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Much Ado about Nothing – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Conrad Nelson Designer: Lis Evans Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Reviewer: Ron Simpson If you’re going to update Shakespeare, then it needs thinking through – costumes and hair-styles are not enough – and Northern Broadsides’ transference of Much Ado about Nothing to somewhere in England at the end of World War Two is a complete and highly ...

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INTERVIEW: Conrad Nelson talks Much Ado About Nothing, his special relationship with Northern Broadsides and mixing with Hollywood A-Listers

Actor, musician and director, Conrad Nelson has been associated with Halifax based theatre company, Northern Broadsides for over 20 years. The Company, founded by acting legend and professional northerner, Barrie Rutter, is a unique theatre company with a truly authentic northern voice. Its work is characterised by a high degree of theatrical inventiveness and robust performances from Northern actors who ...

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Whisky Galore – Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

Writer: Compton Mackenzie Adaptor: Philip Goulding Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Donna Kelly As Britain marks 100 years since women first gained the right to vote, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Hull Truck Theatre and New Vic Theatre present a brand new, all-female adaptation of Compton Mackenzie’s comedy classic Whisky Galore. Set in 1955, Whiskey Galore tells the story of the islanders of ...

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The Pitmen Painters – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme

Writer: Lee Hall Director: Gwenda Hughes Reviewer: Carol Lovatt An association between pitmen and painters does not automatically spring to mind, well, not painting as in artistic pursuit, as in creatively applying paint to canvas, but The Pitmen Painters currently in residence at the New Vic Theatre challenges the misconception as it tells the story of a group of pre-war ...

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Beryl – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Maxine Peake Director: Gemma Fairlie Reviewer: Carol Lovatt It seems fitting to write a review of Beryl by Maxine Peake on International Women’s Day. The world-beating cyclist Beryl Burton from Yorkshire, was a woman who soared to incredible sporting highs at a time when women were not taken seriously in the competitive cycling world,  In fact, it was Beryl ...

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Cyrano – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Writer: Edmond Rostand Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall Both heart-warming and heart-breaking in equal measure, this adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac is a poetic delight. Taking a classic and reimagining it into a culturally relevant piece of art is no mean feat, yet Northern Broadsides consistently achieve this through their adaptations. Cyrano is ...

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The Snow Queen – New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Hans Christian Anderson Adaptor &Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Carol Lovatt The Snow Queen is a fitting offering from the New Vic as the festive season begins to bite.  It is a play that encapsulates the iciness of the temperatures outside but within is the warmth of a story based on hope. The Snow Queen was written by Hans Christian ...

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When We Are Married – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Writer: J.B Priestley Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Carol Lovatt J B Priestley’s When We Are Married is a comic masterpiece and a wry observation on the joys and perils of that great institution, marriage.  Most famed for the classic An Inspector Calls, Priestly proved in his time that he was a maestro of wide ability in his capacity to dramatise ...

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