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Songs From The Seven Hills – The Crucible, Sheffield

Writer: John Hollingworth Music: Scott Gilmour and Claire Mckenzie Director: Emily Hutchinson Choreographer: Darragh O’ Leary Reviewer: Sophie Dodworth Songs from the Seven Hills is a Sheffield Peoples production, made by the people of Sheffield, about the people of Sheffield. This new musical takes you on a journey through some real-life, Sheffield experiences; told by 60 actors. Written by John ...

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Dusty – Lyceum, Sheffield

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Maria Friedman Musical Supervisor: Tim Sutton Choreographer: Tim Jackson Set & Costume Designer: Tom Pye Reviewer: Sheila Stratford The world premiere of the new musical charting Dusty Springfield’s life and singing career, is at the Lyceum in Sheffield. Through 19 songs it follows her turbulent life and contains many of her pop hits including I Only ...

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Bing Live – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer: Helen Eastman Reviewer: Laura Stimpson Today the first ever Bing stage show arrives in Bradford to the delight of hundreds of preschoolers beaming from ear to ear in anticipation of seeing their favourite television characters on stage.  Bing joins his friends Sula, Pando and Coco, and guardians Flop and Amma on stage. Yes, the set is a stage on ...

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Richard III – Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Lindsay Posner Designer: Lee Newby Reviewer: Ron Simpson In both Lindsay Posner’s contributions to the four-play Shakespeare season at York’s pop-up Elizabethan theatre, he opts for a radical and precise updating. However, while the 1932 Italy setting of Romeo and Juliet is integral to the production and offers a different angle on the play, the contemporary ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Juliet Forster Reviewer: Jim Gillespie The Globe Theatre, on London’s South Bank, has given theatre-goers a real feel for the experience of theatre in Shakespeare’s own time. Open to the elements, and the noises-off from a busy city, intimate and involving, with little of the technical wizardry available in a modern theatre setting. The London Rose ...

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Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Lindsay Posner Designer: Lee Newby Composer: Olly Fox Reviewer: Ron Simpson For over two months this Summer Clifford’s Tower in York will be joined by another relic of a bygone age, this one smartly and imaginatively re-created. Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, a pop-up Elizabethan theatre, sits on the castle car-park with a jolly little “village” of stalls ...

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Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em – Darlington Hippodrome

Written and Directed by Guy Unsworth Based on the original TV series by Raymond Allen Reviewer: Mark Clegg Despite the strange fact that it doesn’t get repeated very often, the original TV sit-com Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em remains as iconic as ever. Certainly, Frank Spencer as immortalised by Michael Crawford was probably the most imitated character in the UK ...

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Love and Information – Crucible Studio, Sheffield

Writer: Caryll Churchill Director: Caroline Steinbeis Designer: Max Jones Reviewer: Sheila Stratford The regional premiere of Love and Information, at the Crucible Studio, has a cast of six actors to perform over 100 characters. It was first performed at the Royal Court in 2012 with a cast of 16 actors. British playwright Caryll Churchill’s play is experimental and challenging. Sheffield ...

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