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The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Daniel Jamieson Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Jay Nuttall “I want to waste the rest of my life with you,” Bella tells her husband, Marc – and for a short time, we are invited to waste some of our time with them too. Of course, not a second is wasted in Kneehigh’s exquisite The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk. This eccentric ...

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George’s Marvellous Medicine – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Roald Dahl Adaptor: David Wood Director: Julia Thomas Music: Tasha Taylor-Johnson Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Following the success of previous Roald Dahl adaptations for the stage, Curve and Rose Theatre have joined forces once again with another fine collaboration worthy of Dahl’s classic creations. This production of George’s Marvellous Medicine marks David Wood’s eighth Dahl adaptation but his proliferation is ...

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The Nature of Forgetting – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Devised by: Theatre Re Conceived and Directed by: Guillaume Pige Reviewer: Jay Nuttall The West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Every Third Minute festival continues as the theatre presents work dealing with dementia and collaborating with those living affected by the condition. Theatre Re’s physical piece premiered at The Edinburgh International Arts Festival last year and is now on tour. It is an extraordinary, high-energy ...

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Don Giovanni – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte Director: Alessandro Talevi Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Completing the bill of the Fatal Passions season this winter is Mozart’s Don Giovanni.  It is one of Mozart’s most popular operas, and the audience has the opportunity to re-evaluate the title character, Don Giovanni. He is particularly relevent today, especially with what has come to light recently via ...

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Still Alice – The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Based on the novel by: Lisa Genova Adapter: Christine Mary Dunford Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Jay Nuttall One of the most intriguing and appealing things about theatre and live performance is its ephemeral quality - its transient, short-term nature that is here one minute, and gone the next. So it is no accident that Lisa Genova's best selling novel Still ...

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Birdsong – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff (adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks) Directors: Alastair Whatley and Charlotte Peters Designer: Victoria Spearing Lighting: Alex Wardle Sound: Dominic Bilkey Reviewer: Janet Jepson Any mention of the First World War, otherwise known as the Great War, evokes in most people a sense of waste. All those young, often underage, innocent lives lost needlessly; swathes of ...

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Phoenix Dance Theatre Windrush (Movement of the people) – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Music: Various artists Directors: Sharon Watson, Aletta Collins, Christopher Bruce CBE Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Phoenix Dance Theatre opens this season with a mixed programme and features the world premiere of Windrush: Movement of the People.  This season is special as the company takes the opportunity to recognise the multicultural society of this country and also celebrate black British culture. The ...

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Un ballo in maschera – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Antonio Somma Director: Tim Albery Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball) is Opera North’s first ever staging of this opera, forming part of the Fatal Passions season this winter.  Verdi’s opera is not as well known compared to his other works such as Aida, La Traviata and Rigoletto, however, it gives the ...

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