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Relatively Speaking – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Relatively Speaking was written in 1965, originally titled Meet My Father. The play premiered in London’s West End in 1967 to positive reviews. This production is jointly presented by Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Kenny Wax Ltd and is currently touring nationwide. The comedy play introduces, Greg (Antony Eden) and Ginny ...

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Sister Act – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Cheri and Bill Steinkellner Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Director &choreographer: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood brings his new production of Sister Act on an extensive UK tour, including its stop in Leeds. The musical is based on the smash hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith. Many know the ...

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Let it Be – The Grand, Leeds

Cast of Let It Be Tour 2016

Creative Supervisor: Keith Strachan Sound Designer: Mike Whyte Musical Director: John Maher Reviewer: Janet Jepson “Act like you’re 17 again!” “Wave your mobile phone in the air!” It could be impossible for a large part of the audience to carry out both suggestions simultaneously, but everyone at The Grand in Leeds gets into the spirit for their idols, The Beatles. ...

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Barnbow Canaries – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Alice Nutter Music: Dyfan Jones Director: Kate Wasserberg Choreographer: Lucy Hind Reviewer: Janet Jepson Every town has a war memorial to its fallen soldiers, a constant reminder of men who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for a better world. But sadly this is only half of the story, what of all those brave women who toiled behind the scenes ...

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Cats – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: T S Eliot Director: Trevor Nunn Choreographer: Gillian Lynne Reviewer: Holly Spanner T S Eliot published Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats in 1939 and 38 years later Andrew Lloyd Webber began composing music for what he describes as being a childhood favourite. Four years later in 1981, Cats premiered at the New London Theatre ...

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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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Gideon Klein: Portrait of a Composer – Holy Trinity Church, Leeds

Writer: David Fligg Translator: Hana Trojanova Director: Mark France Reviewer: Ron Simpson Out of the Shadows is a three-week festival devoted to the work and discoveries of Performing the Jewish Archive, a major international project involving, among others, the universities of Leeds and York. Its opening event celebrated Jewish achievement in the face of almost unimaginable cruelty and the vast ...

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Kes – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Jack Lord and Dan Parr in Kes at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

Book by: Barry Hines Adapted by: Robert Alan Evans Director: Amy Leach Reviewer: Rich Jevons Even on the way into Leeds the taxi driver soon warmed to the memories, be it twenty years earlier, of reading Barry Hines’ quintessentially northern novel A Kestrel for A Knave and seeing the Ken Loach film Kes. As West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director James ...

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