Home / North East & Yorkshire Reviewspage 5

North East & Yorkshire Reviews

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Adapters: Michael Morpurgo, Emma Rice Director: Emma Rice Composer: Stu Barker Reviewer: Ron Simpson About a week ago it was announced, much to the consternation of many theatre professionals, that Emma Rice is to leave her post as Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe over issues of authenticity. Her Kneehigh production of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, staged at ...

Read More »

The Red Shed – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Mark Thomas Director: Joe Douglas Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Mark Thomas’ fringe award-winning The Red Shed is currently touring around the UK, including a three-night stop at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.  The Red Shed is celebrating the Labour Club’s 50th Anniversary and Thomas takes the opportunity to recreate the club’s history at its shed in Wakefield.  The wooden red shed ...

Read More »

Rocky Horror Show – The Grand, Leeds

Liam Tamne as Franknfurter. Image by Sean Webb

Writer: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Over 43 years ago Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London.  No one then envisaged the musical would become such a hit, with frequent return visits to packed audiences around the world.  The Leeds Grand is no different. This is an experience not to be ...

Read More »

English Touring Opera: La Calisto – Harrogate Theatre

Image by Jane Hobson

Composer: Francesco Cavalli Conductor/Director: Timothy Nelson Designer: Takis Reviewer: Ron Simpson At the start of English Touring Opera’s extensive UK tour, and in sharp contrast to the production of Ulysses’ Homecoming (a much more austere opera, be it said), Timothy Nelson’s imaginative take on Cavalli’s La Calisto got short shrift from the reviewers who unanimously took against its Carry On ...

Read More »

English Touring Opera: Ulysses’ Homecoming – Harrogate Theatre

Carolyn Dobbin as Penelope

Composer: Claudio Monteverdi Director: James Conway Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny Designer: Takis Reviewer: Ron Simpson With Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria from about 1640 – now translated, slightly less literally than usual, as Ulysses’ Homecoming – we are in at the dawn of opera: the same composer’s Orfeo may be the first opera and is certainly the earliest still ...

Read More »

North Country – The Wild Woods, Bradford

Writer: Tajinder Singh Hayer Director: Alex Chisholm Designer: Uzma Kazi Reviewer: Ron Simpson Freedom Studios is nothing if not bold in the settings and style of its productions.  The setting for North Country may be rather less integral to the subject matter than earlier site-specific triumphs at Drummonds Mill and Bradford Interchange, among others, but a disused city centre Marks ...

Read More »

The Woman in Black – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Stephen Mallatratt, from the novel by Susan Hill Director: Robin Herford Assistant Director: Antony Eden Reviewer: Janet Jepson There’s nothing like a good, honest, spine-chilling ghost story to bring an audience together at the edges of their seats. Suspense and horror seem to lend themselves to uniting individuals as if to ward off the threat posed onstage. Such is ...

Read More »

The Orchestra of Opera North: How It Works – Town Hall, Huddersfield

Presenter: Pui Fan Lee Conductor: Martin Pickard Soloist: Nicholas Watts (tenor) Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Orchestra of Opera North’s How it Works concert attracted a youthful audience, stretching to the occasional babe in arms. The programme, including some challenging 20th Century works, seemed aimed at a rather older age-group, but the gap was bridged by the introductions of Pui Fan ...

Read More »