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RAF in Concert – Royal Hall, Harrogate

Conductor: Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs Main vocalist: Flight Lieutenant Matthew Little Reviewer: Audrey Pointer The Royal Air Force Music Services boasts several bands and orchestras. A concert tour featuring a repertoire of old and new music of differing genres, is being held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first display season of the world famous Red Arrows. There is ...

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Grupo Corpo – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Artistic Director: Paulo Pederneiras Choreographer: Rodrigo Pederneiras Music: Carlos Nunes and Jose Miguel Wisnik (on songs by Martin Codax), Tom Ze and Jose Miguel Wisnik Reviewer: Rich Jevons Brazilian dance company Grupo Corpo come to Bradford’s Alhambra to delight us with their quite delirious yet endearing style, combining classical ballet with Latin American dance. At the start of their first ...

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United We Stand – Square Chapel, Halifax

Writer: Neil Gore Musical Director: John Kirkpatrick Director: Louise Townsend Reviewer: Sue Collier Louise Townsend’s Production of United We Stand is a two act play offering a highly entertaining account of the 1972 National Building Strike. The strike aimed to improve pay and safety conditions for those working in the building industry at a time when many builders died as ...

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Dave Spikey: Punchlines – Rotherham Civic Theatre

Reviewer: Rosie Revell Award winning comedy favourite Dave Spikey returns to the comedy circuit with his new show, Punchlines, which is shaping up already to be a comedy heavyweight. Spikey is here to prove a point. A punchline, by definition, is the final part of a joke, speech or funny story which is intended to provoke laughter or thought, or ...

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England, Arise! – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Mick Martin Music: Jamie Lockhart and Lee Smith Director: Jude Wright Reviewer: Sue Collier The play begins with the five strong cast presenting themselves with a lively explanation of the forthcoming story before singing ‘England Arise’. This bright and chipper start to the evening immediately draws one’s attention to the play’s subject. As a result of his strong socialist ...

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Grounded – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: George Brant Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood A surreal and anticipated atmosphere awaits the audience with the playing of eclectic range of rock music and the character, The Pilot, unemotionally waits in a screened in box to tell her story. George Brant’s Grounded, an award winning one-woman play, is about a woman’s high flying career as a fighter ...

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The Woman in Black – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Stephen Mallatratt, adapted from the novel by Susan Hill Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Ruth Jepson   You, of course, will never suffer as I did… The Woman in Black is an iconic show. First performed in lowly Scarborough in 1987, the play moved on to grace the West End in 1989, first at The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, then to ...

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Opera North: The Bartered Bride – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Bedřich Smetana Libretto: Karel Sabina, English translation by Leonard Hancock and David Pountney with dialogue by Daniel Slater Director: Daniel Slater Conductor: Anthony Kraus Reviewer: Rich Jevons Right from the intro of Bedřich Smetana’s beautiful overture against a screen of graffiti-ridden notices for a Czech national holiday, we know we are in for a full-blown romantic comedy with a ...

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