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Hamlet – Leeds Playhouse

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Amy Leach Reviewer: Jay Nuttall The play is the thing in Amy Leach’s solid production of Hamlet, as Leeds Playhouse’s ensemble season continues in their pop-up space while the theatre continues redevelopment. This radically cut-down, easily digestible version of Shakespeare’s masterpiece places story first and foremost and injects a pace that can very often be the ...

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Random – Leeds Playhouse

Writer: Debbie Tucker Green Director:  Gbolahan Obisesan Reviewer: Rich Jevons Debbie Tucker Green's Random benefits from a script that combines the everyday with the sensational without giving up its gritty realism and compulsive drama. Yes, there is much tragedy here, but always complemented with the West Indians' nuclear family's sense of normality. Max Johns' set is made up of stacked-up ...

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Not Such Quiet Girls – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Writer: Jessica Walker Musical Director: Joseph Atkins Director: Jacqui Honess-Martin Reviewer: Ron Simpson Opera North’s commemoration of the end of the Great War peaks with two premieres in two nights: the world premiere of Not Such Quiet Girls and the UK premiere of Silent Night. For these, the Chorus is divided by gender and in Not Such Quiet Girls, a ...

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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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The Things We Wouldn’t Otherwise Find – The Leeds Library

Writer: Emma Adams Director: Tess Seddon Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Leeds Playhouse’s Pop-Up season continues to see work being performed in new spaces across the city whilst the building undergoes a dramatic scheme of regeneration in the latest chapter for the theatre. This has opened the doors for other locations to act as host during this period, including The Leeds Library. ...

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Partition – Leeds Playhouse

Writer: Nick Ahad Director: Stefan Escreet Reviewer: Rich Jevons Leeds-based writer Nick Ahad's radio drama Partition has returned to Leeds Playhouse after a sell-out debut at the venue in 2017, before being broadcast on BBC Radio Leeds. The new cast of four actors – Sushil Cludasama, Balviner Sopal, Mez Galaria and Luke Walker - take on a range of characters ...

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Airplays – The Venue, Leeds College of Music

Music: The Northern Contemporary Collective Director: Kash Arshad Writers: Kamal Kaan, Chris O'Connor, Emma Barnes, Gemma Bedeau Reviewer: Rich Jevons Airplays is a response to the theme of migration in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the landing of the Empire Windrush. It showcases four brand new 15-minute radio dramas by Yorkshire based writers. It is seen live on stage ...

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Europe – Leeds Playhouse

Writer: David Greig Director: James Brining Reviewer: Jay Nuttall For the last couple of years, there hasn’t been a day gone by without Brexit being front page news. It is no surprise, therefore, that David Greig’s Europe is being staged by Leeds Playhouse as the UK’s departure from the European Union looms. A timely yet timeless play it has much ...

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