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Edward Scissorhands – Alhambra, Bradford

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Music: Terry Davies Sets and Costumer: Lez Brotherston Reviewer: Rosie Revell Matthew Bourne’s revival of his 2005 all ballet version of Edward Scissorhands is a pleasant, magical surprise that evokes beautifully the 1990 Tim Burton’s movie of the same name. Burton’s suburban fairy tale tells the story of lonely Edward, whose creator dies before he ...

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Rapunzel – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Carol Ann Duffy Music: Murray Gold Director: Liv Lorent Reviewer: Rich Jevons BalletLORENT’s adaptation of the Brothers Grimm’s Rapunzel manages to be family friendly while still being highly emotional and enchanting for an adult audience finding their inner child. The fairy tale’s narrative quest is based around a longing for a child; firstly the barren Wife and her Husband; ...

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We’re Not Going Back – City Varieties, Leeds

Written by: Boff Whalley Musical Arrangements by: Beccy Owen Directed by: Rod Dixon Reviewer: Peter Gray We’re Not Going Back is a subtly radical piece of powerful theatre from Red Ladder, which transports us back full thirty years to when political decisions threatened the existence of a national industry and its communities. Set in a re-representation of the 1984-85 Miners’ ...

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Breakfast Hearts/Choirplay – Live Theatre, Newcastle

Writer: Robin French Director: Melanie Rashbrooke Reviewer: Gemma Hirst The Six Twenty Theatre group present a doubled bill preview of two plays that are the total opposite of each other. One being a show about commercialism, capitalism and trying to find your happiness in IKEA of all places (Choirplay) and the other about a rather violent relationship and being so ...

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Bon Jovi Experience – Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Reviewer – Louise Sharp Among all the Bon Jovi tribute bands touring around the world celebrating the bands distinct rock and roll sound, only one has ever been asked to perform with the legendary front man, Jon Bon Jovi himself. This would give any fan high expectations of the night ahead, with Tony Pearce as frontman Jon Bon Jovi. The ...

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My Brother’s Country – Theatre in the Mill, Bradford

Writer: Javaad Alipoor Music: Ross Elliott Directed by: Natalie Diddams and Javaad Alipoor Reviewer: Rich Jevons We are introduced to the subject of the show, Iranian émigré Fereydoun Farrokhzad, when two cynical media vultures are covering a student demonstration outside the German opera house where the Shah of Iran is due to attend. Fereydoun purports to be apolitical, only wanting ...

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Boi Boi Is Dead – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Zodwa Nyoni Director: Lucian Msamati Designer: Francisco Rodriguez-Weil Composer and Musical Director: Michael Henry Reviewer: David Gann The design of this first full length play, Boi Boi is Dead by Zodwa Nyoni, is the clue to grasping its unusual and delicate dramatic logic; at once full of realism and yet carefully sketched in a series of episodes, tableaux even, ...

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La Vida Breve / Gianni Schicchi – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Manuel de Fella, Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Carlos Fernández Shaw,Giovacchino Forzona Director: Christopher Alden Conductor: Jac van Steen Reviewer: Rich Jevons Director Christopher Alden is very much the auteur in this successful revival of Manuel de Falla’s La vida breve (it was first performed by Opera North in 2004). Johan Engels’ set is revealed as a corrugated iron sweat shop ...

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