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Shadow Game – Cast, Doncaster

Composer: Charlotte Bray Reviewer: Andrew White To emphasise a different direction from the old Civic Theatre taken by Cast, the new performance venue in Doncaster, a new piece of music – Shadow Game – was especially commissioned from leading British composer Charlotte Bray. Described by the London Evening Standard as “one of the outstanding composing talents of her generation”, Berlin-based ...

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A Vision of Elvis – Grand Opera House, York

Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Having toured Europe, A Vision of Elvis is set to tour throughout the UK in 2014 and York’s Grand Opera House is an early date in the schedule. The show was produced by Artistes International Management and stars Rob Kingsley and the Cadillac Band, along with the Sweet Sensations. The show has the approval of Mr. Ed ...

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Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band – Grand Opera House, York

Guest conductor: Phil Chalk Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Formed over a hundred and thirty years ago in the West Riding of Yorkshire, The Brighouse &Rastrick Brass Band is now regarded as one of the UKs premier brass bands. They have established a high profile and a professional reputation - even though its members are amateurs - through a busy programme of ...

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NEWS: Sheaffer writing its name into musical Sunday matinées

After a whirlwind year of celebrations to mark its centenary, Sheaffer is set to continue the festivities by partnering with one of Britain’s finest concert pianists to present the Sheaffer® Sunday matinées 2014. Pianist Lucy Parham is working with the US-founded company to continue the hearts and literacy projects it has hosted over the past 12 months, which have been ...

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A Thousand Years of Christmas – Square Chapel, Halifax

Reviewer: Rosie Revell A Thousand Years of Christmas is a deceptively simple but extremely captivating celebration of all things Christmas through the ages; from medieval mysticism to the joys of Christmas shopping to hangovers, nativity plays, Scrooge and traditional Christmas carols this show offers all things festive through song, verse and prose. The show also showcases a new Christmas poem; ...

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Dick Whittington: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Rob Salmon Musical Director: Ben Goddard Choreographer: Ally Holmes Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4] Not exactly an austerity panto, but this Dick Whittington is set in the grey postwar world of the 1950s. Diego Pitarch's inspired design has an illuminated Mansion House tube sign, and the tiled walls of the London Underground. There's a red phone box ...

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Fascinating Aida – Harrogate Theatre

Reviewer: Sue Collier [Rating:5] Fascinating Aida’s ‘Charm Offensive’ show introduces the “Two old trouts and the young one”, namely Dilly Keane (vocals, piano), Adele Anderson (vocals) and Liza Pullman (vocals, piano). Fascinating Aida was formed in 1983 by Keane, it is a trio of incredibly talented and witty Olivier Award nominated cabaret artists. The stage is elegantly set with a ...

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Hot Club of Cowtown – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:4] The Hot Club of Cowtown is a trio of musicians who offer vintage entertainment. This is not just a matter of material and instruments but also of attitude. As musicians develop their skills performances often turn into sterile demonstrations of technical expertise with endless and pointless solos. While The Hot Club are superb musicians there is ...

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