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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat – WMC, Cardiff

Music:  Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice Director: Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat the musical returns to the stage con brio, with a plethora of well-known musical numbers, refreshed and rejuvenated with all its original pizzazz still in place.  The Biblical story of Joseph, betrayed by his jealous brothers and sold into slavery in ...

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18-month Residency placements announced for 2019

The Leeds Playhouse and Tobacco Factory Theatre in Bristol have announced recipients of the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) 18-Month Residency, placements they are hosting for the first time. The scheme seeks out the most talented theatre directors at the early stage of their careers and helps develop their skills and experience by placing them in theatres outside London. ...

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All’s Well that Ends Well – Friargate Theatre, York

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Paul Burbridge Designers: Sean Cavanagh, Anna Gooch Music/Sound: Patrick Burbridge Reviewer: Ron Simpson York certainly does Shakespeare proud, with the return of the Shakespeare’s Rose season at the end of June preceded by the York International Shakespeare Festival from May 9 to 19. There are a whole series of short-run productions/performances at the new pop-up space, ...

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Shooting Rabbits – The Sherman, Cardiff

Writer & Director: Chelsea Gillard & Jac Ifan Moore Production company: PowderHouse Reviewer: Beth Steer Set around an ‘impassioned young man’ who leaves his home in rural Wales in the middle of the night to head to Spain and fight for his beliefs, Shooting Rabbits blends a mix of Welsh, English, Spanish and Basque to illustrate the narrative. In the ...

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A Day in the Life – Morley Town Hall

Composer/Project Lead: Kevin Malone Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Conductor: Robert Guy Soloist: Andy Long (violin) Reviewer: Ron Simpson A Day in the Life is described as a “project” rather than just a concert or a composition and, with Kevin Malone’s spoken introductions having hints as to the best way to listen to the pieces, the whole operation has a ...

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Opera North | Aida – Leeds Town Hall

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Antonio Ghislanzoni Conductor: Sir Richard Armstrong Director: Annabel Arden Reviewer: Ron Simpson At 227 in the Classic FM Hall of Fame is Aida, followed by (in brackets) “includes Grand March and Celeste Aida”. That sums up the problem with the opera: its general popularity rests on the first two of four acts and, also, to an ...

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Beryl – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Maxine Peake Director: Marieke Audsley Lighting/Video: Simon Bedwell Set Designer: Ed Ullyart Reviewer: Ron Simpson It’s good to see the ever-enterprising East Riding Theatre reviving Maxine Peake’s ingenious and heartfelt play about Beryl Burton comparatively soon after its Leeds premiere and subsequent tour. The initial premise of the play is that nobody has heard of Beryl Burton despite her ...

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Annie – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Who doesn’t need the optimism of plucky orphan Annie in a doubtful political climate? Whilst the show can be transported to other eras (such as the recent film adaptation), its spirit and many of its references – the play on name of Warbucks (war profiteering), ...

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