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Nothing like the Sun – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Performers: The Gavin Bryars Ensemble Reviewer: Ron Simpson Nothing like the Sun was commissioned by Opera North and the Royal Shakespeare Company some ten years ago. Now the Gavin Bryars Ensemble has brought his song-cycle based on Shakespeare’s sonnets to the Howard Assembly Room. As it runs to about 50 minutes, it is usually supplemented by other works. In its ...

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Marc Almond: Shadows & Reflections – Town Hall, Leeds

Reviewer: Rich Jevons Some two years on since Marc Almond came to Leeds Town Hall to celebrate the release of The Velvet Trail which was followed by a recital of torch songs with the pop orchestra of Leeds College of Music, we are now treated to Almond alongside a vocal chorus, strings and brass section with the Musical Director at ...

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Opera North’s Cavalleria rusticana and Trial by Jury – The Grand, Leeds

Cavalleria rusticana Music: Pietro Mascagni Libretto: Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci Director: Karolina Sofulak Trial by Jury Music: Arthur Sullivan Libretto: William Schwenck Gilbert Director: John Savournin Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Both Cavalleria rusticana and Trial by Jury are part of The Little Greats festival which Opera North is presenting this autumn.  The double bill of short operas makes up the evening’s lineup and both productions make their ...

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For Love or Money – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Blake Morrison, adapted from Alain-René Lesage’s Turcaret Music: Conrad Nelson Director: Barrie Rutter Choreographer: Beverley Norris-Edmunds Reviewer: Sue Collier This Northern Broadsides production is set in 1920’s Yorkshire. We are introduced to the once grand but now sparsely furnished and dilapidated home of the manipulative widow Rose. Rose is considering the merits of two men. Should she choose the ...

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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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