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Hard Times – Lowry Theatre,Salford

Writer: Charles Dickens Adapted by: Deborah McAndrew Director and Composer: Conraad Nelson Reviewer: Helen Jones Charles Dicken's tenth novel, Hard Times, was first published between April and August 1854 in twenty installments in Dicken's own weekly publication Household Words. Set in a fictionalised Northern mill town, possibly based on Preston, which Dickens had recently visited, it is a view on ...

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Hard Times – Viaduct Theatre, Halifax

Writer: Charles Dickens Adapter: Deborah McAndrew Director/Composer: Conrad Nelson Designer: Dawn Allsopp Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Reviewer: Ron Simpson Northern Broadsides’ return to the Viaduct Theatre for the first time since the departure of Barrie Rutter, finds the company absolutely at the top of its game. Deborah McAndrew’s adaptation of Dickens’ Hard Times is as theatrically expansive as Conrad Nelson’s ...

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A Christmas Carol – Hull Truck Theatre

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Amy Leach Reviewer: Ron Simpson Yorkshire’s second version of A Christmas Carol to open this Christmas proves, above all, the wonderful dramatic qualities of the original story. The two productions – by Front Room Productions and, now, by Hull Truck Theatre – have very different production concepts, both extremely successful, but despite the ...

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – York Theatre Royal

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Based on a novel by: Anne Bronte Director: Elizabeth Newman Designer: Amanda Stoodley Reviewer: Ron Simpson Not before time, Anne Bronte is being rescued from her position as the “third” sister in every way, the one who, in Lip Service’s Bronte parody, Withering Looks, has just popped out for a cup of sugar. In fact, her novels ...

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Anne Brontë Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Jo Beggs If you’re familiar with Anne Brontë’s 1848 novel, you’ll know that it’s a gripping tale of love, loss and human failing. You’ll also know that it harbours some dark issues that remain, unfortunately, completely relevant to a 21st Century audience. If, like this reviewer, you have seriously failed ...

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Cyrano – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer​: Edmond Rostand Adapter​: Deborah McAndrew Director and Composer​: Conrad Nelson Reviewer​: Ron Simpson In an interview on the Northern Broadsides website Deborah McAndrew makes the point that, though Cyrano de Bergerac, to give it its original full title, is set in 1640, it is very much a product of the late 19th Century. That could hardly be truer. In ...

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Cyrano – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Writer: Edmond Rostand Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall Both heart-warming and heart-breaking in equal measure, this adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac is a poetic delight. Taking a classic and reimagining it into a culturally relevant piece of art is no mean feat, yet Northern Broadsides consistently achieve this through their adaptations. Cyrano is ...

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PREVIEW: 24:7 Theatre Festival Preview

Reporter: Matthew Forrest Most Mancunians will proudly tell you that the city of Manchester is the centre of the universe. With so much going on in the city throughout out the month of July you’d be forgiven for believing it. There is of course the Manchester International Festival, that will dominate most media output, and then there is the Greater ...

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