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Talking Heads: Susan, Doris & Irene – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer – Alan Bennett Directors: James Brining, Amy Leach & John R Wilkinson Reviewer: Jay Nuttall It has been thirty years since the BBC commissioned a series of single voice plays from Leeds playwright Alan Bennett for BBC 2. These televisual treats became iconic, won BAFTAs, spawned a second volume of monologues and have been performed in theatres ever since. ...

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Talking Heads: Graham, Peggy and Muriel – West Yorkshire Playhouse

Writer: Alan Bennett Directors: James Brining, Amy Leach, John R. Wilkinson Designer: Laura Ann Price Reviewer: Ron Simpson As West Yorkshire Playhouse prepares to close for a major refurbishment Artistic Director James Brining has opted to end with an appropriate, rather than original, choice of play, saving the originality for a performance schedule that re-affirms the theatre’s commitment to the ...

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Sunshine on Leith – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Stephen Greenhorn Songs by: The Proclaimers Director: James Brining Reviewer: Gareth Davies The original production of this Scottish jukebox musical was one of the highlights of James Brining's tenure as artistic director at Dundee Rep. Created back in 2007 in collaboration with Stephen Greenhorn, who also gave us River City, the plan was to utilise the songs of the ...

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Sunshine on Leith – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Stephen Greenhorn Music: The Proclaimers Music Supervisor: David Shrubsole Director: James Brining Choreographer: Emily-Jane Boyle Reviewer: Janet Jepson West Yorkshire Playhouse has definitely chosen a winner with Sunshine on Leith, the modern musical based on the songs of the Scottish band The Proclaimers. Although the work was only premiered in 2007, it already has a strong fanbase, probably due ...

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Ode to Leeds – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Zodwa Nyoni Director: James Brining Reviewer: Rich Jevons At first, upon entering the auditorium, it could be easy to feel disappointed by the five microphones arranged neatly in a line. Not so, the stage is set for five poets, ready for their turn under the spotlight in the poetry slam. As the show progresses it becomes much more of ...

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NEWS: West Yorkshire Playhouse awarded £25k to support refugee and asylum seekers

In January 2014, the West Yorkshire Playhouse became the UK’s first Theatre of Sanctuary, part of the larger Sanctuary Awards initiative launched by Leeds-based charity, the City of Sanctuary movement. Now, the theatre has been awarded £25,000 by the Asda Foundation, to support refugee and asylum seekers. Among other things, the grant will enable the theatre to develop creative writing ...

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Million Dollar Quartet – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Martin Kaye and Jason Donovan in Million Dollar Quartet

Writer: Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Inspired by the famous recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time, Million Dollar Quartet is a rockin', rollin', unstoppable force that cannot fail to delight its audience. Transporting its audience ...

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Andy Hockley as Grandpa Potts centre and The Cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Writer: Ian Fleming Book: Jeremy Sams Music &Lyrics: Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman Director: James Brining Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Comparisons with the much-loved, 1968 film of Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are inevitable, such is its place in the British public's hearts, thankfully, this West Yorkshire Playhouse production of the iconic children's classic will largely satisfy audiences ...

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