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A Streetcar Named Desire – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Tennessee Williams Produced by: Secret Theatre Director: Sean Holmes Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Secret theatre are so secretive that they don’t give you any information about their plays. In the case of their first few shows in London, this has even included the name of the show, although that isn’t the case in their current tour. A Streetcar Named Desire ...

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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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Dracula – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Music: Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Michael Daugherty, Sergei Rachmaninov Choreographer and Director: David Nixon Reviewer: Ruth Jepson From Twilight, to Vampire Diaries via True Blood and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, there’s no denying that the undead are big business. With all the modern incarnations of vampiric deeds, it’s often easy to forget where it all began. Although tales of vampires ...

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CD REVIEW: One Touch of Venus

Reviewer: Holly Spanner The words “long overdue” can truly be applied to this album. One Touch of Venus is the first complete recording of this Kurt Weill musical since its debut at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway in 1943. Loosely following the Greek myth where sculptor Pygmalion falls in love with his statue, the narrative follows Venus of Anatolia; a ...

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NEWS: To Kill a Mockingbird transfers to Barbican

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s highly successful production of To Kill a Mockingbird will transfer to London’s Barbican theatre in July 2015 after its UK tour. Robert Sean Leonard will return to the rôle of Atticus Finch for the Barbican run. The production original opened in Regent’s park in 2013 becoming a sell-out success. The show returned as part of ...

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The Mousetrap – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Ian Watt-Smith Reviewer: Janet Jepson Mention The Mousetrap penned by Agatha Christie, and most theatregoers will know that it’s famous for being the longest-running show of any kind in the history of British theatre. It has played with a variety of casts, made up of well-known actors and not so well-known for 62 years – almost ...

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Shrek The Musical – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Lindsay and Cameron Sykes After a Wickedly triumphant run of a previous west end musical, Leeds Grand leaves down the green carpet to welcome in Shrek The Musical on the first leg of its first UK tour. If you don’t know the story of Shrek the green ...

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