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The Snow Maiden – The Grand, Leeds

Music:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov               Director: John Fulljames Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Opera North is staging for the first time Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden and is part of the company’s fairy tale season this winter.  The Russian opera premiered in 1882 and was revised in 1898, and is based on Snegurochka, a Russian folk tale.  It follows the story of the Snow Maiden ...

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Beauty & The Beast – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Saint-Saëns, Bizet, Debussy, Poulenc &Glazunov Director/Choreographer: David Nixon Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood David Nixon’s Beauty &The Beast returns to Leeds this Christmas after its successful première back in 2011 and has so far visited four cities on its UK Tour.  Northern Ballet, a winner of the South Bank Sky Arts Dance Award in June this year, is renowned for its ...

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Rocky Horror Show – The Grand, Leeds

Liam Tamne as Franknfurter. Image by Sean Webb

Writer: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Over 43 years ago Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London.  No one then envisaged the musical would become such a hit, with frequent return visits to packed audiences around the world.  The Leeds Grand is no different. This is an experience not to be ...

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Riverdance – The Grand, Leeds

Director: John McColgan Composer: Bill Whelan Producer: Moya Doherty Reviewer: Rich Jevons As Riverdance celebrates its 21st anniversary, it displays all of the energy and dynamic imagination that it possessed in that striking Eurovision Song Contest performance back in 1994. Act one sees the performers coming to terms with the ancient world of the sun and all of the dominion ...

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Northern Ballet: Swan Lake – The Grand, Leeds

Image Credit Emma Kauldhar

Choreography &Costume Design: David Nixon Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Orchestration: John Langstaff Conductor: John Pryce-Jones Reviewer: Rich Jevons   As the centrepiece of Northern Ballet’s revival of the scintillating and sensual Swan Lake, Tobias Batley as Anthony is not merely masterful, but allows his movement to display a whole gamut of emotions: grief and guilt over the drowning of his ...

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L’elisir d’amore – Grand Theatre, Leeds

Freddie Butterfield as Dulcamara’s Boy, Richard Burkhard as Dulcamara and the Chorus of Opera North

Music: Gaetano Donizetti Director: Daniel Slater Choreographer: Tim Claydon Conductor: Tobias Ringborg Reviewer: Rich Jevons Donizetti’s romantic comedy L’elisir d’amore premiered in Milan in 1832 and was first performed by Opera North at the Leeds Grand in 1983, also where the first showing of this production took place in 2000. Daniel Slater, who previously worked with Opera North on The ...

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Andrea Cheniér – The Grand, Leeds

The cast of Opera North's Andrea Chenier

Music: Umberto Giodarno Libretto: Luigi Illica Director: Annabel Arden Conductor: Oliver von Dohnányl Reviewer: Rich Jevons The action, set in revolutionary France, starts at the Château de Coigny where we find servant Gerard secretly in love with the lady of the house, Madeleine. We are introduced to the guests as they enter, including an Abbé who reports with news back ...

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Opera North: Jenůfa – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Leoš Janáček Director: Tom Cairns Choreographer: Aletta Collins Conductor: Aleksander Markovićl Reviewer: Tom Tollett In these cash-strapped times, Opera North are discovering a plethora of wonders at the back of the drawer. Recently, the welcome re-vamp of Giles Havergal's production of The Barber of Seville from 1986 and now, Tom Cairns' equally memorable 1995 Jenůfa. It is said that ...

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