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Opera North: Jenůfa – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Leoš Janáček Director: Tom Cairns Choreographer: Aletta Collins Conductor: Aleksander Markovićl Reviewer: Tom Tollett In these cash-strapped times, Opera North are discovering a plethora of wonders at the back of the drawer. Recently, the welcome re-vamp of Giles Havergal's production of The Barber of Seville from 1986 and now, Tom Cairns' equally memorable 1995 Jenůfa. It is said that ...

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Bay City Rollers starring Les McKeown – Civic Theatre, Rotherham

Reviewer: Janet Jepson It says a lot that the reformed band is named “Bay City Rollers starring Les McKeown”, because the man’s ego is matched only by the size of his following of ardent fans. On the night of the review, these mainly took the form of uninhibited females out for a good time, hitting the bar with force and ...

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Waiting for Godot – The Civic, Barnsley

Writer: Samuel Beckett Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Ray Taylor Samuel Beckett’s iconic, modern masterpiece comes to the Barnsley Civic on its national UK and Ireland tour. Ever since its premiere back in 1955, the play has evoked endless debate about what is Beckett trying to say; who or what does Godot represent, and does he actually exist at all? There ...

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John – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Artistic Director: Lloyd Newson Choreographer: Lloyd Newson with the performers Reviewer: Beverley Haigh   Conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson, John is the latest masterpiece by DV8, based on verbatim testimonies to create a new thought provoking and dramatic piece of physical dance theatre exploring the theme of life and love. After interviewing more than 50 men while researching his ...

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Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Rebecca Lenkiewicz Composer and Sound Design: Max Pappenheim Director: Ria Parry Reviewer: Rich Jevons Out of Joint’s latest production takes on the subjects of superstition and religious zeal, in particular how it fuels extreme ageism and sexism. Set in Walkern in 1712, it tells the tale of the last major witch trial. Amanda Bellamy allows plenty of pathos for ...

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The Haunted Doll’s House – Civic Theatre, Rotherham

Writer: Karen Henson (from the stories by M. R James) Director: Karen Henson Performed by Rumpus Theatre Company Sound: David Gilbrook Reviewer: Janet Jepson There are few more emotive and evocative sounds than that of a young infant’s crying, and this new production from Rumpus Theatre Company plays excellently on that emotion. Alongside the plaintive singing of nursery rhymes such ...

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Rambert – The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Music: Gavin Higgins, Gabriel Prokofiev, Rolling Stones Choreographer: Mark Baldwin, Shobana Jeyasingh, Christopher Bruce Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Rambert brings their triple bill of works to Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre. The evening begins with Mark Baldwin’s Dark Arteries set against Gavin Higgins’ music and assembled on stage is the infamous Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band. Dark Arteries is a dark piece of ...

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Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other Love Songs) – Northern Stage, Newcastle

Writer: Carl Grose Music: Charles Hazlewood Director: Mike Shepherd Choreographer: Etta Murfitt Reviewer: Gemma Hirst The world is poor and man’s a sh*t. Did that get your attention? Good. We should hope so, as that is what it is like to experience Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other Love Songs) by Kneehigh Theatre. Radically rewriting John Gay’s satirical piece ...

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