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Beauty and the Beast – Grand Opera House, York

Director: Stuart Wade Musical Director: Dean McDermott Choreographer: Emily Taylor Reviewer: Mark Clegg Although not a fairy tale that traditionally received the panto treatment, Beauty and the Beast has become increasingly popular to adapt following Disney’s 1991 movie. Having this production coincide with this year’s release of the live-action remake has been a canny business decision and although the basic ...

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Tosca – Grand Opera House, York

Music: Giacomo Puccini Lyrics: Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa Director: Ellen Kent Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood For one night only, Opera &Ballet International presented Ellen Kent’s Tosca at York’s Grand Opera House, starring an international cast of soloists and a critically acclaimed orchestra. Tosca is adapted fromVictorien Sardou’s five act dramaLa Tosca, a French play exploring true love, jealousy, betrayal, torture, murder ...

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Avenue Q – Grand Opera House, York

Avenue Q cast 2016 tour

Writer: Jeff Whitty Music and Lyrics: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Director/Choreographer: Cressida Carre Reviewer: Janet Jepson It’s furry, funny, fuzzy, naughty and definitely one to see, welcome to Avenue Q! This is a musical unlike any other. Eleven extremely talented human performers tread the boards, but hardly anyone notices them. The limelight is well and truly stolen by their ...

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Love Me Tender – Grand Opera House, York

Directed by: Karen Bruce Musical Supervisor &Orchestrator: Matt Spencer-Smith Reviewer: Rich Jevons It is always a pleasure to review at the Grand Opera House in York; it boasts welcoming staff, a beautiful auditorium and an enthusiastic audience appreciating the sheer spectacle of this magical musical. The show kicks off with an all-singing, all-dancing rendition of ‘Jailhouse Rock’ set in a ...

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East is East – Grand Opera House, York

Writer: Ayub Khan Din Music: Alex Baranowski Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Janet Jepson “Being Pakistani is more than just a religion” declares Maneer in a heartfelt rant against his all-controlling father, ‘George’ Khan. Maneer is satisfied with his religion, but wants more freedom to make his own decisions in life. The rest of the Khan brood, his five brothers and ...

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Derren Brown: Miracle – Grand Opera House, York

Writers: Derren Brown, Andy Nyman &Andrew O'Connor Director: Andy Nyman, Andrew O'Connor Set Designer: Simon Higlett Lighting Designer: Tim Mascall Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Derren Brown is here to remind us just why, after 13 years of touring, BAFTA and Olivier awards, record breaking ratings and dozens of TV shows he remains the master of illusion. As ever he requests that ...

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The History Boys – Grand Opera House, York

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Alan Bennett’s multi award winning The History Boys is currently playing to theatres nationwide. It is about a class of eight boys who have sat their A’ Levels and are staying an extra term with an aim of getting into Oxford University. Set in the 1980s, and era recognised by the ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet – Grand Opera House, York

Choreographers: Sir Frederick Ashton, Alexander Whitley, Sir Kenneth MacMillan. Designer: Anthony Ward, Jean-Marc Puissant, Ian Spurling Music: Daniel Auber (arranged and orchestrated by Constant Lambert), Phil Kilne, Scott Joplin &others. Conductors: Philip Ellis and Jonathan Higgins. Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent The Birmingham Royal ballet have selected three completely contrasting pieces for their Northern tour. This is a fantastic way to demonstrate ...

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