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Calamity Jane – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer: Charles K. Freeman Music: Sammy Fain Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster Director: Nikolai Foster Choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: Sue Collier Tonight, the town of Deadwood visits Bradford, and with it comesthe characterful, jolly rootin’ tootin’ musical Calamity Jane starringthe vibrant Jodie Prenger as Calamity Jane and Tom Lister as her sparring partner and eventual lover, Wild Bill Hickok. A sackcloth ...

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Music &Lyrics: Richard Baker, Rob Falcolner Director: Adam Meggido Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes Cornley Polytechnic returns with their classic Christmas vignette of Peter Pan, Peter Pan Goes Wrong. The joy of Mischief Theatre is the pure genius in their writing. You can see the jokes coming a mile away - and that just makes ...

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The Origin of Species… – Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

...by Means of Natural Selection or the Survival of (R)Evolutionary Theories in the Face of Scientific and Ecclesiastical Objections: Being a Musical Comedy about Charles Darwin (1809-1882)​ Writer: John Hinton Reviewer: Holly Spanner Tangram Theatre Company presents The Origin of the Species… which has been hailed as an international smash hit, and it’s easy to see why! Following a sell-out ...

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Motionhouse: Broken – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Director: Kevin Finnan Reviewer: Rich Jevons While it is customary to applaud the achievements of a dance piece’s choreographer, in the case of Motionhouse, as well as flagging up the supreme talents of their Artistic Director Kevin Finnan’ I’d like to include a rôle-call of the ensemble, namely: Martina Bussi, Daniel Connor, Junior Cunningham, Alasdair Stewart, Anna Watkins and Rebecca ...

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North Tyneside Disability Forum: Variety Show 2015 – Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Reviewer: Louise Sharp A lively night of Entertainment was opened perfectly as the Youth Performance Choir – supported by Ray Buck, owned the stage with lively singing and dancing to the Black Eyed Peas hit ‘I’ve gotta Feeling’ and that feeling was right as the night was nothing short of fantastic. Acts which followed included folk acts by Northumbrian small ...

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Bouncers – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer and Director: John Godber Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Written in 1977, but reworked for this tour, Bouncers is probably the most famous play by prolific and well-known playwright John Godber. The work is popular with amateur and professional companies alike and it is claimed there is at least one production of it somewhere in the world every week of the ...

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The Marriage of Figaro – The Grand, Leeds

Music:Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Jo Davies Conductor: Alexander Shelley Reviewer: David Gann It is set and match to the ladies. Susanna and her lady, the Countess, triumphantly expose jealousies and, in the case of the Count, outrageous sexual manipulation on behalf of the men. Perhaps it is fitting that the female director, Jo Davies, also wins the day. This is ...

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Treasure Island: National Theatre Live Broadcast – Gala Theatre, Durham

Writer: Robert Louis Stevenson, Stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery Director: Polly Findlay Music: Dan Jones Reviewer: Anna Ambelez The National Theatre launched the ground breaking of idea of live broadcasts over five years ago, which have proved a wonderful opportunity for people across the globe to see a big stage production, live in their own town. Buried treasure, parrots, maps, ...

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