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England, Arise! – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Mick Martin Music: Jamie Lockhart and Lee Smith Director: Jude Wright Reviewer: Sue Collier The play begins with the five strong cast presenting themselves with a lively explanation of the forthcoming story before singing ‘England Arise’. This bright and chipper start to the evening immediately draws one’s attention to the play’s subject. As a result of his strong socialist ...

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Grounded – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: George Brant Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood A surreal and anticipated atmosphere awaits the audience with the playing of eclectic range of rock music and the character, The Pilot, unemotionally waits in a screened in box to tell her story. George Brant’s Grounded, an award winning one-woman play, is about a woman’s high flying career as a fighter ...

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The Woman in Black – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Stephen Mallatratt, adapted from the novel by Susan Hill Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Ruth Jepson   You, of course, will never suffer as I did… The Woman in Black is an iconic show. First performed in lowly Scarborough in 1987, the play moved on to grace the West End in 1989, first at The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, then to ...

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Opera North: The Bartered Bride – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Bedřich Smetana Libretto: Karel Sabina, English translation by Leonard Hancock and David Pountney with dialogue by Daniel Slater Director: Daniel Slater Conductor: Anthony Kraus Reviewer: Rich Jevons Right from the intro of Bedřich Smetana’s beautiful overture against a screen of graffiti-ridden notices for a Czech national holiday, we know we are in for a full-blown romantic comedy with a ...

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Call Mr. Robeson: A Life, with Songs – Alhambra, Bradford

Writer: Tayo Aluko Music: Paul Robeson Director: Olusola Oyeleye Reviewer: Sue Collier When the purchase of a Paul Robeson CD recently inspired the learning of some of his songs, attending last night’s performance of Call Mr. Robeson at the Bradford Alhambra Studio Theatre provided one with a far greater depth of understanding of the importance of Robeson’s music. Robeson has ...

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The Johnny Cash Roadshow, Grand Opera House, York

Reviewer: Janet Jepson For the true Johnny Cash fan this show is a treat; for the casual listener it’s a well put-together musical evening. All the great hits from “the man in black” are there, including ‘Walk the Line’ and ‘Ring of Fire’, alongside some of the lesser known ones such as ‘Cry, Cry, Cry’ which was his first recording ...

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April in Paris – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer &Director: John Godber Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes We swap October in Darlington for April in Paris - a bitter sweet, painfully realistic view of married life from the pen of the multitalented John Godber. Al and Bet, played by Joe McGann and Shobna Gulati, are a northern couple stuck in a rut. Married for 28 years, together by habit but ...

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This Is My Family – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer, Music &Lyrics: Tim Firth Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Fiona Hannon This was a special evening for Sheffield Theatres as they proudly unveiled the results of The Lyceum Theatre’s nine week refurbishment programme. This grand Grade II* listed theatre now twinkling with new lights, new cables, new carpets, new upholstery and 1000 litres of fresh new paint, glowed as a ...

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