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Riverdance – The Grand, Leeds

Director: John McColgan Composer: Bill Whelan Producer: Moya Doherty Reviewer: Rich Jevons As Riverdance celebrates its 21st anniversary, it displays all of the energy and dynamic imagination that it possessed in that striking Eurovision Song Contest performance back in 1994. Act one sees the performers coming to terms with the ancient world of the sun and all of the dominion ...

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Northern Ballet: Swan Lake – The Grand, Leeds

Image Credit Emma Kauldhar

Choreography &Costume Design: David Nixon Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Orchestration: John Langstaff Conductor: John Pryce-Jones Reviewer: Rich Jevons   As the centrepiece of Northern Ballet’s revival of the scintillating and sensual Swan Lake, Tobias Batley as Anthony is not merely masterful, but allows his movement to display a whole gamut of emotions: grief and guilt over the drowning of his ...

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L’elisir d’amore – Grand Theatre, Leeds

Freddie Butterfield as Dulcamara’s Boy, Richard Burkhard as Dulcamara and the Chorus of Opera North

Music: Gaetano Donizetti Director: Daniel Slater Choreographer: Tim Claydon Conductor: Tobias Ringborg Reviewer: Rich Jevons Donizetti’s romantic comedy L’elisir d’amore premiered in Milan in 1832 and was first performed by Opera North at the Leeds Grand in 1983, also where the first showing of this production took place in 2000. Daniel Slater, who previously worked with Opera North on The ...

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Andrea Cheniér – The Grand, Leeds

The cast of Opera North's Andrea Chenier

Music: Umberto Giodarno Libretto: Luigi Illica Director: Annabel Arden Conductor: Oliver von Dohnányl Reviewer: Rich Jevons The action, set in revolutionary France, starts at the Château de Coigny where we find servant Gerard secretly in love with the lady of the house, Madeleine. We are introduced to the guests as they enter, including an Abbé who reports with news back ...

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Opera North: Jenůfa – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Leoš Janáček Director: Tom Cairns Choreographer: Aletta Collins Conductor: Aleksander Markovićl Reviewer: Tom Tollett In these cash-strapped times, Opera North are discovering a plethora of wonders at the back of the drawer. Recently, the welcome re-vamp of Giles Havergal's production of The Barber of Seville from 1986 and now, Tom Cairns' equally memorable 1995 Jenůfa. It is said that ...

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The Barber of Seville – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Gioachino Rossini Conductor: Stuart Stratford Director: Giles Havergal Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Opera North's latest production of The Barber of Seville is joyous and bright, taking on this classic story with a warm nod to tradition and many contemporary laughs. The story takes place in Seville, where the Count Almaviva is trying to woo the young Rosina, who lives under ...

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Kiss Me Kate – The Grand, Leeds

Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter Director: Jo Davies Conductor: David Charles Abell Reviewer: Tom Tollett Jo Davies' splendid new production of Kiss Me, Kate, Cole Porter's famous take on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, is a triumph from beginning to end. Not only can it claim first-rate vocals, acting and dancing from principals and chorus alike, but Davies' careful ...

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Dance ‘Til Dawn – The Grand, Leeds

Book: Ed Curtis Director: Karen Bruce Music &Orchestrator: Chris Egan Reviewer: Rich Jevons The show is introduced by Terry Kempner as Private Investigator Tommy Dubrowski who serves as narrator and comic relief throughout this scintillating show. He has in his possession compromising pictures of film star Bobby Burns, causing the lovely Lana Clemenza to become “not happy” and uses her ...

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