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The Play That Goes Wrong – The Grand, Leeds

Writers:  Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Set Designer: Nigel Hook Reviewer: Rob Atkinson This play has a starkly self-explanatory title, but it’s one that rather pushes the boundaries of understatement. To say that the play goes wrong is rather like stating that RMS Titanic had slight buoyancy problems – it’s a phrase that comes nowhere near ...

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Shore to Shore – Oriental City Restaurant, Leeds

Writers: Mary Cooper and MW Sun Music: Angela Chan Director: David K S Tse Reviewer: Sue Collier On the Wire presents a unique theatrical experience within a restaurant setting. This play is the result of interviews with a range of Chinese people from the Leeds and West Yorkshire region. It examines issues of identity, gender, human trafficking, domestic violence, racism ...

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Brad Mehldau Trio – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Three men and a tree

Reviewer: Ron Simpson Opera North's programme at the Howard Assembly Room continues to offer high-quality performances in jazz no less than in chamber music, vocal recitals and world music. The concert by the Brad Mehldau Trio was highly impressive, gathering momentum as the evening progressed, but not quite what was promised. As often these days, the concert was billed as ...

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Spring Reign – Studio Theatre, Harrogate

Arabic man next to wreckage of tank

Writer: Rob Johnston Producer/Director: Benedict Power Composer/Musician: Chris Davies Designer: Meriel Pym Reviewer: Ron Simpson Benedict Power’s concept is a bold one, with great artistic potential to go with an important moral and political message – and all in support of a relief effort desperately in need. He unites a fictional story of domestic life in the war-torn city of ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Triple Bill – Theatre Royal, York

Oriental ballet dancer

Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan/Hans van Manen/John Cranko Design: Desmond Heeley/Jean-Paul Vroom/Osbert Lancaster Reviewer: Ron Simpson Birmingham Royal Ballet is currently touring two different triple bills on short “North” and “South” tours. Audiences in Cornwall have two new ballets on the bill, but nothing in the North programme is later than 1977 and two of the ballets are classic one-acters from the ...

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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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In at the Deep End – Square Chapel, Halifax

Lifeboat speeding through waves

Writer: Laurence Peacock Director: Stefan Escreet Composer/Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Designer: Kate Morton Reviewer: Ron Simpson More often encountered in such settings as allotments and fish restaurants, it was slightly unusual to see Mikron in action in a raked auditorium with stage lighting. The company’s tour of In at the Deep End will be officially launched at Scarborough Lifeboat Station ...

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Swansea City Opera: Lakme – Harrogate Theatre

Painting of Asian woman

Composer: Leo Delibes Director/Set Designer: Brendan Wheatley Conductor: John Beswick Costume Designer: Gabriella Ingram Reviewer: Ron Simpson Leo Delibes’ 1883 opera Lakme soon took its place in the standard repertoire. However, recent decades have been less welcoming to it. Its problem is that it belongs to two genres that are not especially in favour these days. One of a series ...

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