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Chicago – The Grand, Leeds

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Writer: Fred Ebb &Bob Fosse Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Original Director/Choreographer: Bob Fosse Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Award-winning Chicago returns to the UK Tour scene with this star-studded production. Written by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, it's based on Maurine Dallas Watkins’ play of the same name. A journalist by trade, Watkins wrote for the Chicago Tribune during the prohibition ...

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The Woman in Black  – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Stephen Mallatratt, from the novel by Susan Hill Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest A black stage. A single candle, trembling in an actor's hand. Screams echoed through the theatre and not all of them came from the stage. If the cold shiver down the spine isn't a tip-off, The Woman In Black has arrived in town. Our setting ...

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The Boys in the Band – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Mart Crowley Director: Adam Penford Designer: Rebecca Brower Reviewer: Ron Simpson In 1968, Mart Crowley’s play seemed brave and shocking in its frank depiction of gay lifestyle in New York. Now, its exposition feels clunky and its one-liners come gift-wrapped as in a Neil Simon comedy. Crawley’s well-intentioned inclusion of so many different types of homosexuals can seem formulaic, ...

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The Woman in Black – Exeter Northcott

Writer: Stephen Mallatratt, from the novel by Susan Hill Director: Robin Herford Assistant Director: Antony Eden Reviewer: Joan Phillips Stephen Mallatratt’s stage adaptation of Susan Hill’s short story, The Woman in Black, has now been running in theatres for 27 years. With such a long run it would be no surprise if audiences already knew the plot and its revelations. ...

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Transfigured Night – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

The Hebrides Ensemble

Performers: The Hebrides Ensemble &Psappha Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Hebrides Ensemble and Psappha have much in common. Both are chamber music ensembles with a formidable reputation in contemporary music, both had long-term associations with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies who died in March, and both are celebrating their 25th anniversaries this year. What better way to commemorate their quarter-centuries than by a ...

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Million Dollar Quartet – The Grand, Leeds

Image by Darren Bell

Writers: Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrix Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Holly Spanner It’s the fourth of December 1956 in Nashville, Tennessee. In a small recording studio on 706 Union Avenue, a seminal moment in rock n’ roll history is taking place; an impromptu jam session between Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. And, as far as ...

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The Red Shed – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Mark Thomas Director: Joe Douglas Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Mark Thomas’ fringe award-winning The Red Shed is currently touring around the UK, including a three-night stop at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.  The Red Shed is celebrating the Labour Club’s 50th Anniversary and Thomas takes the opportunity to recreate the club’s history at its shed in Wakefield.  The wooden red shed ...

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The Woman in Black – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Stephen Mallatratt, from the novel by Susan Hill Director: Robin Herford Assistant Director: Antony Eden Reviewer: Janet Jepson There’s nothing like a good, honest, spine-chilling ghost story to bring an audience together at the edges of their seats. Suspense and horror seem to lend themselves to uniting individuals as if to ward off the threat posed onstage. Such is ...

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