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Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Richard Hurford Music/Lyrics: Rob Castell Directors: Suzann McLean, Damian Cruden Designer: Jane Linz Roberts Reviewer: Ron Simpson Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny takes its time deciding whether it wants to be a humorously feminist take on the Robin Hood story (with a message among the songs and the daft gags) or simply a summer pantomime. After a first ...

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Ice Cream: The Opera – Centenary Square, Bradford

Writer: Ian McMillan Director: Tom Wright Composer: Russell Sarre Music Director: Ben Crick Designer: Ryan Dawson-Laight Reviewer: Ron Simpson  Ice Cream: The Opera proved to be as unusual a musical/dramatic event as you could see in a year of festivals, but at the same time surprisingly and effectively mainstream in many ways. It’s rather sad that no performances are planned ...

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A Night at the Opera – Millennium Square, Leeds

Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Conductors: Jessica Cottis/James Holmes Soloists: Jeni Bern (soprano)/Quirijn de Lang (baritone) Reviewer: Ron Simpson A Night at the Opera, the second event of the three-night Opera North in the City Festival, showed once again the canniness of the company’s programming. The evening was not perfect: the orchestral sound conjured up for the outdoor performance was ...

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Taking Steps – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Alan Ayckbourn Designer: Kevin Jenkins Lighting: Jason Taylor Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Stephen Joseph Theatre makes this production something of a hostage to fortune by prominently displaying Robin Herford’s assessment of Taking Steps as the funniest play in the English language. Alan Ayckbourn’s new production of his 1979 farce doesn’t quite live up to that which ...

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Sounds of Palestine – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Performers: Mohamed Najem & Friends Performers: Nai Barghouti and band Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Howard Assembly Room continues to punch above its size in its programming, with this inspiring concert, billed rather less accurately as Palestine Jazz in the printed programme, the latest to impress. Sounds of Palestine proved inspiring for two reasons: the quality of the music, of course, ...

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Jungle Book – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Poppy Burton-Morgan Music & Lyrics: Filipe Gomes Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Choreographer: Kendra J Horsburgh Reviewer: Sophie Dodworth For the majority of people, thinking of the Jungle Book brings back memories of an orphaned human boy on a journey of self-discovery, raised by a group of animals, singing I Wan’na Be Like You. This is not, however, what you'll find here. Poppy ...

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On Behalf of the People – National Coal Mining Museum for England, Wakefield

Writer: Ray Castleton Director: Charlie Kenber Designer: Carl Davies Reviewer: Ron Simpson On Behalf of the People was commissioned from The Melting Shop by the National Coal Mining Museum as part of its commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the nationalisation of the mining industry. Ray Castleton claims that it’s about the people, not the politics, but in fact, it’s ...

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