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Opera North: Così Fan Tutte – Grand Theatre, Leeds

The cast of Opera North in Cosi Fan Tutte

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte Director: Tim Albery Conductor: Jac van Steen Reviewer: Rich Jevons Così Fan Tutte is translated into the rather misogynistic ‘Thus Do All Women’ or more contemporarily, ‘Women – They’re All Like For That’. But really, Mozart’s masterpiece is more accurately translated as ‘The School for Lovers’, as both men and women alike ...

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King Charles III – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Robert Powell as King Charles III

Writer: Mike Bartlett Director: Rupert Goold Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Mike Bartlett is making steady progress from enfant terrible to a doyen of British Theatre. Early works bore provocative titles and dealt with extreme situations. Often, a concept or idea was taken to the extreme to highlight it from the point of absurdity; not always for comic effect. While more recent ...

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Politically Incorrect, The Songs of Tom Lehrer – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

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Performer: Peter Gill Reviewer: Ron Simpson Master-satirist Tom Lehrer is, in the opinion of the incomparable Randy Newman, as good a lyricist as any in the second half of the 20th Century, but there is a problem with performing his work. His songs, many of them very short, don’t lend themselves to extended improvisation or complicated arrangements or anything much ...

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Henry V – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Poster Image of Henry V at Theatre Royal Wakefield

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Scott Ellis Designer: Florence Hazard Lighting: Christopher Nairne Reviewer: Ron Simpson Merely Theatre’s approach to Shakespeare is highly inventive, imaginative and very fast. The company’s publicity describes its stripped back productions as having “no gauche sets, frilly collars or fussy props”. True, but on the evidence of Henry V, they do have quite a lot of ...

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The Pitmen Poets – CAST, Doncaster

Pitmen Poets Poster Image

Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Pitmen Poets featured four veterans of the North East music scene, Billy Mitchell, Bob Fox, Benny Graham and Jez Lowe. All belong to the first generation of their families not to work as miners and all within the generic folk tradition, but very different in vocal style, though blending perfectly when required. The concert was divided ...

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United We Stand – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Neil Gore Director: Louise Townsend Music: John Kirkpatrick Designer: Amy Yardley Reviewer: Ron Simpson Townsend Productions’ robustly imaginative brand of agitprop always combines a serious left-wing message with irreverent satire and an infectious sense of fun. United We Stand, now playing its last few dates following 2015’s extended tour, is part of the ongoing campaign on behalf of the ...

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Andrea Cheniér – The Grand, Leeds

The cast of Opera North's Andrea Chenier

Music: Umberto Giodarno Libretto: Luigi Illica Director: Annabel Arden Conductor: Oliver von Dohnányl Reviewer: Rich Jevons The action, set in revolutionary France, starts at the Château de Coigny where we find servant Gerard secretly in love with the lady of the house, Madeleine. We are introduced to the guests as they enter, including an Abbé who reports with news back ...

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Side Effects – Riley Theatre, Leeds

Choreographer: Anton Lachky Reviewer: Peter Gray As an eclectic piece of dance-drama, Side Effects succeeds in crossing certain boundaries of expectation. At times repulsive and yet comic, powerfully fragmented motifs of movement are punctuated with brutal extremes of physicality reminiscent of an Artaud-inspired performance. In an explosive mix of the emotional, and sometimes contradictory meanderings of the female protagonist’s mind, ...

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