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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Matthew Bourne's SLEEPING BEAUTY. featuring Ashley Shaw

Music: Tchaikovsky Director &Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty completes his reworking of the trio of Tchaikovsky's well-loved ballets. After reinventing and making totally his own Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake with his all-male corps de ballet of swans, which followed his updated version of Nutcracker!, Bourne finally returned to Sleeping Beauty in order to turn his creative ...

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The Great Gatsby – Harrogate Theatre

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Writer: F Scott Fitzgerald, stage adaptation by Stephen Sharkey Music: Ellie Verkerk Director: Eliot Giuralarocca Choreographer: Bronya Deutsch Reviewer: Janet Jepson You can’t repeat the past Nick Carroway warns the wealthy Great Jay Gatsby, but we have to wonder if the lavish parties and decadent lifestyle mean that Gatsby is trying to do just that, or merely aiming to wipe ...

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NEWS: Red Ladder launch of Leeds Lads

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By Ron Simpson A community play usually means that the cast is made up of members of the community who have the opportunity to take part in a play under professional direction and with professional back-up. Leeds Lads, to be staged in June by Red Ladder Theatre Company in association with the Carriageworks Theatre and Leeds Civic Arts Guild, fulfils ...

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Brendan Cole: A Night to Remember – Harrogate International Centre

Brendan Cole and Company in A Night to Remember

Musical Director: Barry Robinson Choreographer: Brendan Cole Reviewer: Sue Collier   A show subtitled A Night to Remember suggests that it is likely to remain in the memory for being one of outstanding quality. This show has been running for over a year with an audience that comprised Strictly Come Dancing devotees of the highest calibre who were looking forward ...

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In the Vice Like Grip Of It – Theatre in the Mill, Bradford

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Writer: ivo Theatre Director: Olivia Furber Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Something’s wrong. I think I'm being watched… A man, a woman, a house move, a new start. ivo Theatre explores the theme of surveillance through their innovative new play In The Vice Like Grip Of It. A challenging and commendable piece, it has been devised by the company, theatre-makers Jo Tyabji ...

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Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis – Hull Truck Theatre

Anna Wheatley and Isabel Ford in Martha Josie and the Chinese Elvis at Hull Truck Theatre. Photo: Andrew Billington

Writer: Charlotte Jones Director: Mark Babych Designer: Patrick Connellan Reviewer: Ron Simpson The standing ovation from a large part of the audience reflected the efforts of a talented, committed and wonderfully energetic cast in Mark Babych’s inventive production, but Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis remains a problematic, if entertaining, play. Originally staged in 1999 at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, ...

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The 39 Steps – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Rob Whitcomb as Man 1, Andrew Hodges as Man 2 and Richard Ede as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps

Director: Maria Aitken Writer: Patrick Barlow adapted from the book by John Buchan Reviewer: Jim Gillespie A much-loved original turned into a period piece ripe for mockery. Well, it could be anything from Brief Encounter or Pride and Prejudice (with or without zombies) to the remake of Dad’s Army. In fact, it is the touring production of The 39 Steps ...

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Phoenix Dance Triple Bill 2016 – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Artistic Director: Sharon Watson Choreography: Sharon Watson, Kate Flatt, Itzik Galili Reviewer: Beverley Haigh To commemorate their 35th anniversary, it is befitting that Phoenix Dance Theatre premiere their Triple Bill 2016 in Leeds, hometown and birthplace of this acclaimed and prodigious company. As the UK’s longest standing contemporary dance company outside London, Phoenix Dance Theatre continue to innovate and excite, ...

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