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Into the Woods – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

Writer: James Lapine Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: James Brining Reviewer: Ruth Jepson   Mother told me never stray from the path… The path has strayed from you. Most people will know Into the Woods from the recent all-star movie, and turn up expecting tall trees, and green woodlands. It’s therefore rather surprising to walk into a set which ...

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The Nash Ensemble – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Out of the Shadows festival continued with the Nash Ensemble, in typically assured and sensitive vein, playing Music in the Terezin Ghetto at the Howard Assembly Room. All the four composers whose work at Terezin (Theresienstadt in German) was represented, died in 1944 or 1945 at Terezin or another camp. So this is a tragic story; ...

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Pure – Scarcroft Allotments, York

Writer: Richard Vergette Director: Stefan Escreet Composer: Rebekah Hughes Designer: Kate Morton Reviewer: Ron Simpson What is there not to like about a theatre company who bring original plays to allotments, village greens, pub gardens, and tearooms? A company who calls on their versatile and hard-working team of actors to accompany songs with aswanee whistle, melodica, kazoo, and ukulele as ...

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Mahler: Symphony No 8 (Symphony of a Thousand) – Town Hall, Leeds

Conductor: David Hill Choirs: Leeds Festival Chorus, Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, Bradford Catholic Youth Choir Soloists: Lee Bisset, Katherine Broderick, Paula Sides, Sarah Castle, Madeleine Shaw, Peter Wedd, Michael Druiett, Andrew Foster-Williams Reviewer: Ron Simpson The 2015-2016 Leeds International Orchestral Season climaxed memorably with Mahler’s Symphony No. 8. The clue to the rarity of performances of this symphony comes in the ...

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Gideon Klein: Portrait of a Composer – Holy Trinity Church, Leeds

Writer: David Fligg Translator: Hana Trojanova Director: Mark France Reviewer: Ron Simpson Out of the Shadows is a three-week festival devoted to the work and discoveries of Performing the Jewish Archive, a major international project involving, among others, the universities of Leeds and York. Its opening event celebrated Jewish achievement in the face of almost unimaginable cruelty and the vast ...

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Mystery Plays – York Minster

Lucifer - The Last Judgement

Writer: Mike Poulton Directors: Phillip Breen and Becky Hope-Palmer Musical Director: Richard Shephard Reviewer: Rich Jevons After a gap of some 16 years,the Mystery Plays are back in York Minster, reviving a tradition that dates back to the 14th Century. Designed both to educate and inspire, the plays tell the Biblical story from Creation to the Last Judgement. It is ...

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Nelson: The Sailors’ Story – CAST, Doncaster

Writer/Performer: Nicholas Collett Director: Gavin Robertson Reviewer: Ron Simpson Nelson: The Sailors’ Story has had great success in festival fringes, at Edinburgh last year and, in particular, at a number of American festivals. Now on an extended theatre tour, Nicholas Collett has added a post-play question and answer, but the heart of the evening is still the 60-minute play, with ...

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Blast from the Past, The Civic, Barnsley

Directors: Sarah Boulter and Adele Wragg Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Sticking a big fat ray of sunshine into the world of contemporary dance Spiltmilk Dance’s latest offering Blast from the Past is less dance, more fun-fuelled entertainment. An attempt to race through and recreate seven decades of pop culture in 100 minutes, they establish their own genre with subcategories of dance, ...

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