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Bedroom Farce – Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Bedroom Farce was originally produced in Scarborough in 1975 and was followed by a famous National Theatre production, directed by Peter Hall. In the programme notes, Ayckbourn recalls how some people were unimpressed by this “commercial candy floss” being presented at such an eminent institution. However, the play has outlived such ...

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Fiddler on the Roof – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer: Joseph Stein Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Director and Choreographer: Craig Revel Horwood Orchestrator and Musical Director: Sarah Travis Reviewer: Ray Taylor The latest reincarnation of this much loved musical is a resounding success; a packed house gave a standing ovation on its opening night in Bradford. This new production tells the story of the small village community ...

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Eat, Pray, Laugh! Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour– The Grand Theatre, Leeds

Music: Andrew Ross Director: Simon Phillips Reviewer: Rosie Revell In Eat, Pray, Laugh Australian comedian Barry Humphries bids his final swansong from live performances and as his most famous bespectacled character puts it “a meditation on loss, gender, climate change, gay marriage and ethnicity’. For nearly 50 years Barry Humphries’ comic characters have outraged and shocked in equal measure. From ...

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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Alan Janes Music: Buddy Holly Lyrics: Buddy Holly Director: Matt Salisbury Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story rocked into Darlington town this week. This two act show walked us through Buddy Holly's meteoric three-year career and tragic death by way of radio D.J's announcing pivotal plot points. Each transition is followed by music-induced scenes with all the ...

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Carmen – The Royal Hall, Harrogate

Music: Georges Bizet Director: Boris Lagoda Conductor: Azat Maksutov Reviewer: Ray Taylor The Russian State Ballet and Opera Theatre of Komi have entertained a full house at Harrogate with their performance of what is considered the world’s most popular opera. The Theatre was founded in 1958 and is located in a republic just to the north of Moscow. They are ...

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Happy Days – The Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Book: Garry Marshall Music &lyrics: Paul Williams Director &choreographer: Andrew Wright Musical Supervisor: Greg Arrowsmith Reviewer: Fiona Hannon Those of a certain age will fondly remember the TV series Happy Days that this new musical is based on. First broadcast in 1974 and running until 1984, it attracted a huge following and was a firm favourite with families. This new ...

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Punt and Dennis: Ploughing on Regardless – Grand Opera House, York

Performers: Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis Reviewer: Andrew White “And now on BBC Radio 4, it’s two and a bit hours of The Now Show…” Which is essentially what the audience got. Packed into York’s Grand Opera House on Sunday night as part of Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis’ latest nationwide tour, the show also featured interjections of usual The ...

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Ed Byrne – Royal Hall, Harrogate

Performer: Ed Byrne Reviewer: Andrew White So how do you change when you reach your forties? Well, Ed Byrne provides some interesting and well-placed thoughts on the issue in his current tour, Roaring Forties,and the second half of this mammoth 2013/14 tour, sees him play Harrogate. Here, he found a warm, receptive crowd, mainly made up of fellow middle-aged people, ...

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