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Macbeth – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: William Shakespeare Music: Rax Timyr Director: Jatinder Verma Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Is this a Bollywood show we see before us? No, it’s Shakespeare, with an Indian Twist. Tara Arts, formed in 1989, have produced their own versions of many Shakespeare plays, as well as productions based on both Asian and European classics. Macbeth is their latest tour, and gives ...

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Return To The Forbidden Planet – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer &Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Return To The Forbidden Planet, the anniversary tour arrives at Darlington this week. And what a celebration it is. Billed as Shakespeare’s ‘forgotten rock n roll masterpiece’, Return to the Forbidden Planet has roots with The Tempest. Futuristically set on a spaceship under the command of pipe smoking ...

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Karaoke – Holbeck Underground Ballroom, Leeds

Text and Music: Sammy Metcalfe Created by: Sleepwalk Collective Reviewer: Rich Jevons For Sleepwalk Collective’s Karaoke, two performers read and act from an autocue which we, the audience, can also see as projected on a screen. This is by no means a test of Iara Solano Arana and Sammy Metcalfe’s performing talents; they deliberately under-act and are completely deadpan throughout. ...

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Macbeth – Queens Hall, Hexham

Writer: Shakespeare Music: Rax Timyr Director: Jatinder Verma Reviewer: Gemma Hirst Tara Arts Theatre Company version of Macbeth is a traditional telling of the story infused with a dash of Asian culture. Macbeth is the story of a man who craves the power of becoming King, doing whatever he can to achieve his goal. Putting his faith in witches and ...

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Nicobobinus – Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

Writer: Terry Jones Adapter and director: John Ward Composer and Musical Director: Eilidh deBonnaire Reviewer: Ron Simpson John Ward’s version of Terry Jones’ children’s story was originally staged as the Christmas show at London’s LOST Theatre. Now, as the joint production by Red Ladder and DumbWise tours the North and Midlands, there’s still a touch of Christmas cheer about the ...

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Jay Rayner: My Dining Hell – Gala Theatre, Durham

Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Jay Rayner, restaurant critic, writer, broadcaster, journalist and TV personality. This tour is called My Dining Hell after his latest book containing a number of his worst restaurant critiques. As Rayner says, “…we are always fascinated about other people’s terrible experiences”. Someone else having a worse day makes us feel better, generally about ourselves and our day. ...

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Forever Young – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Erik Gedeon. (Adapted by Giles Croft and Stefan Bednarczyk) Director: Giles Croft Musical Director: Stefan Bednarczyk Choreographer: Adele Parry Reviewer: Janet Jepson It’s almost ominous, rather reminiscent of a ghost story, as a slow, heavy thudding becomes audible … but it’s only old Mr Bednarczyk hobbling in leaning heavily on his Zimmer frame. One by one he’s joined onstage ...

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Dreaming in Code – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Choreographers: Tasmin Fitzgerald, Eddie Kay (for Frantic Assembly) Music: Alex Baranowski, Angus MacRae Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood 2Faced Dance Company is currently presenting their double bill, Dreaming In Code. The award winning all-male dance company is known for their innovative performances that tell stories which are relevant in today’s society. First of all, young artists from D M Academy, working in ...

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