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Hamlet – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Lewendel Set Designer: Curtis C. Trout Costume Designer: Isabella van Braeckel Reviewer: Ron Simpson Icarus Theatre Collective claim that this is Hamlet for the Game of Thrones generation. It’s difficult to work out what this means, but the production style is self-consciously dramatic, the narrative and characters both undeveloped. Of the ideas that Max Lewendel ...

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Orchestra of Opera North: Viennese Whirl – Huddersfield Town Hall

Conductor: Aleksandar Markovic Soloists: Ellie Laugharne (soprano) & Heather Lowe (mezzo soprano) Reviewer: Ron Simpson As with Opera North’s Christmas Concert at Dewsbury, the company’s Viennese Whirl took a popular form and tweaked it, giving the less familiar material an airing and slipping in the occasional more challenging piece before serving up helpings of Sachertorte as 9:30 pm approached. Vienna-style New ...

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Cinderella – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Andrew Pollard Music: Rebekah Hughes Director: Joyce Branagh Reviewer: Ruth Jepson If there is a classic in the land of pantomimes, then it has to be Cinderella. The rags to riches tale of a poor girl, banished to the kitchens by her evil stepsisters, with only the mice and her good friend Buttons for company. That is, until her ...

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Fantastic Dreams and Visions – Huddersfield Town Hall

Pavel Kolesnikov at the Piano

Orchestra: The Orchestra of Opera North Conductor: Aleksandar Markovic Soloist: Pavel Kolesnikov (piano) Reviewer: Ron Simpson Kirklees Council’s bold and far-sighted decision to continue its concert season despite financial cutbacks was rewarded with a well-filled Huddersfield Town Hall for the opening concert of the 2016-2017 season. And, the Orchestra of Opera North, under new Music Director Aleksandar Markovic, drew a ...

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Woman in Mind – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Music: Paul Chamberlain Director: John Cotgrave Reviewer: Ruth Jepson “Nothing is what he is, no one is who he seems…” In the second of two alternating Ayckbourn productions, is the tale of Susan – the titular Woman in Mind – and her two families, one real, one a fantastical hallucination. Following an unfortunateincident with a garden rake, ...

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Invisible Friends – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: John Cotgrave Reviewer: Ruth Jepson You mustn’t talk like that about invisible people. You mustn’t wish ‘em dead! What would you do if your invisible friend not only became suddenly visiblebut also offered to take you away from your boring, grumpy, cares-about-anything-but-you family? Would you stay, or would you wish that your parents and brother would ...

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Tipping Point – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Poster image for Tipping Point

Director: Charlotte Mooney and Tina Koch Music: Adam Ilhan and Quinta Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Never has an audience been so enthralled by a man clipping a hook to a carabiner. To be fair, the hook is at the end of a 15-foot pole, the carabiner is suspended from the ceiling, and, in a moment, five performers are going to be ...

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Chip Shop Chips – Red and Green Club, Huddersfield

Chip Shop Chips - Production Image

Writer: Becky Prestwich Director: Adam Quayle Reviewer: Rich Jevons When the visual and performing arts work with food, it is always a media attention-grabbing ruse, and in fact, this is the second fish and chip supper offered in the name of art in the region in the last year (Mikron Theatre performed One of Each at the Wetherby Whaler). But ...

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