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Marching on Embers – Seven Arts, Leeds

Writer: Chris O’Connor Director: Ruth Carney Designer: Kevin Jenkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson Buglight Theatre’s thoughtful new production examines how recent political events might re-shape attitudes to the Irish Republican cause. At a time when moderate Republicans savour a period of comparative peace and project a gradual move to a united Ireland, Brexit potentially puts up the barriers again and shows ...

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The Kite Runner – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Khaled Hosseini Adaptation: Matthew Spangler Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Just before the performance begins, the audience is greeted with percussion sounds of the taba and the atmospheric staging for The Kite Runner.   The play is based on Khaled Hosseini’s bestselling novel with adaptation from Matthew Spangler.  The Kite Runner had its world premiere in 2009 in the ...

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Opera North’s Pagliacci and L’enfant et les sortilèges – The Grand, Leeds

Pagliacci Music and Libretto: Ruggero Leoncavallo Director: Charles Edwards L’enfant et les sortilèges Music: Maurice Ravel Libretto: Colette Director: Annabel Arden Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Both operas are part of The Little Greats festival which is made up of six short operas presented by Opera North this autumn.  This gives an opportunity for those new to opera as well as seasoned ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Scott Bellas Designer: Sam Curwen Reviewer: Ron Simpson In Northern Spark Theatre and Bite My Thumb’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream we are promised a late 1960s staging, complete with comedy, sensuality and physicality. The period is potentially an excellent fit with Shakespeare’s  most druggy play, but the match-up works intermittently, though, pleasingly, much more ...

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Partition – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Nick Ahad Director: Stefan Escreet Reviewer: Sue Collier Partition is a highly creative 60-minute one act play about the lasting effects surrounding the partition of India into two separate states (India and Pakistan - East Pakistan has since become Bangladesh). This seminal moment in history occurred 70 years ago on 15 August 1947 and is joint West Yorkshire Playhouse ...

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

Writer: Based on the book by John Boyne Music: Gary Yershon Director and Choreographer: Daniel de Andradge Reviewer: Laura Stimpson By special arrangement with Miramax, Northern Ballet brings to the stage John Boyne’s New York Times best seller, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. A story which needs little introduction, the 2006 novel The Boy ...

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Alfred – Left Bank Opera Festival, Leeds

Composer: Thomas Arne Librettists: David Mallett, James Thomson Director: David Ward Conductor: Christopher Pelly Reviewer: Ron Simpson The first Left Bank Opera Festival consists of three opera performances on the theme of Great British Opera, plus a network of supporting free events, held in the splendidly spacious converted church in Burley which operates as Left Bank Leeds. The festival is ...

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The Wedding Singer – The Grand, Leeds

Writer:  Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Stephen Brennan There’s a repeated joke towards the end of The Wedding Singer where fake versions of 1980’s icons are introduced, each time with a knowing wink to the audience inviting them to accept the pale imitation as the real thing. Unfortunately, for a ...

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