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La Vida Breve / Gianni Schicchi – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Manuel de Fella, Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Carlos Fernández Shaw,Giovacchino Forzona Director: Christopher Alden Conductor: Jac van Steen Reviewer: Rich Jevons Director Christopher Alden is very much the auteur in this successful revival of Manuel de Falla’s La vida breve (it was first performed by Opera North in 2004). Johan Engels’ set is revealed as a corrugated iron sweat shop ...

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Opera North: The Bartered Bride – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Bedřich Smetana Libretto: Karel Sabina, English translation by Leonard Hancock and David Pountney with dialogue by Daniel Slater Director: Daniel Slater Conductor: Anthony Kraus Reviewer: Rich Jevons Right from the intro of Bedřich Smetana’s beautiful overture against a screen of graffiti-ridden notices for a Czech national holiday, we know we are in for a full-blown romantic comedy with a ...

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Opera North: The Coronation of Poppea – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Claudio Monteverdi et al Libretto: Giovanni Francesco Busenello English translation: Tim Albery Director: Tim Albery Conductor: Laurence Cummings Reviewer: Rich Jevons It’s first century AD Rome and the Fates are playing games with mere mortals. It’s a case of Amore (Emilie Renard) using Cupid’s arrows to prove to the goddesses of Fortune (Ciara Hendrick) and Virtue (Claire Pascoe) that ...

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NEWS: 100 Years on, but never forgotten

100 years ago, Britain had entered into the First World War. It was a war which would claim the lives of over 16 million people and injuring a further 20 million, making it one of the deadliest conflicts in recorded history. This season, theatres in Leeds are remembering the lives and stories of those who served throughout the First World ...

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Noises Off – Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House

Writer: Michael Frayn Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Audrey Pointer [rating:5] Famously featuring a play within a play, Michael Frayn's Noises Off is an award-winning farce in three parts - all three parts are entitled Act One in the programme (which is itself a programme within a programme). This production of Michael Frayn’s astonishingly well-crafted comedy classic is on tour from ...

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The Great Gatsby – Leeds Grand Theatre

Book: Based on the novel by F Scott Fitzgerald Choreographer, Director &Costume Designer: David Nixon, OBE Set Designer: Jérôme Kaplan Music: Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, CBE Musical Director: John Pryce Jones Reviewer: S. E. Webster [rating:4.5] In spite of the fact that 2013 is not a landmark year after the death of F Scott Fitzgerald, who died in 1940, it ...

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The Nutcracker – Grand Theatre, Leeds

Director and choreographer: David Nixon Composer: Tchaikovsky Musical director: John Pryce-Jones Lighting designer: Mark Jonathan Set designer: Charles Cusick Smith Reviewer: Laura Stimpson [rating:4] What a privilege to see The Nutcracker, performed by Northern Ballet on the 120th anniversary of its (not very successful) St Petersburg premiere in 1892. The Nutcracker was commissioned following the success of Tchaikovsky’s previous ballet, ...

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Avenue Q – The Mayflower, Southampton

Book - Jeff Whitty Music &Lyrics - Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Director – Jason Moore Reviewer – Sarah Louise Forrester [rating:5]   `Avenue Q` was aptly written by Jeff Whitty – The script is so good it holds the adult audience's attention for the full 2 hours 10 minutes. `Avenue Q` can be likened to an adult version of ...

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