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Ballad of the Burning Star – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Nir Paldi Directors: Nir Paldi &George Mann Music: Adam Pleeth Reviewer: Sue Collier Having had the unfortunate experience of being evacuated from a London theatre as a result of a bomb warning, the opening sequence of Ballad of the Burning Star produces quite a significant effect on one’s feeling of personal safety. Nevertheless, by opening the show with a ...

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The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star – Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

Writer: Stella Grundy Director: Iain Bloomfield Reviewer: Rich Jevons Stella Grundy brings an outstanding one-woman performance to the Carriageworks with a play on the life and times of her tragi-comic heroine Tracey Star. On the bus on the way home from the theatre I spied a poster advertising Stella Artois: the Final Cut with a knife scraping the top of ...

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On the Piste – Cast, Doncaster

Writer and Director: John Godber Reviewer: Andrew White The premise alone of a play set in a skiing resort is enough to entice an audience into a theatre, if nothing else to see how it will be achieved. This is a revival of John Godber’s 1990 original On the Piste, although significantly changed from the original version. It features two ...

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Antigone – Northern Stage, Newcastle

Writer: Roy Williams Music: Sandy Nuttgens Director: Marcus Romer Reviewer: Gemma Hirst In the 21st century, society exists where technology and young people are forever developing and are beginning to take over the universe. Antigone shows what a headstrong woman can do when she puts her mind to it, as Pilot Theatre’s Marcus Romer brings the classic tale originally written ...

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Kerry Ellis – City Varieties, Leeds

Musical Arrangements: Craig Adams Reviewer: Fran Winter The West End stage’s first lady Kerry Ellis came to City Varieties in Leeds as part of her 13 date venue tour across the UK. The show promotes Ellis’ new self-titled album, as she sings a number of tracks from her new album, intersected with stories about her career. Ellis opened the show ...

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The Man Jesus – Grand Opera House, York

Writer: Matthew Hurt. Director: Joseph Alford. Reviewed by Charlotte Broadbent The life of Jesus, as told by those who knew him best. The greatest story ever told, is one that most of us have encountered somewhere along the line, but writer Matthew Hurt is attempting to show us the man, not just the messiah. Simon Callow plays twelve different characters ...

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Opera North: The Coronation of Poppea – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Claudio Monteverdi et al Libretto: Giovanni Francesco Busenello English translation: Tim Albery Director: Tim Albery Conductor: Laurence Cummings Reviewer: Rich Jevons It’s first century AD Rome and the Fates are playing games with mere mortals. It’s a case of Amore (Emilie Renard) using Cupid’s arrows to prove to the goddesses of Fortune (Ciara Hendrick) and Virtue (Claire Pascoe) that ...

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Bouncers – The Civic Theatre, Rotherham

Writer: John Godber Director: Keith Hukin Reviewer: Janet Jepson The bouncers greeted the audience at the doors, “What, no ticket? Get yerself in that queue!” Thus was set the tone for the evening, when everyone was transported back to 1980s nightclub life by four ordinary guys sporting the customary, recognisable tuxedos and dickies of the rough, brash doormen feared by ...

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