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Kiss Me Kate – The Grand, Leeds

Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter Director: Jo Davies Conductor: David Charles Abell Reviewer: Tom Tollett Jo Davies' splendid new production of Kiss Me, Kate, Cole Porter's famous take on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, is a triumph from beginning to end. Not only can it claim first-rate vocals, acting and dancing from principals and chorus alike, but Davies' careful ...

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Dance ‘Til Dawn – The Grand, Leeds

Book: Ed Curtis Director: Karen Bruce Music &Orchestrator: Chris Egan Reviewer: Rich Jevons The show is introduced by Terry Kempner as Private Investigator Tommy Dubrowski who serves as narrator and comic relief throughout this scintillating show. He has in his possession compromising pictures of film star Bobby Burns, causing the lovely Lana Clemenza to become “not happy” and uses her ...

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La Vida Breve / Gianni Schicchi – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Manuel de Fella, Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Carlos Fernández Shaw,Giovacchino Forzona Director: Christopher Alden Conductor: Jac van Steen Reviewer: Rich Jevons Director Christopher Alden is very much the auteur in this successful revival of Manuel de Falla’s La vida breve (it was first performed by Opera North in 2004). Johan Engels’ set is revealed as a corrugated iron sweat shop ...

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Opera North: The Bartered Bride – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Bedřich Smetana Libretto: Karel Sabina, English translation by Leonard Hancock and David Pountney with dialogue by Daniel Slater Director: Daniel Slater Conductor: Anthony Kraus Reviewer: Rich Jevons Right from the intro of Bedřich Smetana’s beautiful overture against a screen of graffiti-ridden notices for a Czech national holiday, we know we are in for a full-blown romantic comedy with a ...

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Opera North: The Coronation of Poppea – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Claudio Monteverdi et al Libretto: Giovanni Francesco Busenello English translation: Tim Albery Director: Tim Albery Conductor: Laurence Cummings Reviewer: Rich Jevons It’s first century AD Rome and the Fates are playing games with mere mortals. It’s a case of Amore (Emilie Renard) using Cupid’s arrows to prove to the goddesses of Fortune (Ciara Hendrick) and Virtue (Claire Pascoe) that ...

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NEWS: 100 Years on, but never forgotten

100 years ago, Britain had entered into the First World War. It was a war which would claim the lives of over 16 million people and injuring a further 20 million, making it one of the deadliest conflicts in recorded history. This season, theatres in Leeds are remembering the lives and stories of those who served throughout the First World ...

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Noises Off – Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House

Writer: Michael Frayn Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Audrey Pointer [rating:5] Famously featuring a play within a play, Michael Frayn's Noises Off is an award-winning farce in three parts - all three parts are entitled Act One in the programme (which is itself a programme within a programme). This production of Michael Frayn’s astonishingly well-crafted comedy classic is on tour from ...

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The Great Gatsby – Leeds Grand Theatre

Book: Based on the novel by F Scott Fitzgerald Choreographer, Director &Costume Designer: David Nixon, OBE Set Designer: Jérôme Kaplan Music: Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, CBE Musical Director: John Pryce Jones Reviewer: S. E. Webster [rating:4.5] In spite of the fact that 2013 is not a landmark year after the death of F Scott Fitzgerald, who died in 1940, it ...

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