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A Christmas Carol – Leeds Playhouse

Writer: adapted by Deborah McAndrew from the novel by Charles Dickens Music: John Biddle Director: Amy Leach Choreographer: Lucy Cullingford Reviewer: Janet Jepson The former West Yorkshire Playhouse, and indeed the whole area where it stands, is undergoing a makeover and when the re-vamped space re-opens in summer 2019 it will be amazing. In a reversion to its old name, ...

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Jersey Boys – Leeds Grand

Writers: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elise Music: Bob Gaudio Lyrics: Bob Crewe Director: Des McAnuff Choreographer: Sergio Trujillo Reviewer: Janet Jepson The Grand in Leeds is celebrating its 140th anniversary! On the 14th November 1878, this wonderful theatre first opened its doors, showing a production of Much Ado About Nothing. It certainly started something though, and the back catalogue of ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: William Shakespeare Music: Dan Gillespie Sells Director: Robert Hastie Choreographer: Darragh O’Leary Reviewer: Janet Jepson “The course of true love never did run smooth”, so goes the most quoted line from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A sentiment totally echoed in real life, but never so true as in this magical tale of both fairy and human love affairs. It ...

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Fame The Musical – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer: Jose Ferdinandez Music: Steve Margoshes Lyrics: Jacques Levy Director / Choreographer: Nick Winston Musical Supervisor: Mark Crossland Reviewer: Janet Jepson Welcome to the New York City High School for Performing Arts, inhabited by talented students known as the kids from Fame. There are no promises that life here will be easy after all the iconic quote goes, “You want ...

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Summer Holiday: The Musical – The Grand, Leeds

Stage adaptation: Michael Gyngell and Mark Haddigan (based on the film Summer Holiday) Music: Bob Wicks Director and Choreographer: Racky Plews Assistant Director and Choreographer: Blair Anderson Reviewer: Janet Jepson It's summer 1963 and everyone is keen to get away from it all, escape the daily grind and the dreary weather, and go on a Summer Holiday “where the sun ...

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A Brave Face – CAST, Doncaster

Writer / Director: Rachael Savage Music: Janie Armour Choreographer: Rachael Alexander Reviewer: Janet Jepson The United Kingdom has been famous throughout the centuries for its exemplary armed services, defending both the shores of our tiny islands and the wider Commonwealth lands. We take our armed troops somewhat for granted, they have always been there and will be prepared to defend ...

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Sunshine on Leith – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Stephen Greenhorn Music: The Proclaimers Music Supervisor: David Shrubsole Director: James Brining Choreographer: Emily-Jane Boyle Reviewer: Janet Jepson West Yorkshire Playhouse has definitely chosen a winner with Sunshine on Leith, the modern musical based on the songs of the Scottish band The Proclaimers. Although the work was only premiered in 2007, it already has a strong fanbase, probably due ...

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An Officer and a Gentleman the Musical – The Grand, Leeds

Based on the book by Douglas Day Stewart and Sharleen Cooper Cohen Director: Nikolai Foster Choreographer: Kate Prince Musical supervision: Sarah Travis Reviewer: Janet Jepson Wow… just about sums up this wonderful staging of An Officer and a Gentleman from Curve Productions, premiering this week at the Grand Theatre, Leeds. The 1982 film of the same name is an icon ...

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