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Running Wild – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adapter: Samuel Adamson Directors: Timothy Sheader and Dale Rooks Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Children’s Touring Partnership is halfway through a four-month tour of the Chichester Festival Theatre/Regent’s Park Theatre production of Running Wild, a wonderfully elaborate production to take on the road. It is advertised as being for six-year-olds upwards, and Michael Morpurgo, Samuel Adamson and the ...

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Shirley Valentine – The Grand, Leeds

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Producer: Adam Spiegel Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Rob Atkinson There can be few theatrical challenges more daunting than a one-person show, the spectacle of a lone actor taking on the responsibility for the entertainment of a whole audience over the span of a couple of hours. When that show consists of what is essentially an extended monologue, ...

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The Full Monty – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

2016 UK Tour of The Full Monty

Directed by: Jack Ryder Written by: Simon Beaufoy Reviewer: Ruth Jepson If you have passed the back of the Lyceum in Sheffield in the past fortnight, you will have been treated to the sight of Gary Lucy’s pert, five-foot-tall bottom. Which can only mean one thing: The Full Monty has made its triumphant return to Sheffield following a hugely successful ...

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Orchestra of Opera North: Sibelius, Bruch and Strauss – Town Hall, Leeds

Conductor: Adrian Leaper Soloist: Jack Liebeck (violin) Reviewer: Ron Simpson The final concert of the Orchestra of Opera North’s Kirklees season was repeated at Leeds Town Hall as part of the Leeds International Orchestral Season. Three major pieces, all composed in the half century from 1880, explored in different ways the life and landscapes of the remoter and more rugged ...

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Best Foot Forward – YHA, York

Writer: Maeve Larkin Director: Marianne McNamara Composer: Kieran Buckeridge Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Designer: Kate Morton Reviewer: Ron Simpson Mikron Theatre Company’s intentions, after 46 years on the road, remain at the same time wonderfully simple and boldly ambitious. You take two key elements in British life (fish and chips, say, the WI or canals), commission plays about them and ...

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Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games – The Grand, Leeds

Creator, Producer and Director: Michael Flatley Choreography: Michael Flatley Composer: Gerard Fahy Reviewer: Ruth Jepson The original Lord of the Dance blazed onto the stage a shocking 20 years ago, with Michael Flatley's fast feet setting the world on fire as audiences hungered to experience the jaw-dropping Irish dancing skills of him and his cast. The show has gone through ...

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Cirque Berserk! – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Creative Director: Julius Green Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Cirque Berserk! starts with the announcement you never expect to hear in a theatre - keep your phones on, take photos and video, and tweet to your heart’s content. And you will definitely want to (especially when the robot walks out). The show is a healthy mix of traditional circus fare, like clowning ...

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Anita and Me – The Alhambra, Bradford

Writer: Meera Syal, adapted by Tanika Gupta Music: Tarek Merchant Director: Roxana Silbert Choreographer: Ann Yee Reviewer: Sue Collier On entering the Alhambra prior to this evening’s performance of Anita and Me, we were greeted by a delightful demonstration of energetic Bhangra dancing in the foyer. Meera Syal’s 1997 semi-autobiographical debut novel is set in Tollington, a fictional 1970s Black ...

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