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Bing Live – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer: Helen Eastman Reviewer: Laura Stimpson Today the first ever Bing stage show arrives in Bradford to the delight of hundreds of preschoolers beaming from ear to ear in anticipation of seeing their favourite television characters on stage.  Bing joins his friends Sula, Pando and Coco, and guardians Flop and Amma on stage. Yes, the set is a stage on ...

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Richard III – Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Lindsay Posner Designer: Lee Newby Reviewer: Ron Simpson In both Lindsay Posner’s contributions to the four-play Shakespeare season at York’s pop-up Elizabethan theatre, he opts for a radical and precise updating. However, while the 1932 Italy setting of Romeo and Juliet is integral to the production and offers a different angle on the play, the contemporary ...

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Miss Saigon – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Boublil and SchÓnberg Music: Claude-Michel SchÓnberg Lyrics: Richard Maltby, JR and Alain Boublil Director: Laurence Connor Choreographer: Bob Avian Reviewer: Georgie Bird Cameron MacKintosh brings his revamped production of Miss Saigon to Theatre Royal Plymouth. Set during the Vietnamese war, it tells the story of orphan Kim, who is forced to work in a brothel but falls in love ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Juliet Forster Reviewer: Jim Gillespie The Globe Theatre, on London’s South Bank, has given theatre-goers a real feel for the experience of theatre in Shakespeare’s own time. Open to the elements, and the noises-off from a busy city, intimate and involving, with little of the technical wizardry available in a modern theatre setting. The London Rose ...

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Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Lindsay Posner Designer: Lee Newby Composer: Olly Fox Reviewer: Ron Simpson For over two months this Summer Clifford’s Tower in York will be joined by another relic of a bygone age, this one smartly and imaginatively re-created. Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, a pop-up Elizabethan theatre, sits on the castle car-park with a jolly little “village” of stalls ...

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Knights of the Rose – Arts Theatre, London

Creator: Jennifer Marsden Director and choreographer: Racky Plews Reviewer: Stephen Bates Perhaps it is inevitable that Game of Thrones: The Musical, will hit our stages one day, but, in the meantime, we have to make do with this fusion of classic rock anthems and a tale of heroism, bloodletting and tepid romance, set in a medieval kingdom where knights brandish ...

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Mischief Movie Night – Exeter Northcott

Director: Adam Meggido Set Designer: Nigel Hook Lighting Designer: David Howe Sound Designer: Andy Johnson Reviewer: Francesca Parker In 2008 a young and energetic group of LAMDA students came together to create a production based on the principles of improvised comedy; it was then that Lights! Camera! Improvise! was born. Following a highly successful first season at the Edinburgh Fringe, they ...

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Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em – Darlington Hippodrome

Written and Directed by Guy Unsworth Based on the original TV series by Raymond Allen Reviewer: Mark Clegg Despite the strange fact that it doesn’t get repeated very often, the original TV sit-com Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em remains as iconic as ever. Certainly, Frank Spencer as immortalised by Michael Crawford was probably the most imitated character in the UK ...

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