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An Evening with Greg Dyke – Cast, Doncaster

Host: Len Tingle Reviewer: Andrew White AnEvening with Greg Dyke. The former Director-General of the BBC. In Doncaster. Well, even five years ago, this wouldn’t have seemed possible. Part of the vision for the new performance venue in the town, called Cast; if this is a sign of the quality and diversity of things to come, then it is most ...

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Songs of Solidarity, Suffrage & Strength – City Varieties, Leeds

Writer: Boff Whalley Reviewer: Holly Spanner Established in 1968, Red Ladder is one of the nation’s leading touring companies dedicated to producing theatre which has the power for social change. With productions that are engaging, thought provoking and have a strong political voice, Songs of Solidarity, Suffrage &Strength is no different. A double bill, the audience are treated to two ...

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The Life and Loves of a Nobody – Studio Theatre, Sheffield

Writers: Rachael Walton and Chris Thorpe Director: Rachael Walton Co-Director: Alexander Kelly Reviewer: Fiona Hannon The Life and Loves of a Nobody is exactly as the title suggests, the story of an unremarkable woman. Rachael (the “nobody” in question) is 36 and grew up on the 18th floor of a tower block, eating carefully balanced popcorn, gazing at the stars ...

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Don’t Let Go – Upstairs at The Carriageworks, Leeds

Writers: Alex Monk, Sam Berrill and David Cartwright Reviewer: Holly Spanner Manic Chord is the perfect name for this theatre company. With an original soundtrack of ethereal music played almost entirely throughout, Don’t Let Go is inspired by the 1956 short film, Le Ballon Rouge, and follows the journey of Leonard. Leonard works in a factory. He endures a mundane, ...

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Blink – Studio Theatre, Sheffield

Director: Joe Murphy Author: Phil Porter Designer: Hannah Clark Reviewer: Fiona Hannon Blink. Actually, don’t. It would be a huge mistake to miss even a moment of this sweet, dark, tender production. Blink is warm, funny, sad, clever and totally convincing. Originally premiering in Edinburgh last year, and followed by a successful run at the Soho Theatre in London, this ...

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Dreamboats and Petticoats – Lyceum, Sheffield

Writer: Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Excitement, energy and laughter, Dreamboats and Petticoats is the musical to watch. A smash hit in the West End and now touring. The writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran have cleverly woven a tale of teenage love and angst with a good dose of comedy, around a full ...

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Singin’ In The Rain – Empire Theatre, Sunderland

Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green Music: Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed Director: Jonathan Church Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes After a successful run in the West End, this critically acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production, which received four Olivier Award nominations and played to packed houses, Singin' In The Rain tap dances its way into Sunderland as part of the current national tour. ...

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Moscow City Ballet: The Nutcracker – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Director &Choreographer: Victor Smirnov-Golovanov (after Marius Petipa) Reviewer: Fiona Hannon What better way to clear away the post-Christmas blues than with a warm and sparkling production of The Nutcracker? This perennial Christmas favourite enthralled an audience at Sheffield's Lyceum Theatre on a chilly January evening. This production is part of Moscow City Ballet's 25th anniversary UK ...

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