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Ballet Central 2016 Tour – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Director: Sara Matthews Choreography: Christopher Gable CBE, Leanne King, Sharon Watson, Sara Matthews, Marius Petipa, Christopher Marney Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Ballet Central's tour for final year students at the Central School of Ballet provides a showcase for the trainee dancers' talents, offering the experience of working in theatres with full-scale costumes and lighting in a professional capacity. As the only ...

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Tell Me On A Sunday – The Grand, Leeds

Jodie Prenger in Tell Me On A Sunday

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Don Black Director: Paul Foster Choreographer/Movement Director: Matt Flint Reviewer: Sue Collier Following an acclaimed performance in the Watermill Theatre’s 2014 production of Calamity Jane,Jodie Prengeris currently touring in Andrew Lloyd WebberandDon Black’sone-woman show, the classic musical,Tell Me on a Sunday. The musical portrays the romantic misadventures of Emma, a young English girl in New ...

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Carmen – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Carmen - The Opera House, Manchester

Music: Georges Bizet Lyrics: Henri Meilhac, Ludovic Halévy Director: Ellen Kent Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Opera &Ballet International is taking Ellen Kent’s Carmen all over the country, including a stop at Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre. Bizet’s tragic and convention-breaking opera stars an international cast of soloists and a critically acclaimed orchestra. Carmen was adapted from a novel of the same time by ...

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Single Spies – Lyceum, Sheffield

Single Spies press image

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Sheila Stratford A wonderful double bill, Single Spies is not about espionage. It focuses on two individuals from the famous Cambridge Five, a ring of spies recruited in the 1930s. The plays explore the lonely isolation of Guy Burgess in An Englishman Abroad and Anthony Blunt in A Question of Attribution. When Alan ...

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Tosca – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa Director: Ellen Kent Conductor: Nicolae Dohotaru Reviewer: Sue Collier Puccini’s Tosca is an opera in three acts based on the story La Tosca by French playwright Victorien Sardou. The opera is set against the dramatic landscape of Rome, the Napoleonic Wars, and a corrupt Italian regime. Napoleon's army is causing chaos ...

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Riverdance – The Grand, Leeds

Director: John McColgan Composer: Bill Whelan Producer: Moya Doherty Reviewer: Rich Jevons As Riverdance celebrates its 21st anniversary, it displays all of the energy and dynamic imagination that it possessed in that striking Eurovision Song Contest performance back in 1994. Act one sees the performers coming to terms with the ancient world of the sun and all of the dominion ...

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Men of the World – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer: John Godber Director: Nick Lane Set/Lighting: Graham Kirk Reviewer: Ron Simpson While John Godber himself completes his tour of Shafted, the John Godber Company has revived his unpretentious and totally enjoyable Men of the World at its home base in Wakefield with cast and creatives that inevitably recall his former fiefdom at Hull Truck. Rob Angell, Dicken Ashworth (both ...

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The Government Inspector – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

The Government Inspector, Image by Robert Day Rebekah Hinds (Superintendent), Jean St Clair (Lyapkin-Tyapkin) and Sophie Stone (Postmaster)

Writer: Nikolai Gogol adapted by David Harrower Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Stephen Brennan Birmingham Repertory Theatre, in association with Ramps on the Moon, presents an innovative and accessible adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector. A skilled ensemble of actors tells the story of a remote Russian town nervously awaiting the arrival of an inspector from St. Petersburg. When a ...

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