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Dare Devil Rides to Jarama – Studio Theatre, Harrogate

Writer: Neil Gore Director: Louise Townsend Musical Director: John Kirkpatrick Lighting Designer: Daniella Beattie Reviewer: Ron Simpson With Townsend Productions you know what to expect: an important left-wing subject, an entertaining, involving and informative mix of song, comedy and serious agitprop, two men in their time playing many parts (and several instruments), an ingenious production by Louise Townsend that disguises ...

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The LadyKillers – The Coliseum, Oldham

Writer: Graham Linehan Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard Having been a hit in at the Liverpool Playhouse and in the West End previously, it is time for the Coliseum in association with Harrogate Theatre,to present this adaptation of the 1955 Ealing Studios film of the same name. When lovely old widow Mrs Wilberforce (Roberta Kerr) advertises a room to ...

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The Maids – Studio Theatre, Harrogate

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Writer: Jean Genet Director: Michael White Designer: Irene Jade Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Maids is a mystery, not in the sense of The Mousetrap that occupied Harrogate Theatre’s main auditorium the previous week, but in the difficulty in determining what Jean Genet’s play really means. Murder, incest, lesbianism and sadomasochism nudge their way into the text, along with much more ...

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The Debt Collectors – Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

Woman in space suit

Writer : John Godber Director : Keith Hukin Reviewer: Michael Gray   Loz and Spud (not their real names) were actors once. Nothing stellar, just living hand to mouth in a world of profit shares and corporates, lap dancing, cruise ships and a voice-over for Kwik-Fit. A stint in The Bill the pinnacle. Their last show together was The Dumb ...

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The Great Gatsby – Harrogate Theatre

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Writer: F Scott Fitzgerald, stage adaptation by Stephen Sharkey Music: Ellie Verkerk Director: Eliot Giuralarocca Choreographer: Bronya Deutsch Reviewer: Janet Jepson You can’t repeat the past Nick Carroway warns the wealthy Great Jay Gatsby, but we have to wonder if the lavish parties and decadent lifestyle mean that Gatsby is trying to do just that, or merely aiming to wipe ...

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A Murder is Announced – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: Agatha Christieadapted for the stage by Leslie Darbon Director: Michael Lunney Reviewer: Sue Collier Agatha Christie wrote more than seventy detective novels about the now famous detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. In December 1926, aged 36, she became rather like one of the characters involved in the plots within her own books, when she mysteriously disappeared from her ...

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Aladdin – Harrogate Theatre

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Writers: Phil Lowe and David Bown Director: Phil Lowe Designer: Foxton Reviewer: Ron Simpson As always Harrogate Theatre’s pantomime is crammed with traditional features, to the delight of the youthful audience. On the other hand, Phil Lowe and David Bown’s script contains plenty of new elements: Abanazar becomes a would-be master criminal and twin to the Emperor of China, Agent ...

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INTERVIEW: Conrad Nelson…on The Winter’s Tale

Conrad Nelson’s long career at Northern Broadsides has taken in directing (Hamlet) or playing the lead rôle (Richard III among others) in several iconic Shakespeare plays. In The Winter’s Tale, he combines the two, playing Leontes as well as directing, as he explained to Ron Simpson. Is this the first time you’ve directed and taken the lead rôle for Northern ...

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