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Birdsong – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Sebastian Faulks Adapation: Rachel Wagstaff                       Directors: Alistair Whatley/Charlotte Peters Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Birdsong first opened in London’s West End in 2010 to much acclaim and subsequently, went on a UK tour from 2013-15.  Birdsong is currently embarking on another tour during 2018 and is stopping at many venues including York’s Theatre Royal. Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong (1993) is adapted for ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Theatre Royal, York

Writers: Berwick Kaler Music: Elliot Styche Director: Damian Cruden and Berwick Kaler Choreographer: Grace Harrington Reviewer: Sophie Dodworth Britain’s longest-serving pantomime dame Berwick Kaler is back once again to entertain the eager Christmas crowd gathered at the York Theatre Royal. Over the decades, the actor has created a seasonal institution and one that is part of many families annual Christmas ...

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Rattle Snake – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Catrina McHugh Director: Charlotte Bennett Set Designer: Anna Reid Reviewer: Ron Simpson Rattle Snake succeeds admirably in its intention of revealing the truth about coercive control in domestic abuse, though at less than an hour it is an undeveloped, if highly involving, piece of theatre. Open Clasp’s production began life at Newcastle’s Live Theatre, but it is based on a ...

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Ugly Duckling – York Theatre Royal

Writer: Emma Reeves Director: Wendy Harris Designer: Catherine Chapman Composer: Tayo Akinbode Movement: Holly Irving Reviewer: Ron Simpson Ten minutes before the start a young man in nondescript grey sits strumming his ukulele while the birds sing and a more colourful chap buzzes a dragonfly around the trees and plants of the attractively improvised-looking set. After a while the first ...

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When We Are Married – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: J B Priestley Music: Conrad Nelson Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Janet Jepson Playwright J B Priestley was born in 1894 in Bradford, and although he left the city to go to war at the age of 19, he never forgot his native roots, drawing much of the social aspects and moral ideas of his plays from the West Riding ...

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Underneath a Magical Moon – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Mike Kenny Director: Wendy Harris Designer: Kate Bunce Music: Ivan Stott Reviewer: Louise Jones Mike Kenny’s rewritten Peter Pan tale is in safe hands with Tutti Frutti’s strong sense of adventure and wonder, introducing the boy who never grew up to a new generation. Seeking to modernise the tale, Kenny frames the story within Wendy’s narrative, allowing her to ...

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When We Are Married – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: JB Priestley Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Paul Couch The pre-war world of JB Priestley was a very different place to what we know today. After the Depression and before the turmoil of war in Europe, England was pretty much a land of idyll for everyone but the poorest of its populace. This near-octogenarian play has aged reasonably well. True, ...

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Northern Broadsides: When We Are Married – York Theatre Royal

Northern Broadsides

Writer: J.B. Priestley Director: Barrie Rutter Designer: Jessica Worrall Reviewer: Ron Simpson Nearly a quarter of a century ago Northern Broadsides was founded on the premise of doing classical theatre, mostly, but not solely, Shakespeare, with a Northern voice and taking it to non-theatrical venues. The company is still doing that, but the scope has steadily enlarged to take in ...

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