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Kiss Me Kate – London Coliseum

Music and lyrics: Cole Porter Book: Bella and Samuel Spewack Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Stephen Bates Is it possible that what can no longer be spoken can still be sung? The Taming of the Shrew, once one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, is now rarely seen in our theatres, seemingly swept away on a tide of political correctness. On the ...

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Kiss Me Kate – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Bella and Samuel Spewack  Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter     Directors: Jo Davies/Ed Goggin Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Opera North’s Kiss Me Kate returns to the Leeds Grand Theatre after its successful revival back in 2015.  This acclaimed production, in collaboration with Welsh National Opera, makes a short stop in Leeds before transferring to the London Coliseum.  Kiss Me Kate premiered ...

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A Night at the Opera – Millennium Square, Leeds

Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Conductors: Jessica Cottis/James Holmes Soloists: Jeni Bern (soprano)/Quirijn de Lang (baritone) Reviewer: Ron Simpson A Night at the Opera, the second event of the three-night Opera North in the City Festival, showed once again the canniness of the company’s programming. The evening was not perfect: the orchestral sound conjured up for the outdoor performance was ...

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Out Of Order – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Shaun Williamson and Andrew Hall in Out of Order

Writer: Ray Cooney Director: Ray Cooney Reviewer: Dan English Ray Cooney’s revival of his 1990 farce, Out Of Order,  strikes a particular political chord just days before the General Election as it reaches Dartford as part of its UK Tour. Together in affection, divided by political loyalty, Richard (Jeffrey Harmer) and Jane’s (Susie Amy) liaison comes to a sudden halt when ...

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Out of Order – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Shaun Williamson and Andrew Hall in Out of Order

Writer & Director: Ray Cooney OBE Reviewer: Harriet Brace “Do you think I could go out and come back in again?” The immortal tagline of any bad day is instantly relatable, echoes with resigned frustration – and perfectly sums up Ray Cooney’s theatrical farce Out of Order. The award-winning dramedy follows the misfortunes of junior minister Richard Willey, whose roguish ...

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Out of Order – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Shaun Williamson and Andrew Hall in Out of Order

Writer & Director: Ray Cooney Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Ray Cooney is, surely, the master of British farce, writing many for the West End. And all are very British in nature, poking fun at our betters as they get into, and try to extricate themselves from, sticky situations. We can feel superior to the characters, some of whom are the authors of ...

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Kiss Me Kate – Liverpool Empire

Quirijn de Lang and Jeni Bern in Kiss Me Kate

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter Book: Bella and Samuel Spewack Director: Jo Davies Conductor: James Holmes Reviewer: John Roberts Last year the Welsh National Opera brought their dark and foreboding production of Sweeney Todd to the Empire, this year to celebrate Shakespeare's 400th Celebrations the company bring a vibrant and engaging (if a little too long) revival of Cole Porter's Kiss Me ...

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The Boys in the Band – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Mart Crowley Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Stephen Bates When Mart Crowley's play The Boys in the Band opened in New York in 1968, it raised many eyebrows, but, today, the only thing shocking about it is the factthat anyone ever saw it as shocking. The play centres on a raucous birthdayparty to whichMichael (Ian Hallard) has invitedfive other gay ...

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