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A Night at the Opera – Millennium Square, Leeds

Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Conductors: Jessica Cottis/James Holmes Soloists: Jeni Bern (soprano)/Quirijn de Lang (baritone) Reviewer: Ron Simpson A Night at the Opera, the second event of the three-night Opera North in the City Festival, showed once again the canniness of the company’s programming. The evening was not perfect: the orchestral sound conjured up for the outdoor performance was ...

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Out Of Order – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Shaun Williamson and Andrew Hall in Out of Order

Writer: Ray Cooney Director: Ray Cooney Reviewer: Dan English Ray Cooney’s revival of his 1990 farce, Out Of Order,  strikes a particular political chord just days before the General Election as it reaches Dartford as part of its UK Tour. Together in affection, divided by political loyalty, Richard (Jeffrey Harmer) and Jane’s (Susie Amy) liaison comes to a sudden halt when ...

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Out of Order – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Shaun Williamson and Andrew Hall in Out of Order

Writer & Director: Ray Cooney OBE Reviewer: Harriet Brace “Do you think I could go out and come back in again?” The immortal tagline of any bad day is instantly relatable, echoes with resigned frustration – and perfectly sums up Ray Cooney’s theatrical farce Out of Order. The award-winning dramedy follows the misfortunes of junior minister Richard Willey, whose roguish ...

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Out of Order – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Shaun Williamson and Andrew Hall in Out of Order

Writer & Director: Ray Cooney Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Ray Cooney is, surely, the master of British farce, writing many for the West End. And all are very British in nature, poking fun at our betters as they get into, and try to extricate themselves from, sticky situations. We can feel superior to the characters, some of whom are the authors of ...

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Kiss Me Kate – Liverpool Empire

Quirijn de Lang and Jeni Bern in Kiss Me Kate

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter Book: Bella and Samuel Spewack Director: Jo Davies Conductor: James Holmes Reviewer: John Roberts Last year the Welsh National Opera brought their dark and foreboding production of Sweeney Todd to the Empire, this year to celebrate Shakespeare's 400th Celebrations the company bring a vibrant and engaging (if a little too long) revival of Cole Porter's Kiss Me ...

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The Boys in the Band – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Mart Crowley Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Stephen Bates When Mart Crowley's play The Boys in the Band opened in New York in 1968, it raised many eyebrows, but, today, the only thing shocking about it is the factthat anyone ever saw it as shocking. The play centres on a raucous birthdayparty to whichMichael (Ian Hallard) has invitedfive other gay ...

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Welsh National Opera: Sweeney Todd – Liverpool Empire

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Hugh Wheeler Director: James Brining Conductor: James Holmes Reviewer: John Roberts This Welsh National Opera revival of Dundee Rep's production (which was also revived for a run by The Royal Exchange and West Yorkshire Playhouse) somehow manages to lose the intensity and grittiness inherent in Sondheim’s powerful musical. Director James Brining takes the story away from ...

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WNO: Sweeney Todd – Bristol Hippodrome

Composer: Stephen Sondheim Conductor: James Holmes Director: James Brining Reviewer: Kris Hallett Sweeney Todd is one of the only shows that seems to be able to sit easily in both the theatrical and operatic canons. Whether Sondheim’s work is a musical or full-blown opera is a point that can be debated ad nauseam - my own inclinations tend to place ...

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