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A Farewell to Arms – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Ernest Hemingway Music: Jeremy Payton-Jones Directors: Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks Reviewer: Janet Jepson Doomed love is a very hackneyed phrase, and capturing it realistically on a stage is a huge task for a theatre company. The spectres of Romeo and Juliet, Love Story, The English Patient, Brokeback Mountain and numerous other tragic love stories live on in the ...

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She Stoops To Conquer – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Oliver Goldsmith Music: Rebekah Hughes Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Northern Broadsides are one of those theatre companies that you expect great things of. Established in just 1992, they have made a name for themselves with their Shakespeare, humour and ability to make dense classics accessible to a modern audience. Unfortunately with She Stoops to Conquer, they’ve slightly ...

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Inside Out! – Washington Arts Centre

Director: Natasha Holmes Writer: Natasha Holmes UK &Kathryn Chase Bryer USA Composer: Tim Guillot Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent As the audience wait to enter the theatre, the younger members are invited to take off their shoes and are welcomed in to find that the theatre has been transformed into 'James and Katie's bedroom'. There are soft mats at the foot of ...

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Private Peaceful – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor and director: Simon Reade Reviewer: Audrey Pointer The 100th anniversary of the start of The Great War has led to a feeding frenzy of creative projects. Here, West Yorkshire Playhouse offers a short work based on Michael “War Horse” Morpurgo’s 2003 book for children, which was Blue Peter Book of the Year. Simon Reade is responsible ...

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Rock of Ages – The Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Chris D’Arienzo Director: Kristen Hanggi Choreographer: Kelly Devine Reviewer: Fiona Hannon Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre welcomed Rock of Ages to the city last night with its promise of “big hair and big tunes”, and the retro look wasn’t just confined to the stage. Leather jackets, leopard print, fringing and even the odd mullet had turned out to enjoy this celebration ...

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Blind – Live Theatre, Newcastle

Devised by: The Paper Birds and Grace Savage Director: Jemma Mc Donnell Producer: Bonnie Mitchell Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Taken from sounds heard throughout her whole life; from her Mother's wise words of wisdom to lyrics of the songs she loves, Grace Savage's autobiographical journey exposes how our aural discoveries have made all of us who we are, whether we knew ...

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Opera North: Mozart Requiem – Town Hall, Leeds

Conductor: Jac Van Steen Reviewer: Rich Jevons What a treat to actually see the Orchestra of Opera North for once, given they are usually in the orchestra pit and not visible from the stalls, and looking resplendent they are certainly worth the wait! The evening kicks off with Wagner’s ‘Prelude to Act 1’ of Lohengrin and a soft, gently enticing ...

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RAF in Concert – Royal Hall, Harrogate

Conductor: Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs Main vocalist: Flight Lieutenant Matthew Little Reviewer: Audrey Pointer The Royal Air Force Music Services boasts several bands and orchestras. A concert tour featuring a repertoire of old and new music of differing genres, is being held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first display season of the world famous Red Arrows. There is ...

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