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One Man, Two Guvnor’s – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Richard Bean Music &Lyrics: Grant Olding Director: Nicholas Hytner Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes Ina cross between Carry on and Pantomime we have the incredibly hilarious One Man, Two Guvnor’s. Full of physical comedy, slapstick, audience participation and breaking of the fourth wall. Played originally in the West End by James Corden we now have Gavin Spokes filling the woollen suit ...

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A Taste of Honey – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Shelagh Delaney Director: Mark Babych Produced by: Hull Truck Theatre and Derby Theatre Reviewer: Fiona Hannon A Taste of Honey originally opened more the 50 years ago. This performance in a new theatre, although very firmly of its time, is still fresh and relevant today. That it was Shelagh Delaney’s first attempt at writing for the theatre aged only ...

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Spiers and Boden: Goodbye, The Final Tour – Harrogate Theatre

Music: John Spiers &Jon Boden Reviewer: Sue Collier Having played together for over 14 years, Radio Two Folk Award winning duo Spiers and Boden have announced this to be their last tour together as a duo for the foreseeable future. Thankfully, this is not as a result of them splitting up, but rather that they will be returning to playing ...

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Mark Thomas: 100 Acts of Minor Dissent – Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

Reviewer: Andrew White It’s hard to imagine Mark Thomas ever stopping being frustrated, angry and defiant about big corporations, injustices in the world and Government hypocrisy. This is something deep in his soul, and as he points out, he’s now aged 51 and doesn’t give a monkeys. But he did have to take a break from activism and the comedy ...

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The Threepenny Opera – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Music: Kurt Weill Lyrics: Jeremy Sams Directors: Peter Rowe, Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Katie Lee 'If the misery is genuine, no one will believe it.' This contemporary adaptation of Brecht's Threepenny Opera by Graeae Theatre Company explores poverty, disability and common reaction to it, updating the text for our present era of government cuts. Here, the beggars are ...

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Miss Nightingale – City Varieties, Leeds

Writer, Music &Lyrics: Matthew Bugg Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Holly Spanner   Miss Nightingale originally premiered at the Lowry Studio, Salford and the King’s Head Islington in 2011, and has since undergone a significant re-write to the book, music and lyrics; all by composer Matthew Bugg, who is also responsible for the music behind the West End productions of Volcano, ...

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Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play – Cast, Doncaster

Adapted by Jonathan Lloyd Director: Roman Stefanski Reviewer: Andrew White If you’ve got children under the age of around 10, you’ll be more than familiar with Charlie and his little sister Lola - who is small and very funny. Created by writer and illustrator Lauren Child in 2000, they first starred in a series of picture books before hitting the ...

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See How They Run – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Philip King Director: Eric Potts Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes See How They Run is a glorious farce presented by Warwick Davis and the members of the Reduced Height Theatre Company. Written in 1945, it is a hilarious nonsensethatis quite literally “Hello Vicar, whoops – there go my trousers”. With escaped Germans, Bishops, soldiers, visiting vicars and a village battle-axe, it ...

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