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Harriet – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Composer: Hilda Paredes Text: Lex Bohtmeijer/Mayra Santos-Febres Conductor: Manoj Kamps Director: Jean Lacornerie Video design: Miwa Matreyek Reviewer: Ron Simpson As with many performances at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Harriet is truly an international event, with a Mexican composer, a Sri Lankan conductor, a French director, the fearless American soprano Claron McFadden in the title role and co-production and ...

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The Whipping Man – The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer: Matthew Lopez Director: Tom Attenborough Reviewer: Joan Phillips Severely wounded Confederate soldier, Caleb, returns to the burnt-out shell of his family home after the capitulation of the South in April 1865 to the Union in the American Civil War. Everywhere is ruin and chaos but Caleb finds Simon, the family servant sent there by Caleb’s father to protect the ...

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INTERVIEW: Jody Tranter on Parade

The story of Leo Frank,a Jewish-American factory superintendent who was convicted of the murder of a 13-year-old employee, might not sound as though it’s musical theatre material, butAlfred UhryandJason Robert Brown’s Parade is a sensitive and sobering portrait of bigotry and mob mentality in the American deep South. Director Jody Tranter spoke to Paul Couch about its significance and why ...

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