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NEWS: West Yorkshire Playhouse awarded £25k to support refugee and asylum seekers

In January 2014, the West Yorkshire Playhouse became the UK’s first Theatre of Sanctuary, part of the larger Sanctuary Awards initiative launched by Leeds-based charity, the City of Sanctuary movement. Now, the theatre has been awarded £25,000 by the Asda Foundation, to support refugee and asylum seekers. Among other things, the grant will enable the theatre to develop creative writing ...

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Contained – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Collaborators/Directors: Alan Lyddiard, Denis Darzacq Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Mind The Gap Studios are known for their true stories from the heart, and this is certainly evident in this unique production of Contained.   The production features nine performers with learning disabilities and the show is in joint collaboration from Alan Lyddiard (Anniversary) and award-winning French Photographer and filmmaker, Denis Darzacq. The ...

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Romeo and Juliet – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Amy Leach Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Amy Leach has adapted Shakespeare’s tragedy with a very modern take, linking with current affairs so that every member of the audience can relate to this production. This production is contemporary and radical, supported by Hayley Grindle’s urban staging with contrast lighting by Joshua Carr.  The production’s aim is to link to ...

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Pygmalion – Playhouse, Liverpool

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Sam Pritchard Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Shaw’s iconic play about the role language and speech plays within the spheres of the social classes has been re-wired and re-vamped for this 2017 production by Headlong and their associated partners. Many readers will be familiar with the play, either because they know the musical My Fair Lady which ...

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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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Babe the Sheep-Pig – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Stage Adaptation: David Wood Based on the book by Dick King-Smith Director: Michael Fentiman Designer: Madeleine Girling Puppet Director: Matthew Forbes Composer: Barnaby Race Reviewer: Rob Atkinson Stage adaptations of popular books that have already been big screen hits can be a tricky business, particularly when, as in the case of Babe the Sheep-Pig, most of the principal characters are ...

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The Witches – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Roald Dahl Adaptor: David Wood Director: Nikolai Foster Music: Dougal Irvine Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Marking what would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday this year, this latest production of The Witches proves Dahl’s writing has as much relevance and holds just as much mass appeal with modern audiences as when his work was first published. Produced in association with ...

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Strictly Ballroom The Musical – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Sam Lips and Gemma Sutton in Strictly Ballroom at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Writer: Baz Luhrmann &Craig Pearce Music:  Various Director  &Choreographer: Drew McOnie Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Following a successful Australian run, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical is making its UK Première at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.  First produced as a stage play in 1984, it was reimagined for film in 1992, with original Director and Co-Writer Luhrmann also directing. This proved ...

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