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The Wizard of Oz – The Crucible, Sheffield

Director: Robert Hastie Choreographer: Ewan Jones Written by: L. Frank Baum Music & Lyrics: Harold Arlen Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Sheffield Theatres festive offering this year is the iconic The Wizard of Oz. This brand new production gives L. Frank Baum’s classic book a makeover, potentially appealing to a legion of new fans in the wake of Wicked, the record-breaking musical based on ...

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Mother Goose – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer/Director: Paul Hendy Musical Director: Nathan Jarvis Choreographer: Sarah Langley Reviewer: Janet Jepson Everybody kind of dreams of adopting the goose that lays golden eggs and the hapless Mother Goose is no exception. When seven feet of adorable picture-book perfect “Eggle” (don’t ask, just blame Marshall on the front row) comes into her life, she imagines that all her hopes ...

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Desire Under the Elms – Crucible, Sheffield

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director: Sam Yates Designer: Chiara Stephenson Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Desire Under the Elms is a powerful and moving play. The highly acclaimed American playwright Eugene O’Neill wrote this play in 1924. He was strongly influenced by Greek tragedy which impacted on his work. During his lifetime, he won four Pulitzer prizes and the Nobel prize for literature. ...

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Of Kith and Kin – Crucible Studio, Sheffield

Writer: Chris Thompson Director: Robert Hastie Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Of Kith and Kin is a dark comedy, that as the director Robert Hastie says, "captures a specific moment in the evolution of gay rights". Daniel (James Lance) and Oliver (Joshua Silver) are married and eagerly expecting their first child with their best friend, Priya (Chetna Pandya), acting as a surrogate. ...

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Tribes – The Crucible, Sheffield

Writer: Nina Raine Director: Kate Hewitt Reviewer: Jim Gillespie The regional premiere of Nina Raine’s 2010 play explores relationships from the perspective of Billy, born deaf into a hearing family. More accurately they are very much a talking family: bantering, arguing, debating, insulting one another, using sarcasm to mock one another, belligerent and boisterous. Deaf from birth, Billy uses hearing ...

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The Who’s Tommy – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Man standing on pinball machine as others dance around him

Director: Kerry Michael Music & Lyrics: Pete Townsend Musical Director: Robert Hyman Reviewer: Jim Gillespie When Pete Townsend first created the “deaf, dumb and blind” hero, Tommy, he probably intended his disabilities to be symbolic. In the hands of New Wolsey Theatre and Ramps on the Moon, they are far more than this, as a cast and creative team which ...

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Julius Caesar – The Crucible, Sheffield

Image by Johan Persson

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Robert Hastie Reviewer: Janet Jepson Even for those who were unaware of the fate that befalls Julius Caesar, this production of Shakespeare’s well-known political drama was from the outset not going to be a jolly little jaunt. As the guy in the dark suit stood in front of the large polished table and opened a sombre ...

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Shirley Valentine – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Janet Jepson It is a tribute to the writer Willy Russell that the phrase “doing a Shirley Valentine” has captivated the imagination of almost every middle-aged woman on the planet. Who doesn’t dream of escaping the drudgery of everyday life with a long-term husband who barely notices you’re there, and grown-up kids who ...

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