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The Nap – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Ralf Little in Richard Bean’s The Nap at the Crucible, Sheffield. Photograph: Mark Douet

Writer: Richard Bean Director: Richard Wilson Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Dylan Spokes (Jack O'Connell) is a local lad with a passion for snooker. He hits the big time, but will he win the championships? Will he manage to rise above the rogues in his family and avoid the temptations of match fixing? Now he is reaching the heights, everyone wants a ...

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NEWS: Casting announced for Flowers for Mrs Harris

Daniel Evanshas today [26 February] announced casting for his final production as Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres. The world première ofFlowers for Mrs HarrisbyRichard TaylorandRachel Wagstaff will include isMoyo Akandé,Anna-Jane Casey,Rebecca Caine,Luke Dale, David Durham,Louis Maskell,Mark Meadows,Laura Pitt-PulfordandNicola Sloane. Based on the novel by Paul Gallico, Flowers For Mrs Harris is the story of one woman’s dream of achieving the ...

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OPINION: Regional theatre IS worthy of critical attention

Theatr Clwyd at Night

By John Roberts This weekThe Stage’schief theatre critic ventured outside of the London boundaries and stepped into the borders of North Wales – only because, by his own admission, he was in the “region” giving a talk at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Upon seeing Theatre Clwyd’s production ofCat on a Hot Tin Roof– he wentonto Twitterto announce that ...

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Show Boat – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Rebecca Trehearn in Show Boat

Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II (based on the novel by Edna Ferber) Music: Jerome Kern Director: Daniel Evans Musical Director: David White Choreographer: Alistair David Reviewer: Janet Jepson Written in 1927, the musical Show Boat is something of a departure from the usual trivial, light-hearted tales of the genre. This show tackles serious themes such as racial prejudice, tragic ...

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Pride and Prejudice – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Dramatised by Simon Reade from the novel written by Jane Austen Director: Tamara Harvey Music: Richard Taylor Choreographer: Scott Ambler Reviewer: Janet Jepson There’s a timeless quality about classic novels such as Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and that is faithfully retained in this stage adaptation by Simon Reade currently running at the beautiful Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. traditionally it ...

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Playing for Time – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Arthur Miller Based on the memoir by: Fania Fenelon Director: Richard Beecham Composer, Lyricist &Musical Director: Sam Kenyon Reviewer: Janet Jepson The set is bleak, dark and grey, with skeletal trees that seem symbolic of the whole concentration camp experience. When the group of women is arrested by the Nazis and transported in barbaric conditions eastwards to the infamous ...

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Anything Goes – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter Book: PG Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse New Book: Timothy Crouse &John Weidman Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: John Roberts Following a Christmas season at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, Daniel Evans brings plenty to enjoy in this classy yet flawed revival of Cole Porter’s melodically rich musical. As plots go Anything Goes isn’t the strongest ...

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The Absence of War – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: David Hare Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Sheila Stratford It is the run up to the election and George Jones is the Labour Leader in opposition. We follow him and his immediate campaign team in the gruelling three weeks before the election. George Jones is struggling to get his message across to the people. He is constrained by a hostile ...

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