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Caravan – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Iain Sykes [rating:4] Prog Rock veterans Caravan, spawned from the Canterbury scene of the late 1960’s, hit the Lowry stage on this tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their 1973 album, For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night. More renowned in the UK for their live shows than their chart success, only having troubled the lower reaches ...

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Beauty and the Beast – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Mike Kenny Director: Matt Aston Musical Director and Composer: Julian Butler Designer: Lydia Denno Reviewer: Laura Stimpson [rating:4] This year’s festive offering from Lawrence Batley Theatre is a brand new musical version of Beauty and the Beast, by Olivier award winner Mike Kenny. Kenny’s family adaptations are a huge hit in theatres across the country, and this version of ...

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BBC Philharmonic and Leeds Festival Chorus – Leeds Town Hall

Music: Schumann, Bruch &Rachmaninov Conductor: Simon Wright Reviewer: Sara Jackson [Rating:4] Leeds Town Hall is a charming venue for a lively celebration of music. Tonight Simon Wright conducts the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in Schumann’s Nachtlied, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, and Rachmaninov’s Vespers and The Bells. The evening of Romantics begins with Schumann’s Nachtlied. It’s not his best-known work, but ...

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The Intoxicating Rose Garden – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Orson Ernest [rating:2.5] Red Note Ensemble have a well-founded reputation for creating challenging, ambitious contemporary classical music. This is a show of two halves. The second incorporating dance, calligraphic projections of ancient Persian poetry, as well as musical interpretations inspired by the poems of the 14th century poet Hafez. It's certainly ambitious, but pales in comparison to the classical ...

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Soul Sister – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Directors: Pete Brooks &Bob Eaton Producers: Bill Kenwright &John Miller Choreographer: Jason Pennycooke Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes [rating:2.5] Unfortunately for Darlington we were treated to an almost complete understudy show for Soul Sister, telling the story of Ike and Tina Turner. The programme is at pains to point out that the show is not an authorised biography and is inspired by ...

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Fascinating Aïda: The Cheap Flights Tour – Grand Opera House, York

Reviewer: Andrew Liddle [Rating:4] Sir Noel Coward once remarked that a comedian should always know how far to go when going too far. Fascinating Aïda, this trio of female satirical singers, seem hell bent on reinterpreting this. Go as far as you can beyond the bounds of decency and then go a bit farther – and a bit farther still. ...

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The Canterbury Tales – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Tom Daplyn (from the book by Geoffrey Chaucer) Music: Anthony Sebastian and Annabelle Brown Director: Anthony Sebastian Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3.5] The Canterbury Tales were written in the mid 14th century by Geoffrey Chaucer. The background is of a group of pilgrims setting off from Southwark to Canterbury, competing to tell the best story with the prize of a ...

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