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Victoria – Leeds Grand

Choreography, Direction & Scenario: Cathy Marston Dramaturgy & Scenario: Uzma Hameed Music: Philip Feeney Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Queen Victoria is most notably recognised as an iconic elderly lady who spent most of her life in mourning for her late husband Albert. Previously the longest-serving monarch in British history until Elizabeth II stole her great-great-grandmother’s crown in 2015. In celebration of ...

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The Rite of Spring/ Gianni Schicchi – Leeds Grand

The Rite of Spring Music: Igor Stravinsky Choreographer: Jeanguy Saintus Gianni Schicchi Music: Giacomo Puccini Director: Christopher Alden Conductor: Garry Walker Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood This production marks the first-ever collaboration between Opera North and Phoenix Dance Company.  Garry Walker conducts both Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi in the company of Opera North’s orchestra.  In another first, 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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Katya Kabanova – Leeds Grand

Music/Libretto: Leoš Janáček Director: Tim Albery Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Janáček’s Katya Kabanova returns to Opera North’s repertoire for the winter season after this production premiered in 2007. This three-act opera is based on V. Červinka’s translation of Ostrovsky’s The Storm which exposes the societal attitudes among the Russian’s merchant class. Set by the Volga River, the opera is about Katya ...

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Kes – Leeds Playhouse

Writer: Barry Hines. Adapted for the stage by Robert Alan Edwards Director: Martin Leonard Reviewer: Sue Collier This 70-minute, one-act play is an adaptation of the powerful 1968 Barry Hines novel A Kestrel for a Knave. The story of 15-year-old Billy Casper is set in South Yorkshire. Billy’s life is lonely and bleak. He lives with his mother and adult ...

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The Magic Flute – Leeds Grand

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder Director: James Brining Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood This popular two-act opera makes a return after ten years, albeit a new production where James Brining, Leeds Playhouse’s artistic director, makes his opera directing debut. The Magic Flute premiered in 1791, set to Emanuel Schikaneder’s libretto - loosely linked to fairy stories written at the time.  Unlike ...

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Cinderella – City Varieties, Leeds

Director: Matt Aston Writer: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Tired of hearing Princesses sing Let It Go, or This is Me? Want a bit more rock and roll with your Pantomime? But still after that traditional feel? Cinderella The Rock n' Roll Panto in Leeds is definitely the show for you! The story has been tweaked slightly – Cinderella (Grace ...

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Ballet Cymru – Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Writer: Dylan Thomas Music: Cerys Matthews MBE, Mason Neely Choreographer: Darius James, Amy Doughty Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Ballet Cymru’s festive offering is A Child’s Christmas, Poems and Tiger Eggs, a reworking of the poems of Dylan Thomas by Cerys Matthews. Whilst spending Christmas in South Carolina in 2015, Matthews’ love of Dylan Thomas was reawakened and she was inspired to ...

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