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The Crucible – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: James Brining Reviewer: Sue Collier The Crucible was first staged in 1953, and is a powerful account of a terrible period of American history - the Salem witch trials of 17th-century Massachusetts. This drama was greatly inspired by Arthur Miller’s personal experience of being the subject of paranoid anti-communist investigations conducted by the House Un-American Activities ...

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Institute – Northern Stage, Newcastle

Created by Amit Lahav Music: Dave Price Director: Amit Lahav Reviewer: Gemma Hirst Ever wondered what happens to those memoires that somehow manage to find themselves into a cupboard that was always locked and never opened? Gecko bring to Northern Stage a demanding physical performance about four men’s journeys that intersect into a beautiful piece which they have namedInstitute. Focusing ...

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The Fanny Hill Project 2.0 – Theatre in the Mill, Bradford

Writer: TheatreState Directors: Cheryl Gallacher &Tess Seddon Reviewer: Rich Jevons Theatre State’s The Fanny Hill Project 2.0 juxtaposes Cleland’s 18th century erotic novel Fanny Hill with the real-life drama of actor-director Tess Seddon, the two tales interweaving and intertwining with great dexterity. Having graduated with a degree in drama, Tess soon tires of a naff receptionist job and just as ...

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Wingman – Crucible Studio, Sheffield

Writer: Richard Marsh Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Wingman is a touchingly, funny and heart-warming comedy of a broken down father-son relationship. Written and acted by Richard Marsh, an Edinburgh Fringe First winner. The thirty-something son is at his mother's deathbed when his father arrives on the scene; however Richard (the son played by Richard Marsh) does not want ...

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The Perfect Murder – Grand Opera House, York

Writer: Peter James, adapted by Shaun McKenna Music: Laura Tisdall Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent At the very top of The Perfect Murder we meet Victor Smiley (Robert Daws) who tells us, in no uncertain terms that he plans to kill his wife. He is then joined by a prostitute, his lover Kamila Walcak (Simona Armstrong) with whom he ...

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Double Death – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Simon Williams Director: Philip Stuart Reviewer: Mark Clegg Identical twins have long been a staple cliché within mysteries and thrillers, offering as they do an opportunity to keep the audience guessing and in some cases allowing the writer to easily escape a tangled narrative. This play thankfully uses this device for the former reason and manages (just about) to ...

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Michael Palin: Travelling to Work, Grand Opera House, York

Writer: Michael Palin Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Palin is Yorkshire’s own Python, a Sheffield lad who, along with the other talented members of the Monty Python team, created a cosmos of comedy that was original, anarchic and surreal, or what might now be called “a bit random”. Post-Python, Michael reinvented himself as a TV travel presenter and writer, becoming, in effect, ...

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How Did I Get To This Point – Live Theatre, Newcastle

Writers: Ali Pritchard, Allison Davies and Pip Chamberlin Director: Ben Dickenson Reviewer: Gemma Hirst We see the homelessness around our cities all the time; a sensitive and sometimes embarrassing subject, the public tend to pass by. Thanks to Alphabetti Spaghetti Theatre, the issue was brought front and central at Live Theatre allowing the audience to be exposed to the truth ...

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