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Dirty Dancing – The Alhambra, Bradford

A couple dancing in hold with another woman

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Music Supervisor: Conrad Helfrich Director: Federico Bellone Choreographer: Gillian Bruce Reviewer: Sue Collier Dirty Dancing is set in the summer of 1963, an era of great American social change. This is the time of President John F. Kennedy’s Civil Rights Bill and Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech. It is also a time when a ...

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Turandot – Town Hall, Leeds

Music: Giacomo Puccini (Act III – Franco Alfano) Director: Annabel Arden Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Turandot is last of Puccini’s operas and is based on Carlo Gozzi’s play of the same name.  This season, Opera North is staging this new production in a concert format following the successful Wagner’s Ring Cycle last summer.  This is an opportunity to appreciate Puccini’s rich ...

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – York Theatre Royal

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Based on a novel by: Anne Bronte Director: Elizabeth Newman Designer: Amanda Stoodley Reviewer: Ron Simpson Not before time, Anne Bronte is being rescued from her position as the “third” sister in every way, the one who, in Lip Service’s Bronte parody, Withering Looks, has just popped out for a cup of sugar. In fact, her novels ...

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La Strada – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Original Script: Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli Director: Sally Cookson Writer in the Room: Mike Akers Music: Benji Bower Designer: Katie Sykes Reviewer: Ron Simpson La Strada was devised by the company, a largish ensemble with as many dancers and musicians as actors, under the direction of Sally Cookson and with Mike Akers on hand as ‘writer in the ...

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Shirley Valentine – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Janet Jepson It is a tribute to the writer Willy Russell that the phrase “doing a Shirley Valentine” has captivated the imagination of almost every middle-aged woman on the planet. Who doesn’t dream of escaping the drudgery of everyday life with a long-term husband who barely notices you’re there, and grown-up kids who ...

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Thoroughly Modern Millie – The Grand, Leeds

Joanne Clifton as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Book: Richard Morris & Dick Scanlan New Music: Jeanine Tesori New Lyrics: Dick Scanlan Director: Racky Plews Musical Director: Rob Wicks Reviewer: Rob Atkinson On the face of it, the traditional “boy meets girl, they have issues, but end up happy ever after” musical theatre story is unlikely to be aided by the addition of a subplot around what they ...

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Jane Eyre – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017 Royal National Theatre

Writer: Charlotte Brontë Director: Sally Cookson Music: Benji Bower Reviewer: Beverley Haigh 2017 marks the 170th anniversary of the first publication of Charlotte Brontë’s most famous work. Fittingly, Bristol Old Vic in collaboration with The National Theatre has brought Sally Cookson’s devised adaptation to the stage in a ground-breaking reimagining for modern audiences. As an enduring and landmark piece of ...

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September in the Rain – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: John Godber Director: Sheila Carter Designer: Graham Kirk Reviewer: Ron Simpson For 12 years Esk Valley Theatre, in the persons of co-founders Mark Stratton and Sheila Carter, has brought high-quality small-cast theatre to the North York Moors by taking over Glaisdale’s Robinson Institute for the month of August for its annual production. Now EVT has expanded its scale, in ...

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