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Fagin’s Last Hour – The Civic, Barnsley

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Writer: James Hyland Director: Phil Lowe Reviewer: Ray Taylor This is a one-man show based on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and adapted, produced and performed by James Hyland. Hyland has acted in a variety of one-man shows and has a particular fondness for Dickens, having also very successfully adapted A Christmas Carol. Anyone who only knows the story of Oliver ...

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Alice in Wonderland – The Customs House, South Shields

Anne-Marie Owens & Stephen Sullivan in Alice in Wonderland

Writer: Ray Spencer and Graeme Thompson Director: Ray Spencer MBE Musical Director: David Bintley Designer: Paul Shriek, Matt Fox Choreographer: Jacqui West Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Lewis Carols Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Customs House are both celebrating 150 years this year, and it is wonderful that Ray Spencer and Graeme Thompson have written this highly original pantomime to mark ...

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Orchestra of Opera North: Lutosławski, Mahler – Huddersfield Town Hall

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Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Ron Simpson In July 2016, Richard Farnes leaves his post after 12 years as Music Director of Opera North. His tenure has been remarkably successful in many ways, not least his relationship with the orchestra which, already excellent in 2004, has reached new heights under his stewardship. His final concert in the Kirklees Concert Season was ...

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Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood – City Varieties, Leeds

Darrell Brockis, Louisa Beadel and Sophie Byrne in Robin Hood

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: Holly Spanner The creative team at The City Varieties are back for another year with their hugely successful Rock N’ Roll Pantomime, this time Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood. Incidentally, it was during the 1941 Christmas production of Babes in the Wood that a woman in the audience gave birth. This ...

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Ruth Johnson as Queen of the Field Mouses + ensemble

Writer: Caroline Bird based on the novel by G L Frank Baun Music: Jeremy Bradfield Director: Mark Calvert Designer: Rhys Jarma Reviewer: Anna Ambelez The Wizard of Oz, originally an American children’s novel published in 1900, went on to be the perennial favorite, blockbuster film The Yellow Brick Road. This production is adapted from that original story. The entire stage ...

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Cinderella – Gala Theatre, Durham

Sally Collet and Hazel Pude in Cinderella

Writer: Neil Armstrong and Paul Hartley Director: Neil Armstrong and Paul Hartley Choreographer: Georgina Mannifield Reviewer: Anna Ambelez   The stage opens onto a fairy tale forest setting the scene for the most classic of fairy tales, Cinderella. A timeless tale of rags to riches, the earliest recorded version dates from AD 850 and it is still going strong. After ...

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Dick Whittington – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Alistair Higgins, Chris Hannon and James Dinsmore in Dick Whittington

Writer: Daniel O’Brien Director: Rhiannon Hannon Musical Director: Jim Lunt Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Theatre Royal Wakefield believes in traditional pantomime and does it very well. Even the glossy programme tells us, in between the colour-in drawings and kids’ puzzles, the history of Dick Whittington on stage. The Theatre Royal takes its pantomime seriously, though never solemnly. Experienced pantomime writer ...

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Orchestra of Opera North: Sibelius, Dvořák – Dewsbury Town Hall

Conductor: David Angus Soloist: Lee Bisset Reviewer: Ron Simpson Opera North’s Kirklees Concert Season continued at Dewsbury Town Hall with a programme that balanced the popular with the neglected. David Angus, who was a member of Opera North’s music staff at the start of his career and has now built a major reputation in the United States, conducted a varied ...

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