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Richard III – Hull Truck Theatre

three men, one woman, King Richard III

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Barrie Rutter Designer: Neil Murray Musical Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Ron Simpson The staging of Richard III at Hull Truck resonates in several ways. It is produced in association with Hulls Year of Culture and Northern Broadsides as a Shakespearean contribution to Hull 2017 and a celebration of Broadsides’ 25th anniversary. Founded by one of Hull’s ...

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Cyrano – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer​: Edmond Rostand Adapter​: Deborah McAndrew Director and Composer​: Conrad Nelson Reviewer​: Ron Simpson In an interview on the Northern Broadsides website Deborah McAndrew makes the point that, though Cyrano de Bergerac, to give it its original full title, is set in 1640, it is very much a product of the late 19th Century. That could hardly be truer. In ...

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Cyrano – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Writer: Edmond Rostand Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall Both heart-warming and heart-breaking in equal measure, this adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac is a poetic delight. Taking a classic and reimagining it into a culturally relevant piece of art is no mean feat, yet Northern Broadsides consistently achieve this through their adaptations. Cyrano is ...

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When We Are Married – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: J.B.Priestley Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin Northern Broadsides really live up to the sound of their name with this full-blooded offering of J.B. Priestley’s classic play set in the region. His cleverly crafted comic script effortlessly allows the characters to present their foibles, and their good points, as they face a dilemma which could so easily puncture their ...

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When We Are Married – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Writer: J.B Priestley Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Carol Lovatt J B Priestley’s When We Are Married is a comic masterpiece and a wry observation on the joys and perils of that great institution, marriage.  Most famed for the classic An Inspector Calls, Priestly proved in his time that he was a maestro of wide ability in his capacity to dramatise ...

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When We Are Married – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: J B Priestley Music: Conrad Nelson Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Janet Jepson Playwright J B Priestley was born in 1894 in Bradford, and although he left the city to go to war at the age of 19, he never forgot his native roots, drawing much of the social aspects and moral ideas of his plays from the West Riding ...

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When We Are Married – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: JB Priestley Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Paul Couch The pre-war world of JB Priestley was a very different place to what we know today. After the Depression and before the turmoil of war in Europe, England was pretty much a land of idyll for everyone but the poorest of its populace. This near-octogenarian play has aged reasonably well. True, ...

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Northern Broadsides: When We Are Married – York Theatre Royal

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Writer: J.B. Priestley Director: Barrie Rutter Designer: Jessica Worrall Reviewer: Ron Simpson Nearly a quarter of a century ago Northern Broadsides was founded on the premise of doing classical theatre, mostly, but not solely, Shakespeare, with a Northern voice and taking it to non-theatrical venues. The company is still doing that, but the scope has steadily enlarged to take in ...

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