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Winter Solstice – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Roland Schimmelpfennig Translator: David Tushingham Director: Alice Malin Designer: Lizzie Clachan Reviewer: Ron Simpson Roland Schimmelpfennig is apparently one of Germany’s most performed playwrights at the moment, which says a fair bit for the discrimination of the German theatre-going public. Even if it is never easy to assess how a translation might differ from the original, David Tushingham’s version ...

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Teletubbies Live – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Reviewer: Laura Stimpson Since 1997 the Teletubbies have been delighting pre-schoolers on television screens across the world, so it’s quite unbelievable that it’s taken 20 years to produce their first live show.  Dubbed as ‘my first theatre show’ the theatre was indeed packed with children visiting the theatre for the very first time, from babes in arms to pre-schoolers. The ...

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Richard Galliano/Sylvain Luc – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Reviewer: Ron Simpson Opera North’s programme in the Howard Assembly Room is nothing if not varied. After last week’s venture into American Gothic with the Handsome Family – The Reviews Hub’s review sadly aborted because of the foul weather – the following Saturday focussed on the deliciously melodic world of the French chanson with accordion player Richard Galliano and guitarist ...

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Turn of the Screw – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Henry James Adaptor: Tim Luscombe Director: Daniel Buckroyd Designer: Sara Perks Reviewer: Ron Simpson Henry James’ novella, The Turn of the Screw, is far from a conventional ghost story. In the 120 years since its publication, it has spawned countless chilling versions, from film to opera, but equally has set a platoon of academics advancing theories about the nature ...

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Madama Butterfly – Bradford Alhambra

Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica Music: Giacomo Puccini Director: Ellen Kent Reviewer: Ray Taylor At its first performance in Milan in 1904, Madama Butterfly was a fiasco with the audience laughing and hissing. Now it is firmly established on the operatic repertoire and is loved by millions the world over for its wonderful heartfelt melodies and its tragic romantic ...

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George’s Marvellous Medicine – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Roald Dahl Adaptor: David Wood Director: Julia Thomas Music: Tasha Taylor-Johnson Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Following the success of previous Roald Dahl adaptations for the stage, Curve and Rose Theatre have joined forces once again with another fine collaboration worthy of Dahl’s classic creations. This production of George’s Marvellous Medicine marks David Wood’s eighth Dahl adaptation but his proliferation is ...

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Good People – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire Director: Adrian Rawlins Set Design: Ed Ullyart Lighting: Simon Bedwell Reviewer: Ron Simpson   In the publicity for East Riding Theatre’s production of Good People the strapline, “A comedy with an edge”, is used. Well, yes, up to a point. David Lindsay-Abaire certainly has a gift for verbal and character comedy that slides in on-demand – a gift ...

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The Nature of Forgetting – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Devised by: Theatre Re Conceived and Directed by: Guillaume Pige Reviewer: Jay Nuttall The West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Every Third Minute festival continues as the theatre presents work dealing with dementia and collaborating with those living affected by the condition. Theatre Re’s physical piece premiered at The Edinburgh International Arts Festival last year and is now on tour. It is an extraordinary, high-energy ...

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