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Glory Dazed – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Cat Jones Director: Jake Smith Reviewer: Ron Simpson The programming at East Riding Theatre, progressive and open-minded, never fails to impress. A small theatre working hard to establish itself in a historic (and, one would imagine, traditionally-minded) market town might be expected to play safe, but the reality is far different from that. East Riding Theatre may have developed ...

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Goodnight, Mister Tom – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: David Wood Adapted from: Michelle Magorian Director: Jake Smith Designer: Ed Ullyart Lighting: Simon Bedwell Composer: David Barton Reviewer: Ron Simpson Goodnight, Mister Tom, best known for the television version with John Thaw 20 years ago, is an adaptation of a 1981 novel by Michelle Magorian. In David Wood’s dramatisation, most of the story remains, with the most noticeable ...

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Art – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Yazmina Reza Translator: Christopher Hampton Director: Martin Hutson Composer: Chris Warner Set Designer: Ed Ullyart Reviewer: Ron Simpson Art is one of the more remarkable theatrical success stories of the past quarter-century. Originally staged in Paris in 1994, it transferred to the West End in Christopher Hampton’s translation two years later, ran for eight years and has never lacked ...

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Good People – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire Director: Adrian Rawlins Set Design: Ed Ullyart Lighting: Simon Bedwell Reviewer: Ron Simpson   In the publicity for East Riding Theatre’s production of Good People the strapline, “A comedy with an edge”, is used. Well, yes, up to a point. David Lindsay-Abaire certainly has a gift for verbal and character comedy that slides in on-demand – a gift ...

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Austen: The Musical – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer/Composer: Rob Winlow Director: Timothy Trimingham Lee Musical Director: Arlene McNaught Reviewer: Ron Simpson Austen – the Musical is an enjoyable, if rather predictable, brief life of Jane Austen, generally close to the mark in biographical facts, refreshingly free of distortion and sensationalism, if with no special insight or originality. It provides a welcome reminder of a much-loved author and ...

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Wuthering Heights – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer/Director: Jane Thornton From the novel by: Emily Brontë Designer: Lucy Weller Reviewer: Ron Simpson How do you condense a novel of over 250 pages, with a dense and complicated story-line, into less than 100 minutes of stage time? In the case of Wuthering Heights, with its generational split halfway through, a common method, used in the famous 1939 film, ...

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It’s Different for Girls – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Director: Becky Hope-Palmer Musical Director: Rachel Barnes Set Designer: Ed Ullyart Costume Designer: Tiffany Wilkinson-Morris Reviewer: Ron Simpson  East Riding Theatre in Beverley has made great progress in less than three years, with a remarkable number of impressive home-grown productions. Resident company, She Productions, a collective of talented young female actors and musicians, has had much to do with that, ...

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Shakers – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Four women in red bow tries

Writers: John Godber, Jane Thornton Director: John Godber Set/Lighting: Graham Kirk Reviewer: Ron Simpson Shakers, written by John Godber and Jane Thornton in 1985 as a sister piece to Godber’s Bouncers, has undergone various re-writes over the years. This latest version, performed by the John Godber Company at the East Riding Theatre, retains the 1980s setting, but is tagged with ...

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