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Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill – City Varieties, Leeds

Devised by: Gene Lerner Director: Giles Havergal Musical Director: Martin Pickard Reviewer: Ron Simpson Leeds is not short of quality theatre and it’s good to see the level of co-operation between three of the city’s finest. Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill is a co-production by Opera North and West Yorkshire Playhouse, staged in the City Varieties, a perfect venue ...

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Three Sisters – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Words, music and performance by RashDash (after Chekhov) Reviewer: Julia Beasley It’s Chekhov, but not as you know it. Actually, it’s not Chekhov at all. Or perhaps it’s Chekhov torn into bits, mashed up, smeared thinly over a feminist diatribe against patriarchy, and then set to live music and dance. RashDash imagines the original three Russian sisters Olga, Masha and ...

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – The Crucible, Sheffield

Writer: Dale Wasserman Music: Lewis Gibson Director: Javaad Alipoor Choreographer: Deb Pugh Reviewer: Sophie Dodworth One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was first published in 1962 by Ken Kesey, adapted for the stage one year after by Dale Wasserman. The brilliant dramatisation took Broadway by storm and now this thought-provoking drama lands in Sheffield for a Sheffield Theatres production. Set ...

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Peppa Pig’s Adventure – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Reviewer: Laura Stimpson To the delight of many pre-schoolers Peppa Pig arrived in Leeds today with her latest theatre offering, Peppa Pig’s Adventure.  Based on the animated children’s TV series produced and directed by Astley Baker Davies, the latest theatrical adventure follows Peppa and her friends; Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep, Gerald Giraffe, and Daisy as they go on a camping ...

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Beautiful: The Carol King Musical – Leeds Grand

Book writer: Douglas McGrath Lyrics and Music: Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Man, Cynthia Weil Director: Marc Bruni Choreographer: Josh Prince Reviewer: Laura Stimpson Beautiful - The Carole King Musical is a biographical jukebox musical about the life and songs of American singer-songwriter Carole King.  You might not think you know many of King’s songs, but believe me, you do, ...

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Mydidae – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Jack Thorne Director: Simon Reeves Reviewer: Beth Steer Following Marian and David, a couple in their thirties, as they spend an inordinate amount of time in their bathroom over the course of a single day, Jack Thorne’s Mydidae has the potential to awkwardly, and massively, miss the mark. But, the excellent writing, brilliant direction, clever set, and flawless acting come together ...

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Monogamy – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Alastair Whatley Designer: James Perkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson Monogamy is far from a wasted evening in the theatre – there are too many good lines and dramatic situations for that, plus three fine performances – but it is a disappointment for those who anticipated more solid and consistently entertaining fare, given the strength of the casting ...

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MAYFEST: Velvet Petal – Trinity Fyfe Hall, Bristol

Choreographer: Fleur Darkin Musical Arrangement: Torben Lars Sylvest Reviewer: Leah TozerFleur Darkin’s Velvet Petal for Scottish Dance Theatre is an androgynous, drug-fuelled-feeling orgy of dance and adolescence. Performed at the intimate Trinity Fyfe Hall as part of Mayfest, it’s a theatrical thrill of electronica, witty choreography, and fine performances that loses its way a little in its own chaos. Influenced by the provocative photography of Robert ...

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