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Duty Free – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Eric Chappell Director: Roger Redfarn Reviewer: Janet Jepson Many clichés could be attributed to this performance – ‘let sleeping dogs lie’ is one, ‘you can’t turn back the clock’ is another – and they would all be proved true. The basic idea of resurrecting the 1970/80s sitcom about two couples on holiday in Spain sounded a good proposition, but ...

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The Mousetrap – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Ian Watt-Smith Reviewer: Liza Kyle We could start by breaking with tradition and announcing to the world that it was Colonel Mustard, in the kitchen with the lead pipe who ‘dun it’, but that really would let the 62 year old cat of the bag. Despite its longevity, The Mousetrap remains something of an enigma with ...

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously – Royal Hall, Harrogate

Reviewer: Andrew White Labelled “The world’s greatest living explorer” by The Guinness Book of Records, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has certainly been to a whole host of rather remote places. He earned the Guinness quote in 1984, and has since then gone on to break many more records and led expeditions to remote regions – so an evening listening to him ...

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The Elvis Years 1954 to 1977 – Civic Theatre, Rotherham

Musical Director: David MacKay Reviewer: Janet Jepson “Elvis has entered the building” – maybe not quite possible, but pretty close. Mario Kombou has been performing his tribute to Elvis for over 20 years, and he bears an uncanny similarity to the King of Rock n’ Roll, down to the trademark quiff in the blackest hair and of course the slightly ...

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Betty Blue Eyes – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Alan Bennett Music: George Stiles Lyrics: Anthony Drewe Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Sue Collier Betty Blue Eyes is a musical comedy based on the marvellous 1984 film‘A Private Function’ which starred Maggie Smith and Michael Palin. While this is quite a cast to live up to, this challenge was more than met during a lively performance in Leeds where ...

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Wicked – Leeds Grand, Leeds

Book: Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Music &Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Reviewer: S.E. Webster Rather appropriately, Leeds Grand Theatre rolled out the green carpet on press night as they welcomed hundreds of theatre-goers to watch the highly acclaimed musical theatre production, Wicked. This is the musical’s first ever UK tour since it originally premiered in London’s West End in 2006. In ...

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Mixtape: Britpop- Alphabetti Spaghetti Theatre, Newcastle

Director: Melanie Rashbrooke Reviewer: Gemma Louise Hirst For someone who did not grow up with the era of tapes and cassettes, I was rather worried about how Mixtape was going to play out. I had visions of the tape getting stuck on a track, or getting jammed in the cassette player; luckily none of those things happened and the audience ...

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Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story – The Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Alan Janes Musical Supervisor : John Banister Director: Matt Salisbury Reviewer: Janet Jepson The Buddy Holly Story has been entertaining audiences around the world for 25 years, longer than its star actually lived, because as any fan knows, Buddy was tragically killed at the age of 22. This young man’s incredible rise to fame from his early life in ...

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