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Rock of Ages – Sunderland Empire

Book: Chris D’Arienzo Director: Kristin Hanggi Reviewer: Mark Clegg It’s the mid-to-late eighties on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip. Drew (Noel Sullivan) is a budding rock musician working in a run-down club. Sherrie (Cordelia Farnworth) is a country girl, new in town and full of dreams of fame and fortune. And this being a musical, we follow the rocky path to ...

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The Boy Who Fell Into a Book – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Music: Cathy Shostak and Eric Angus Musical adaptation and lyrics: Paul James Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre premieres a new musical adaptation of Ayckbourn’s 1998 play (his fifty-third) directed by the writer. Ayckbourn originally wrote the play to celebrate the National Year of Reading. It’s a play suitable for all the family ...

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The ELO Experience – St Georges Hall, Bradford

Music: Jeff Lynne, Electric Light Orchestra Reviewer: Rob Atkinson Tribute bands are not everyone's cup of tea - but a more refreshing draught than the ELO Experience would be difficult to imagine, whether or not you are a fan of the phenomenally successful Electric Light Orchestra and their glittering back catalogue of smash-hits through the seventies and into the eighties. ...

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The Sheffield Mysteries – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Chris Bush Music: Richard Taylor Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Audrey Pointer The mediaeval tradition of Mystery plays, in which Bible stories are brought to life by singers and actors, has come to Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre, and been given a modern twist and a local South Yorkshire flavour. Over a hundred actors and musicians are engaged in bringing this Sheffield ...

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A Murder is Announced – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Agatha Christie Adaptation: Leslie Darbon Director: Philip Stewart Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes Set in 1950, we arrive at the home of Letitia Blacklock (Jo Castleton) on Friday the 13th to the announcement in the Chipping Cleghorn Gazette that “A Murder is Announced”. The murder is due to take place at 6.30pm at Little Paddocks that very evening. Taking care to ...

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Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Based on the books by Terry Deary Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Ruth Jepson It is an actual law in the UK that as a child born after the 1980’s you must have read at least one of Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories books. Ok, so maybe not an actual law, but the series is so popular among kids and history ...

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A Taste of Honey – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Shelagh Delaney Director: Mark Babych Reviewer: Janet Jepson A Taste of Honey is the timeless classic story of a young girl’s premature express journey into adulthood - a story made more touching by the knowledge that it was written by Shelagh Delaney in the 1950s when she was only a teenager herself. This rather dark northern drama has enjoyed ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Sara Jackson The Play That Goes Wrong is simply magnificent. Properly, laugh-out-loud-until-you-ache hilarious. Certainly the funniest since One Man Two Guv’nors. The humour is not clever, nor is it trying to be. It makes no clever satirical points, no comment on issues or acerbically witty puns. It’s not humour ...

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