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Reflections – Town Hall, Huddersfield

Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Conductor: Dalia Stasevska Soloist: Ana Maria Labin (soprano) Reviewer: Ron Simpson For the final concert in the Kirklees 2018-2019 season, the Orchestra of Opera North presented a programme under the title “Reflections”. Given that it started with Lutoslawski’s Musique funebre, continued with Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs of which the final line translates as “Is ...

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Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Adapted by: Nick Lane Director: Nick Lane Composer: Tristan Parkes Designers: Victoria Spearing (set), Naomi Gibbs (costume) Reviewer: Ron Simpson Nick Lane’s reputation as an adaptor of classic novels and novellas is secure in Yorkshire, with his excellent work for Hull Truck and the Stephen Joseph in particular, and his production of Sherlock Holmes: The ...

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Noughts & Crosses – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Malorie Blackman Adapted by: Sabrina Mahfouz Director: Esther Richardson Designer: Simon Kenny Reviewer: Ron Simpson York-based Pilot Theatre now co-produce with four major theatres, including York Theatre Royal, and the current tour of Pilot’s vibrant production of Noughts & Crosses will have played a week or more at no fewer than ten theatres between February and May. Sabrina Mahfouz’s ...

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Calendar Girls the Musical – Sheffield Lyceum

Writers, music & lyrics: Gary Barlow and Tim Firth Director: Matt Ryan Movement: Lucy Hind Reviewer: Janet Jepson The Women’s Institute was set up in 1915 to bring together women from all walks of life, an organisation that claims to be based on the ideals of fellowship, truth, tolerance and justice. No mention of stripping off and posing naked with ...

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The Mirror Crack’d – New Theatre, Cardiff

Novel by Agatha Christie Adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff Director: Melly Still Reviewer: Barbara Michaels The name Agatha Christie is synonymous with thrillers that hold their appeal through the years – think The Mousetrap now entering its 67th record-breaking year on stage and still going strong.  But a first-ever stage adaptation of one of Christie’s mystery novels is ...

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The Bodyguard – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Lawrence Kasdan Musical Director: Michael Riley Vocal Arrangements: Mike Dixon Director: Thea Sharrock Reviewer: Francesca Parker The 90s classic film, starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Huston, was a box-office smash hit and the second-highest grossing film of 1992. In the public’s opinion, it was a total showstopper, and its soundtrack continues to prove incredibly popular today. Despite this, it ...

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Annie – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Thomas Meeham Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nicolai Foster Reviewer: Francesca Parker The classic rags-to-riches story has once again been brought to life on stage. Despite being set in New York at the time of the Great Depression, Annie is the anything but downbeat. The heart-warming tale of a young orphan whose life changed irrevocably after a chance encounter, ...

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Rough Crossing – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Rough Crossing is freely adapted from Ferenc Molnar’s The Play at The Castle, previously adapted by PG Wodehouse. However, Stoppard’s take is somewhat closer to that of Noël Coward. Set on a cruise liner in the thirties, playwright Turai (John Partridge) is working on his new play, but is forced to ...

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