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Eat, Pray, Laugh! Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour– The Grand Theatre, Leeds

Music: Andrew Ross Director: Simon Phillips Reviewer: Rosie Revell In Eat, Pray, Laugh Australian comedian Barry Humphries bids his final swansong from live performances and as his most famous bespectacled character puts it “a meditation on loss, gender, climate change, gay marriage and ethnicity’. For nearly 50 years Barry Humphries’ comic characters have outraged and shocked in equal measure. From ...

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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Alan Janes Music: Buddy Holly Lyrics: Buddy Holly Director: Matt Salisbury Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story rocked into Darlington town this week. This two act show walked us through Buddy Holly's meteoric three-year career and tragic death by way of radio D.J's announcing pivotal plot points. Each transition is followed by music-induced scenes with all the ...

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Carmen – The Royal Hall, Harrogate

Music: Georges Bizet Director: Boris Lagoda Conductor: Azat Maksutov Reviewer: Ray Taylor The Russian State Ballet and Opera Theatre of Komi have entertained a full house at Harrogate with their performance of what is considered the world’s most popular opera. The Theatre was founded in 1958 and is located in a republic just to the north of Moscow. They are ...

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Happy Days – The Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Book: Garry Marshall Music &lyrics: Paul Williams Director &choreographer: Andrew Wright Musical Supervisor: Greg Arrowsmith Reviewer: Fiona Hannon Those of a certain age will fondly remember the TV series Happy Days that this new musical is based on. First broadcast in 1974 and running until 1984, it attracted a huge following and was a firm favourite with families. This new ...

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Punt and Dennis: Ploughing on Regardless – Grand Opera House, York

Performers: Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis Reviewer: Andrew White “And now on BBC Radio 4, it’s two and a bit hours of The Now Show…” Which is essentially what the audience got. Packed into York’s Grand Opera House on Sunday night as part of Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis’ latest nationwide tour, the show also featured interjections of usual The ...

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Ed Byrne – Royal Hall, Harrogate

Performer: Ed Byrne Reviewer: Andrew White So how do you change when you reach your forties? Well, Ed Byrne provides some interesting and well-placed thoughts on the issue in his current tour, Roaring Forties,and the second half of this mammoth 2013/14 tour, sees him play Harrogate. Here, he found a warm, receptive crowd, mainly made up of fellow middle-aged people, ...

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Fascinating Aida’s Charm Offensive – Grand Opera House, York

Reviewer: Sue Collier Fascinating Aida are a trio of incredibly talented and witty Olivier Award nominated cabaret artists, namely Dilly Keane (vocals, piano), Adele “Deep Throat” Anderson (vocals) and Liza Pullman (vocals, piano). The show could have been a bit of a disaster as central York had flooded with hundreds of audience members struggling to park their cars; so on ...

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Beth Nielsen Chapman – Royal Hall, Harrogate

Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Texas-born Beth Nielsen Chapman is a singer-songwriter based in Nashville, where shewon Songwriter of the Year in 1999. Her songs have been covered by such musical notaries as Bette Midler, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Faith Hill and Willie Nelson. She is touring The British Isles in 2014 to promote her new album UnCovered. Harrogate’s Royal Hall is ...

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