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Brassed Off – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Mark Herman Adaptor: Paul Allen Director: Conrad Nelson           Reviewer: Mel Duncan Revived in recognition of the 30-year anniversary of the 1984 miner’s strike, Brassed Off has been enjoying the limelight in performances, professional and amateur, up and down the country.  The poignant tale of a community brought to their knees by a Government not fully understanding the implications of decisions ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

Writers: Phil Lowe and David Bown Director: Phil Lowe Reviewer: Ruth Jepson It's December, which means it's time to put the tree up, sip mulled wine, and head to the theatre for the best part of Christmas: The Pantomime! Jack and the Beanstalk at Harrogate Theatre has been given a modern twist by reimagining the titular hero as a heroine. ...

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Hard Times – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptation: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Charles Dickens wrote the novel Hard Times in 1854. Set in Coketown, the North of England, he outlined the society at the time and criticised the social and economic conditions.  Northern Broadsides brings Deborah McAndrew’s colourful stage adaptation to the West Yorkshire Playhouse, as part of a UK ...

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Hard Times – Liverpool Playhouse Theatre

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Matthew Forrest When you think of the stories of Charles Dickens, Hard Times probably doesn’t register on most people’s top five or even top ten, of his best-loved works. So bearing this in mind, full credit must be given to Northern Broadsides, in particular, writer Deborah McAndrew, for transferring this ...

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Hard Times – Lowry Theatre,Salford

Writer: Charles Dickens Adapted by: Deborah McAndrew Director and Composer: Conraad Nelson Reviewer: Helen Jones Charles Dicken's tenth novel, Hard Times, was first published between April and August 1854 in twenty installments in Dicken's own weekly publication Household Words. Set in a fictionalised Northern mill town, possibly based on Preston, which Dickens had recently visited, it is a view on ...

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Brassed Off – Oldham Coliseum

Brassed Off at Oldham Collesium

Writer: Mark Herman Adaptor: Paul Allen Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Iain Sykes The appearance of Brassed Off on the schedules of Oldham Coliseum is a regular occurrence. Three productions of the play, adapted by Paul Allen from Mark Herman’s screenplay for the 1996 film of the same name, have graced the boards here in the last eleven years, and the ...

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She Stoops to Conquer – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Oliver Goldsmith Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin   We all know that the path of true love does not run smoothly. But in Oliver Goldsmith’s case it is dented by deceit, pockmarked with potholes of pretence and gives its travellers a massive green-light to over-act their socks off. Northern Broadsides offers us a bomb-burst of colour, confusion and ...

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She Stoops to Conquer – Viaduct Theatre, Halifax

Writer: Oliver Goldsmith Director: Conrad Nelson Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer is a rarity, being a humorous play of the 18th century still regularly performed today. It’s an obvious choice for award-winning company Northern Broadsides, with their avowed intent to breathe new life into classical texts. At home in Liberty Hall, Mr. ...

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