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Shrek the Musical – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Jim Gillespie The tone for the latest touring production of Shrek the Musical was set by the Front of House announcement as the house lights dimmed. Should we fail to switch off our mobile phones, we were warned, Shrek would come down from the stage and fart on ...

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Tosca – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director / Revival Director: Michael Blakemore / Benjamin Davis Music: Giacomo Puccini Text: Giuseppe Giacosa / Luigi Illica Reviewer: Helen Tope Lust, greed, violence and corruption. As a mission statement, Tosca certainly meets every one of its objectives; the 1900 classic retains an edge a century on. With librettists Giacosa and Illica (the dream team behind La Boheme and Madame Butterfly), Puccini has crafted an opera ...

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Love Me Now – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer: Michelle Barnette Director: Jamie Armitage Reviewer: Stephen Bates When the woman at the centre of Michelle Barnette’s play asks her new casual sex partner what their relationship can be, he replies: “it can be anything you want it to be”. She (known simply as “B”), the modern, liberated woman, is in control, but using what freedom that she has ...

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Winter Solstice – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Roland Schimmelpfennig Translator: David Tushingham Director: Alice Malin Designer: Lizzie Clachan Reviewer: Ron Simpson Roland Schimmelpfennig is apparently one of Germany’s most performed playwrights at the moment, which says a fair bit for the discrimination of the German theatre-going public. Even if it is never easy to assess how a translation might differ from the original, David Tushingham’s version ...

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The York Realist – Crucible, Sheffield

Writer: Peter Gill Director: Robert Hastie Reviewer: Sheila Stratford This warm yet poignant play is full of ambiguities. Peter Gill’s The York Realist explores the love story between a young theatre director up from London to assist in the staging of the York Mystery Plays, and a Yorkshire agriculture worker. This one-set play takes the audience back to a rural ...

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The Damned United – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Anders Lustgarten Director: Rod Dixon Reviewer: Jay Nuttall I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one. Just one of many quotes from the bullish, brash and brazen football manager Brian Clough. The Damned United charts the turbulent 44 days he found himself in charge of high flying Leeds United ...

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Teletubbies Live – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Reviewer: Laura Stimpson Since 1997 the Teletubbies have been delighting pre-schoolers on television screens across the world, so it’s quite unbelievable that it’s taken 20 years to produce their first live show.  Dubbed as ‘my first theatre show’ the theatre was indeed packed with children visiting the theatre for the very first time, from babes in arms to pre-schoolers. The ...

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49 Donkeys Hanged – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer:  Carl Grose Director: Simon Stokes Reviewer: Joan Phillips It would be interesting to get a neurological survey conducted on Carl Grose’s brain. It might help explain how he came to write the funny, thoughtful and brilliantly original play which is 49 Donkeys Hanged. Inspired by spotting a roadside news headline ’49 Donkeys Hanged’ when he was touring South Africa in 1999, ...

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