Home / Tag Archives: Leeds (page 37)

Tag Archives: Leeds

Refugee Boy – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Benjamin Zephaniah Adaptor: Lemn Sissay Director: Gail McIntyre Reviewer: Laura Stimpson [rating:3.5] Published in 2001, Benjamin Zephaniah’s novel Refugee Boy has become a favourite piece of literature for school children learning about race equality. It is a fictional, powerful account of a boy who leaves Ethiopia during the war in the late 90’s. West Yorkshire Playhouse is the venue ...

Read More »

The Thing About Psychopaths – Carriageworks, Leeds

Writer: Ben Tagoe Director: Rod Dixon Designer: Signe Beckmann Reviewer: Katie Lee [rating:3] ‘Real men are in control of their destiny’, or real psychopaths as this new play by Red Ladder Theatre Company explores. The Thing About Psychopaths is an examination of how the human instinct to survive is changing in an increasingly capitalist society. The local company, Red Ladder, ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

Doctor Faustus – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Director: Dominic Hill Playwrights: Christopher Marlowe and Colin Teevan Reviewer: Rosie Revell [Rating:4] The Doctor Faustus currently on show at West Yorkshire Playhouse is every bit as dark and comically tragic as author Christopher Marlowe intended back in 1604 when the show was first performed. The scenes definitely attributed to Marlowe are skilfully bookended with specially commissioned new scenes by ...

Read More »

The Zero Hour – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writers and Directors: Andrew Quick &Pete Brooks Video Design: Simon Wainwright &Andrew Crofts Music: Jeremy Peyton Jones Reviewer: S. E. Webster [rating:2.5] Reading the pre-show blurb to The Zero Hour on the West Yorkshire Playhouse website, one would not be ridiculed for anticipating a World War II version of Sliding Doors. The plot of the 1998 film, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, ...

Read More »

Sex and Docks and Rock N Roll – City Varieties, Leeds

Director: Rod Dixon Writter: Boff Whalley Reviewer: Sara Jackson [Rating: 3.5] Red Ladder revisit their Rock’n’Roll Musical after a successful run in January this year, this time with Artistic Director Rod Dixon taking to the stage. Chumbawamba’s Boff Walley shows here that he has more than just a flair for music, with his witty and biting humour coupled with a ...

Read More »

The Nutcracker – Grand Theatre, Leeds

Director and choreographer: David Nixon Composer: Tchaikovsky Musical director: John Pryce-Jones Lighting designer: Mark Jonathan Set designer: Charles Cusick Smith Reviewer: Laura Stimpson [rating:4] What a privilege to see The Nutcracker, performed by Northern Ballet on the 120th anniversary of its (not very successful) St Petersburg premiere in 1892. The Nutcracker was commissioned following the success of Tchaikovsky’s previous ballet, ...

Read More »

The Wind in the Willows – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Book: Kenneth Grahame Adaptor: Alan Bennett Director: Ian Brown Designer: Colin Richmond Reviewer: Rosie Revell [Rating:5] Welcome to the riverbank. A world inhabited by charming woodland creatures; Mole, Ratty, Badger and the inimitable Mr Toad. Their adventures blow through and provide yet another festive treat from the West Yorkshire Playhouse this Christmas. It is a story with great pedigree; based ...

Read More »