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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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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

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

Music and Lyrics: The Sherman Brothers Choreographer: Stephen Mear Writer: Ian Fleming Director: James Brining Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald The classic tale of inventor Caractacus Potts' fantasmagorical machine, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, swoops into Edinburgh's Festival Theatre this October. However, this particular production of the classic tale fails to cast its spell over the audience. It is impossible not to enter ...

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Into the Woods – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

Writer: James Lapine Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: James Brining Reviewer: Ruth Jepson   Mother told me never stray from the path… The path has strayed from you. Most people will know Into the Woods from the recent all-star movie, and turn up expecting tall trees, and green woodlands. It’s therefore rather surprising to walk into a set which ...

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16 for 2016: James Brining

Leeds' West Yorkshire Playhouse is one of our leading venues, with its productions receiving acclaim far beyond Yorkshire. Their production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is about to tour the UK after a nine-week run in Leeds and their production of Maxine Peake's Beryl receives its London premiere later this year. The venue has just announced its received £6.6m towards ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Andy Hockley

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

The Reviews Hub’s Rich Jevons talks to veteran actor Andy Hockley about playing Grandpa Potts in the new stage adaptation of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Had you seen the film before taking on the rôle of Grandpa Potts? Yes, I remember when it first came out! I saw it in the cinema when it was released ...

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

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

Writer: Ian Fleming Music &Lyrics: Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman Director: James Brining Choreographer: Stephen Mear Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood On arrival to the West Yorkshire Playhouse, themed decorations and props hint that something big is about to happen, and they would be right. Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is the theatre’s biggest ever Christmas show. Fleming’s story, ...

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