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Ensemble 360: Music In The Round – Cast, Doncaster

Violins: Claudia Ajmore-Marsan, Sarah-Jane Bradley, Benjamin Nabarro Cello: Gemma Rosefield Double Bass: Laurѐne Durantel Horn: Naomi Atherton Oboe: Adrian Wilson Clarinet: Matthew Hunt Flute: Juliette Bausor Bassoon: Amy Harman Reviewer: Andrew White There’s something magical about Music in the Round. It’s about being closer to the music and feeling a part of it; and that’s what the capacity crowd in ...

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Teechers – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer/Director: John Godber Set/Lighting: Graham Kirk Reviewer: Rosie Revell Rarely a week goes by where the education system, or more accurately the state of it, is not in the headlines. With a new curriculum looming for the youth of Britain today, and the emphasis moving away from the arts, never has a revival of John Godber’s Teechers, a bitingly clever ...

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Pygmalion – The Grand Theatre, Leeds

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Holly Spanner Don’t recognise the name? Perhaps you’ll recognise the story. Pygmalion is one of George Bernard Shaw’s most popular plays, first staged in 1912 (originally subtitled A Romance in Five Acts). Aristocrat and phonetics expert Professor Henry Higgins makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can transform Cockney ...

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Kes – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Barry Hines Director, Choreographer and Adapter: Jonathan Watkins Composer: Alex Baranowski Designer: Ben Stones Puppetry Designer and Director: Rachael Canning Reviewer: Ray Taylor A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines, first published in 1968, and the film Kes directed by Ken Loach in 1969 are both extremely well known and loved by millions. The film in particular is ...

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Tom Paxton and Janis Ian, Together At Last – Grand Opera House, York

Music: Tom Paxton, Janis Ian, Robin Bullock Reviewer: Sue Collier Tom Paxton walked on stage to thunderous applause and held his enthusiastic audience star-struck. His warm and jovial nature was endearing and he clearly loved the York setting which delighted his audience. On stage for their first UK tour together, Paxton and Janis Ian provided an evening of cheerful merriment ...

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Othello – Barnsley Civic Theatre

Writer: William Shakespeare Music: Ron McAllister Director: Max Lewendel Reviewer: Fiona Hannon Othello is one of Shakespeare’s best known plays and is performed regularly. It is a timeless story of betrayal and deception, of jealously and manipulation, where the action moves from sophisticated Venice to the heat of the sun in military Cyprus. Othello (Gary Stoner), a powerful military leader, ...

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The Lion King – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Music: Elton John, Lebo M, Mark Mancina and others Lyrics: Tim Rice and others Book: Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi Director: Julie Taymor Choreographer: Garth Fagan Musical Director: Jonathan Gill Reviewer: Audrey Pointer The Lion King is a massive theatrical blockbuster born from a collaboration between showbiz heavyweights Tim Rice and Elton John and includes the Oscar-winning song ‘Can You ...

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