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Carmen – The Victoria Theatre, Halifax

Music: Georges Bizet Lyrics: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halevy Director: Boris Lagoda Conductor: Azat Maksutov Reviewer: Rob Atkinson It's not every day that the chance is offered to see the Russian State Ballet perform in Halifax. So for this production of Bizet's Carmen there was every expectation that, once inside the town's impressive Victoria Theatre, its less attractive "dark satanic ...

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Of Mice and Men – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Book: John Steinbeck Music: Heather Christian Director: Mark Rosenblatt Reviewer: Holly Spanner Based on the book by John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men is nearing its 80th birthday. A popular study on the GCSE syllabus, the story has been read and analyzed by many. Released to glowing reviews in 1937 when it hit bestseller lists around the country and subsequently ...

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Wonderful Tennessee – Lyceum, Sheffield

Writer: Brian Friel Musical Director: Luke Carver Goss Director: Paul Miller Reviewer: Sheila Stratford. Wonderful Tennessee, is the third and concluding play in the Brian Friel season at Sheffield Theatres. It offers the opportunity to experience the breadth of Brian Friel’s work from four decades of his award winning writing career. This highly acclaimed Irish dramatist, author and director was ...

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The Table – Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Devised and Directed: BLind SumMiT Theatre Music: Lemey and Friedel Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Blind SumMiT Theatre are puppetry innovators; innovative is adventurous, fresh, imaginative and inventive, all adjectives that fit the companies work. The Table is where Moses, the central character lives. He relates a story about God, himself, life, death and puppetry. Moses is a bit of an old ...

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Eternal Love: The Story of Abelard and Heloise – Darlington Civic Theatre

Writer: Howard Brenton Director: John Dove Reviewer: Mark Clegg Although not as famous as other doomed lovers like Romeo and Juliet or Arthur and Guinevere, the story of Abelard and Eloise is more rooted in fact and history than the others, and is consequently perhaps the more emotional tale. Set in Medieval France, the story sees Abelard the philosopher and ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Director: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Swan Lake is the ballet everyone has heard of, but not many people actually know the plot of. In a nutshell, a young prince, depressed at the lack of love in his life, stumbles upon a beautiful white swan, falls in love, and then is shocked when the swan turns ...

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Carmen – Mill and Tyne Theatre, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Music: Georges Bizet Director: Boris Lagoda Conductor: Azat Maksutov Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Love, treachery, passion and betrayal, Carmen has it all. An opera in four acts, Bizet adapted the plot from the novel ‘Carmen’ by French writer Prosper Merimee. Opening in Seville, in a town square outside a cigarette factory, we see Michaela (Olga Sosnovskaya) asking some soldiers for her ...

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The Mikado -The Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Music: Arthur Sullivan Lyrics: W.S. Gilbert Musical Director: Ben Holder Reviewer: Sue Collier This production of The Mikado was due to start at 7:30pm, but it was only at this point that the auditorium was opened to the public and an amusing explanation announced, namely that the stage curtains would not close. The outcome of this problem turned out to ...

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