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Untold Stories – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Alan Bennett Music: George Fenton Director: Mark Rosenblatt Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Leeds’ most famous living literary luminary is prolific and popular throughout the world. Untold Stories first appeared as a book of prose memoires in 2005; Bennett assuming it would be published posthumously, as he had cancer at the time. Happily, Bennett survived to write another day and to ...

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Last train to Scarborough – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Andrew Martin Adapted and directed by Chris Monks Reviewer: Janet Jepson The period setting, the Yorkshire location, the thrilling detective story told with style and humour promises to be the perfect night out at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough - where else would a drama about a mystery death at a railway terminus by the sea be better ...

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Man of the Moment – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Music: Phil Butterfield Director: John Cotgrave Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Following two years as company director of the National Theatre, Ayckbourn returned to Scarborough to direct Man of the Moment, his 35th play, which premiered in 1988. The play was inspired by thoughts about Great Train robber Buster Edwards. He had become something of a celebrity after serving ...

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Avenue Q – The Grand, Leeds

Book: Jeff Whitty Director &Choreographer: Cressida Carré Producer: David Hutchinson, Phillip Rowntree and Richard Darbourne Music: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Reviewer: S.E. Webster A New York backdrop, brightly coloured characters and plenty of excitable singing and dancing, and some suspiciously muppet-like puppets; theatre audiences might be forgiven for initially thinking they’d signed up to an evening of Sesame Street, ...

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Thea Gilmore: Regardless – Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

Music: Thea Gilmore Reviewer: Sue Collier The evening’s entertainment started with songs and acoustic guitar playing from support artist Nigel Stonier. A pleasant enough chap, with obviously good song writing skills, but who sadly demonstrated a rather weak rapport with his audience. In addition, his rather irritating capacity for constantly retuning his guitar after every song reduced one’s enjoyment of ...

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Carnaby Street: The Concert – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Based on an original idea by Carl Leighton-Pope Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes It was a bit of a shaky start to the concert as the band scampered on to the stage looking terrified. The audience then sat stony faced during the first song which was one of the original songs from Carnaby Street the Musical. The songs then jumped into a ...

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Science Museum Live: The Energy Show – Harrogate Theatre

Director: Martin Lamb So, shall we blow some things up? Predictably with an audience of mainly 7-12 year olds, the response was “YES!” This was The Energy Show, a mix of comedy and science produced by Science Museum Live and touring around the country calling at over 30 venues – one of which was Harrogate Theatre. This 2014 tour builds ...

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Tonight’s the Night – Sheffield Lyceum

Writer: Ben Elton Music: Rod Stewart Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Choreographer: Denise Ranger Musical Director: Griff Johnson Reviewer: Ray Taylor Sheffield’s Lyceum rocks on the opening night of this all-singing, all-dancing homage to rock legend Rod Stewart. A full house is richly entertained throughout over two hours by an amazing ensemble that includes brilliant singing, dazzling choreography, a world class ...

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