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Interview: Vincent and Flavia prepare for The Last Tango

As professional dancers, Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace became famous during their seven years on Strictly Come Dancing, during which they became especially known for their Argentine tango performances. Since leaving the BBC series they have toured two successful dance shows, Midnight Tango and Dance ’Til Dawn. Now they have reunited with those shows’ choreographer, Karen Bruce, for their third ...

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PREVIEW: The LBT Autumn/Winter Launch

Ron Simpson joins the audience on September 7th to meet some of the directors, actors and musicians involved in the Autumn/Winter season at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield. A Season Preview at Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley Theatre is not just a matter of wine and nibbles for arts editors, reviewers and patrons. In recent years, the theatre has presented a full ...

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PREVIEW: New Wolsey a Big Spender with Sweet Charity

The Rhythm Of Life may be surging through their veins, but when you're not only having to learn the lines for an iconic musical, remember the choreography, and having to play multiple instruments, it's a juggling act of talents. Paul Couch spoke to cast members Katie Birtill, James Haggie, and Dan De Cruz. For the cast of Sweet Charity, opening ...

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NEWS: Mercury Theatre Colchester seeks boys for Bully Boy play

The Mercury Theatre Colchester is looking for three boys of Middle-Eastern descent to join the cast of their forthcoming production Bully Boy. The Essex theatre is looking for three confident boys to share the rôle of an eight year old boy. They don’t have to be an experienced actor, they just need to look eight years old, be comfortable singing ...

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NEWS: BEAM:2016 initiative aims to seek out new musical theatre writing talent

As the recession of the past few years loosens its grip, producers of musical theatre in the UK are beginning to take more risks with new writing. Two organisations, Musical Theatre Network (MTN) and Mercury Musical Developments (MMD) are collaborating to launch BEAM: 2016, a biennial national showcase of contemporary musical theatre BEAM:2016 will take place at the Park Theatre, ...

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INTERVIEW: Nina Hajiyianni living Happily Ever After

From decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK in 1967, through queer-bashing in the 1970s, the enactment of Section 28 in the 1980s, to the sanction of same-sex marriage in 2014, the portrayal of LGBTQ people has had a turbulent history. Paul Couch spoke to Action Transport Theatre's Artistic Director, Nina Hajiyianni, about her new show for primary school-age children in ...

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INTERVIEW: Al Smith on Harrogate

Al Smith's plays include Radio, Enola and The Bird, but having ventured into writing for flagship programmes such as EastEnders and Casualty, Smith now returns to theatre with his first new playin seven years. Harrogate received a rehearsed reading at the HighTide festival in 2013 and is about to receive its full world premiere at the Suffolk festival. Smith stepped ...

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