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Mamma Mia! – Lyceum, Sheffield

Director: Phyllida Lloyd Resident Director: Nikki Davis Jones Musical Director: Richard Weeden Production Designer: Mark Thompson Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Mamma Mia! is fast approaching its twentieth birthday but that doesn't seem to be slowing them down. The success has endured since 1999 and continues to draw audiences in for their first time or their tenth. With a successful film adaptation ...

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Frost/Nixon – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Peter Morgan Director: Kate Hewitt Designer: Ben Stones Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Frost/Nixon is a colossal undertaking of a play. Even the title holds nothing back and straight away reveals to the audience what to expect. A fictionalised account of the infamous showdown between David Frost and Richard Nixon which was televised in 1977 and effectively brought about the end ...

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Brighton Rock – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Graham Greene Adapter: Bryony Lavery Director: Esther Richardson Composer: Hannah Peel Designer: Sara Perks Lighting: Aideen Malone Reviewer: Ron Simpson Brighton Rock presents many problems to the maker of a stage adaptation. Apart from a considerable roster of characters named and unnamed, its emphasis on violence, often for its own sake, and Greene’s use of Catholic theology and the ...

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Hard Times – Viaduct Theatre, Halifax

Writer: Charles Dickens Adapter: Deborah McAndrew Director/Composer: Conrad Nelson Designer: Dawn Allsopp Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Reviewer: Ron Simpson Northern Broadsides’ return to the Viaduct Theatre for the first time since the departure of Barrie Rutter, finds the company absolutely at the top of its game. Deborah McAndrew’s adaptation of Dickens’ Hard Times is as theatrically expansive as Conrad Nelson’s ...

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The Opera North String Quartet – Jubilee Hall, Wakefield

Reviewer: Ron Simpson For over 50 years, via a name change and several shifts of venue, Wakefield Concert Society has brought a regular programme of quality chamber music to the city. Now well settled in Wakefield Girls’ High School’s Jubilee Hall, the society programmes six concerts a year, mainstream enough to keep up attendances, but enterprisingly varied, with a few ...

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It’s a Wonderful Life – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Mary Elliott Nelson Director: Jake Smith Designer: Ed Ullyart Reviewer: Ron Simpson East Riding Theatre’s ambition and achievement continue to surprise and impress. A converted church with fewer than 200 capacity and a small stage with no wing space, reliant for its operations on an army of volunteers to supplement the small professional team, it continues to mount productions ...

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The Wizard of Oz – The Crucible, Sheffield

Director: Robert Hastie Choreographer: Ewan Jones Written by: L. Frank Baum Music & Lyrics: Harold Arlen Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Sheffield Theatres festive offering this year is the iconic The Wizard of Oz. This brand new production gives L. Frank Baum’s classic book a makeover, potentially appealing to a legion of new fans in the wake of Wicked, the record-breaking musical based on ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Andrew Pollard Director: Joyce Branagh Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Choreographer: Rachel Gee Designer: Mark Walters Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Lawrence Batley Theatre’s Jack and the Beanstalk is billed as “a traditional family pantomime” which is fair enough. Audiences in the middle-sized theatres in this area – Wakefield, Harrogate, Huddersfield, etc. – know that they are in safe hands come ...

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