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The Fully Monty – Darlington Civic Theatre

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Jack Ryder Reviewer: Mark Clegg When the movie The Full Monty opened in 1997 on the same weekend as the death of Princess Diana, it was suggested that its success was down to the public needing something to cheer them up at such a tragic time. There is no doubt an element of truth to this, ...

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Nine Lives – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Zodwa Nyoni Director: Alex Chisholm Composer: Jonathan Girling Sound Design: Ed Clarke Reviewer: Ron Simpson Nine Lives was originally commissioned by West Yorkshire Playhouse last year as part of the A Play, a Pint and a Pint programme. Now it is halfway through a fairly lengthy tour for Leeds Studio in association with the Playhouse. It still shows its ...

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The Wizard of Oz – Civic Theatre, Rotherham

Writer: L. Frank Baum, adapted by Frank Gabrielson Musical Director: Heather Jackson Director / Choreographer: Dee Bennie-Marshall Reviewer: Janet Jepson We all sometimes dream of that magical land out there somewhere 'over the rainbow', but a visit to The Wizard of Oz at Rotherham Theatre this week brings that dream to reality. Young Dorothy’s journey begins on the farm in ...

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Sacrѐ Blue – Northern Stage, Newcastle

Writer: Zoё Murtagh &Tory Copeland Reviewer: Gemma Hirst Sacrѐ Blue isa refreshing solo performance by Zoe Murtagh, who has a unique style of telling her story and what it’s like to suffer from anxiety and experience panics attacks. Murtagh invites the audience into her bubble full of fears of dying, other people’s perceptions, being alone and losing her loved ones ...

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Lady Sings the Blues – CAST, Doncaster

Singer: Val Wiseman Reviewer: Ron Simpson 2015 is the centenary of the birth of the great jazz singer, Billie Holiday. All the more reason, if reason were needed, to see Lady Sings the Blues. The show has been bringing Billie’s songs to British audiences for over 25 years, pretty much the same as Lady Day’s professional career. Remarkably, four of ...

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Under the Bed – Theatre in the Mill, Bradford

Writer: The Company - based on a book by Dan Mallaghan Animators: Fabric Lenny and Lou Sumray Reviewer: Holly Spanner When visitors to Leeds Library were asked to record their memories of fairy tales, these memories went on to inspire a set of 13 paintings and prints and were transformed into a new story by 154 Collective. Herein began Under ...

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The Snow Queen – Civic Theatre, Rotherham

Writer: from the story by Hans Christian Andersen Music: Simon Paterson Artistic Director and Choreographer: Christopher Moore Reviewer: Janet Jepson Every little girl and just about every little boy in the landis familiar with the concept that true love can melt even the most deeply frozen heart, thanks to the great Mr Disney. His smash-hit movie Frozen was inspired by ...

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A Steady Rain – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Keith Huff Director: Andrew Pearson Reviewer: Ron Simpson Remarkably, Vincent Regan combines a lucrative career in Hollywood historical/mythical blockbusters with the post of Artistic Director of East Riding Theatre. The current performances of A Steady Rain prove two things: the new theatre can sustain sizeable and appreciative audiences for a challenging, very un-Beverley play and Vincent Regan is not ...

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