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It’s a Wonderful Life – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Mary Elliott Nelson Director: Jake Smith Designer: Ed Ullyart Reviewer: Ron Simpson East Riding Theatre’s ambition and achievement continue to surprise and impress. A converted church with fewer than 200 capacity and a small stage with no wing space, reliant for its operations on an army of volunteers to supplement the small professional team, it continues to mount productions ...

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Kiss Me – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Richard Bean Director: Matt Aston Set Designer: Ed Ullyart Reviewer: Ron Simpson Richard Bean’s last play to be seen on Humberside was the rowdy and exuberantly comic The Hypocrite which helped Hull Truck celebrate the City of Culture. It is a great achievement for East Riding Theatre to be able to present his 2016 play, Kiss Me, which was ...

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Shakers – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Four women in red bow tries

Writers: John Godber, Jane Thornton Director: John Godber Set/Lighting: Graham Kirk Reviewer: Ron Simpson Shakers, written by John Godber and Jane Thornton in 1985 as a sister piece to Godber’s Bouncers, has undergone various re-writes over the years. This latest version, performed by the John Godber Company at the East Riding Theatre, retains the 1980s setting, but is tagged with ...

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The Night Season – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Rebecca Lenkiewicz Director: Adrian Rawlins Set Designer: Ed Ullyart Lighting: Simon Bedwell Reviewer: Ron Simpson Amanda in Noel Coward’s Private Lives famously commented on the potency of cheap music. While there is nothing cheap about the Fred Astaire chapter of the Great American Songbook, popular music – from Irish folk song to Marlene Dietrich via Astaire-Rogers classics – is ...

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As We Forgive Them – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Marc Pickering and Charles Daish on As We Forgive Them at East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Richard Vergette Director: Andrew Pearson Set Design: Ed Ullyart Reviewer: Ron Simpson The date for the opening night of As We Forgive Them at the East Riding Theatre was chosen with painful appropriateness. Richard Vergette’s two-hander takes place on the occasions of three American elections. When it was first staged six years ago, Barrack Obama’s first election in 2008 ...

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A Steady Rain – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Keith Huff Director: Andrew Pearson Reviewer: Ron Simpson Remarkably, Vincent Regan combines a lucrative career in Hollywood historical/mythical blockbusters with the post of Artistic Director of East Riding Theatre. The current performances of A Steady Rain prove two things: the new theatre can sustain sizeable and appreciative audiences for a challenging, very un-Beverley play and Vincent Regan is not ...

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