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Ties – Theatre in the Mill, Bradford

Director: Iain Bloomfield (with: Pauline Mayers, Khadijah Ibrahiim &Jax Griffin) Reviewer: Laura Hibbert Ties is the first production by Two Tonne, a new performance research/development company led by Iain Bloomfield, exploring power, politics, and the inequalities and toxicity of the world today. Before the performance begins, the audience is invited into the space and are greeted by a series of ...

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Chicago – The Grand, Leeds

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Writer: Fred Ebb &Bob Fosse Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Original Director/Choreographer: Bob Fosse Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Award-winning Chicago returns to the UK Tour scene with this star-studded production. Written by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, it's based on Maurine Dallas Watkins’ play of the same name. A journalist by trade, Watkins wrote for the Chicago Tribune during the prohibition ...

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One Night of Rock – Town Hall, Huddersfield

Blonde female rock singer

Producer: Jack Applebaum Musical Director: Ruth Gomez Reviewer: Ruth Jepson For one night only, Huddersfield Town Hall was a Mecca for the slightly older gent and the ladies who, in their courting days, accompanied them to many a 70s and 80s rock gig. Gods of classic rock brought back to life by all-girl rock band Joanovarc, probably all of whom ...

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The Boys in the Band – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Mart Crowley Director: Adam Penford Designer: Rebecca Brower Reviewer: Ron Simpson In 1968, Mart Crowley’s play seemed brave and shocking in its frank depiction of gay lifestyle in New York. Now, its exposition feels clunky and its one-liners come gift-wrapped as in a Neil Simon comedy. Crawley’s well-intentioned inclusion of so many different types of homosexuals can seem formulaic, ...

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Transfigured Night – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

The Hebrides Ensemble

Performers: The Hebrides Ensemble &Psappha Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Hebrides Ensemble and Psappha have much in common. Both are chamber music ensembles with a formidable reputation in contemporary music, both had long-term associations with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies who died in March, and both are celebrating their 25th anniversaries this year. What better way to commemorate their quarter-centuries than by a ...

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As We Forgive Them – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Marc Pickering and Charles Daish on As We Forgive Them at East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Richard Vergette Director: Andrew Pearson Set Design: Ed Ullyart Reviewer: Ron Simpson The date for the opening night of As We Forgive Them at the East Riding Theatre was chosen with painful appropriateness. Richard Vergette’s two-hander takes place on the occasions of three American elections. When it was first staged six years ago, Barrack Obama’s first election in 2008 ...

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Million Dollar Quartet – The Grand, Leeds

Image by Darren Bell

Writers: Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrix Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Holly Spanner It’s the fourth of December 1956 in Nashville, Tennessee. In a small recording studio on 706 Union Avenue, a seminal moment in rock n’ roll history is taking place; an impromptu jam session between Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. And, as far as ...

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