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Hello and Goodbye – York Theatre Royal

Writer: Athol Fugard Director: John R, Wilkinson Designer: Laura Ann Price Reviewer: Ron Simpson Hello and Goodbye, a York Theatre Royal production in the Studio Theatre, is revelatory in more than one way. For one thing, it presents the world of poor whites in South Africa in the apartheid era, though even they recognise that the blacks get it even ...

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Mary Queen of Scots – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Composer: Gaetano Donizetti Libretto: Robin Norton-Hale (after Bardari) Musical Director: Paul McKenzie Director: Robin Norton-Hale Designer: Kate Lane Reviewer: Ron Simpson OperaUpClose, celebrating its 10th anniversary, began by staging La Boheme in a 60-seat venue above a pub. The company also uses non-theatrical spaces, in the case of the tour of Mary Queen of Scots many of them historic buildings. ...

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Curtains – Darlington Hippodrome

Book: Peter Stone & Rupert Holmes Music & Lyrics: John Kander & Fred Ebb Director: Paul Foster Reviewer: Mark Clegg The easiest way to describe the concept of Curtains is that it is a cross between Kiss Me Kate and an Agatha Christie whodunnit (Kill Me Kate?). A murder investigation takes place backstage at a production of a western-themed musical ...

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Landmarks – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Nick Darke Director: Richard Avery Sound: Ray Williams Reviewer: Ron Simpson As a playwright Nick Darke, who died in 2005, was known for his work at the extremes of British theatrical life: the major national companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and small quirky or innovative companies such as the Victoria in Stoke and Kneehigh in his native ...

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One Under – Leeds Playhouse

Writer: Winsome Pinnock Director: Amit Sharma Reviewer: Rich Jevons One Under consists of a tight and highly emotional script by Winsome Pinnock. Pinnock weaves a complex web of interwoven vignettes which raise as many questions about the characters’ reality as they answer. The short sharp shock treatment given is at times a tad confusing as we try to grasp who ...

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The Haunting of Blaine Manor – Whitby Pavilion

Writer/Director: Joe O’Byrne Sound/Music: Justin Wetherill Lighting: David Heald Reviewer: Ron Simpson Hallowe’en at Whitby, home to the Dracula legend, should have been the perfect creepy setting for The Haunting of Blaine Manor, but at the half way stage, despite some dramatic sound effects and narration of supernatural events in England’s most haunted house, calm still reigned among the audience ...

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The King and I – The Grand Theatre, Leeds

Book and lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Music: Richard Rodgers Director: Bartlett Sher Musical Director: Malcolm Forbes-Peckham Reviewer: Rob Atkinson It takes quite a show to get Yorkshire folk onto their feet and applauding enthusiastically, cheers and tears both in evidence, and all this for a revival of an old standard. But this production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and ...

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It’s True, It’s True, It’s True – York Theatre Royal Studio

Devised by Breach Theatre Director: Billy Barrett Dramaturg: Dorothy Allen-Pickard Set Designer: Luke W. Robson Costume Designer: Kitty Hawkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson After two award-filled years at the Edinburgh Fringe, It’s True, It’s True, It’s True has embarked on a seven-week UK tour of mostly one-nighters. Devised by the members of the cast, using verbatim material from 1612, and written finally by ...

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