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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Triple Bill – Theatre Royal, York

Oriental ballet dancer

Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan/Hans van Manen/John Cranko Design: Desmond Heeley/Jean-Paul Vroom/Osbert Lancaster Reviewer: Ron Simpson Birmingham Royal Ballet is currently touring two different triple bills on short “North” and “South” tours. Audiences in Cornwall have two new ballets on the bill, but nothing in the North programme is later than 1977 and two of the ballets are classic one-acters from the ...

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Richard III – Hull Truck Theatre

three men, one woman, King Richard III

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Barrie Rutter Designer: Neil Murray Musical Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Ron Simpson The staging of Richard III at Hull Truck resonates in several ways. It is produced in association with Hulls Year of Culture and Northern Broadsides as a Shakespearean contribution to Hull 2017 and a celebration of Broadsides’ 25th anniversary. Founded by one of Hull’s ...

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In at the Deep End – Square Chapel, Halifax

Lifeboat speeding through waves

Writer: Laurence Peacock Director: Stefan Escreet Composer/Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Designer: Kate Morton Reviewer: Ron Simpson More often encountered in such settings as allotments and fish restaurants, it was slightly unusual to see Mikron in action in a raked auditorium with stage lighting. The company’s tour of In at the Deep End will be officially launched at Scarborough Lifeboat Station ...

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Swansea City Opera: Lakme – Harrogate Theatre

Painting of Asian woman

Composer: Leo Delibes Director/Set Designer: Brendan Wheatley Conductor: John Beswick Costume Designer: Gabriella Ingram Reviewer: Ron Simpson Leo Delibes’ 1883 opera Lakme soon took its place in the standard repertoire. However, recent decades have been less welcoming to it. Its problem is that it belongs to two genres that are not especially in favour these days. One of a series ...

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Stand Up Stand Up – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Two men forcing smiles

Writer/Director: Jim Cartwright Reviewer: Ron Simpson It is a wonderful achievement for a theatre of the size of Wakefield’s Theatre Royal to have companies devoted to the work of playwrights as popular and successful as John Godber and Jim Cartwright. Moreover, these are playwrights who can guarantee a succession of entertaining premieres which they can direct themselves and which, in ...

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Shakers – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Four women in red bow tries

Writers: John Godber, Jane Thornton Director: John Godber Set/Lighting: Graham Kirk Reviewer: Ron Simpson Shakers, written by John Godber and Jane Thornton in 1985 as a sister piece to Godber’s Bouncers, has undergone various re-writes over the years. This latest version, performed by the John Godber Company at the East Riding Theatre, retains the 1980s setting, but is tagged with ...

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Gangsta Granny – The Grand, Leeds

Boy, older woman with puppet animals

Writer: David Walliams Adaptor and Director: Neal Forest Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Birmingham Stage Company, the team behind Horrible Histories have worked their magic again – although granted, turning David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny into a fun-filled adaptation for the stage is somewhat less of a challenge. The skill of the shows adaptor, Neal Foster shines through, as it transitions seamlessly from ...

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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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