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A Streetcar Named Desire – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Tennessee Williams Produced by: Secret Theatre Director: Sean Holmes Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Secret theatre are so secretive that they don’t give you any information about their plays. In the case of their first few shows in London, this has even included the name of the show, although that isn’t the case in their current tour. A Streetcar Named Desire ...

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Sister Act – Grand Opera House, York

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glen Slater Book: Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner Director: Nik Briggs Reviewer: Mark Clegg In an era where the vast majority of new musicals are based on a recognised brand, it is not surprising that the movie Sister Act found its way to the stage. What is surprising is how long it took to get there. ...

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Cast Comedy Club – Cast, Doncaster

Reviewer: Andrew White As part of Cast’s first birthday celebrations, the monthly Cast Comedy Club got in the act, with some party hats and a few balloons. A capacity audience were in the mood for some top comedy from the 4 acts on the bill on the evening, and for the most part they got it. As per usual, the ...

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Dracula – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Music: Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Michael Daugherty, Sergei Rachmaninov Choreographer and Director: David Nixon Reviewer: Ruth Jepson From Twilight, to Vampire Diaries via True Blood and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, there’s no denying that the undead are big business. With all the modern incarnations of vampiric deeds, it’s often easy to forget where it all began. Although tales of vampires ...

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The White Whale – Leeds Dock

Writer: James Phillips Director: Alan Lane Reviewer: Holly Spanner Obsession is a double edged sword. It can focus and motivate us, but too much of it can drive us to ruin, making us blind to all else except that to which we attain. What happens when that obsession is driven not by passion, but revenge? Leeds based Theatre Company Slung ...

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Kes – Cast, Doncaster

Directors: Philip Osment and Kully Thiarai Book:Barry Hines Reviewer : Andrew White When you are celebrating the end of a successful first year of a new venue, it is ideal to feature a story with local significance which really makes a point about the venues place in the community. So for their celebration, Doncaster’s one year old theatre Cast, chose ...

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She Stoops to Conquer – Viaduct Theatre, Halifax

Writer: Oliver Goldsmith Director: Conrad Nelson Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer is a rarity, being a humorous play of the 18th century still regularly performed today. It’s an obvious choice for award-winning company Northern Broadsides, with their avowed intent to breathe new life into classical texts. At home in Liberty Hall, Mr. ...

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Singin’ in the Rain – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Book: Betty Comden &Adolf Green Music: Nacio Herb Brown &Arthur Freed Choreographer: Andrew Wright Director: Jonathan Church Reviewer: Holly Spanner When the American musical comedy film Singin’ in the Rain starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor, was first released in 1952, it was only a modest hit. Since then however, its popularity has risen to extraordinary heights, and ...

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