grief and guilt over the drowning of his ...

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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, murder ...

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