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INTERVIEW: Conrad Nelson…on The Winter’s Tale

Conrad Nelson’s long career at Northern Broadsides has taken in directing (Hamlet) or playing the lead rôle (Richard III among others) in several iconic Shakespeare plays. In The Winter’s Tale, he combines the two, playing Leontes as well as directing, as he explained to Ron Simpson. Is this the first time you’ve directed and taken the lead rôle for Northern ...

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King Lear – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Jo Beggs   So…it seems Barrie Rutter (that’s Rutter to you and me), advocate of all things Yorkshire, Founder and Director of Northern Broadsides, and one of the hardest working actors in the industry, has reached this point in his career. Old enough to play Lear, young enough to still have the stamina ...

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King Lear – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Johnathan Miller Reviewer: Vicki Goodwin   Family conflicts are a common occurrence for most of us, yet thankfully few happen on the scale of Shakespeare's King Lear. Unhappy with what the King sees as a lack of fatherly devotion in his youngest daughter Cordelia, he feels compelled to rather brutally cut her off, foolishly placing his ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Deborah McAndrew

Deborah McAndrew is best known in Yorkshire for her multitude of successful plays for two companies: Northern Broadsides (most recently last year’s award-winning An August Bank Holiday Lark) and Mikron Theatre Company. The Public Reviews’ Ron Simpson talks to her about her next play One of Each, which opens at Mikron’s Marsden Mechanics base on 2nd May 2015. How did ...

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King Lear – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Jackson Lawrence The Northern Broadsides theatre company prides itself on retelling classics with a northern voice. The actors speak in their own accents and King Lear is delivered with the same rustic, rugged charm of the north. The show is blunt, honest, simple. However, in a play that is centuries old, which has ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Northern Broadsides Barrie Rutter

The Public Reviews’ Rich Jevons talks to Barrie Rutter, Founder and Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides, about his forthcoming performance as the lead rôle in a Jonathan Miller directed King Lear, following their successful collaboration in Rutherford &Son. How have rehearsals been going? It’s about story-telling and story-acting. Jonathan Miller’s direction is an absolute forensic examination of the human experience, ...

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She Stoops to Conquer – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Oliver Goldsmith Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin   We all know that the path of true love does not run smoothly. But in Oliver Goldsmith’s case it is dented by deceit, pockmarked with potholes of pretence and gives its travellers a massive green-light to over-act their socks off. Northern Broadsides offers us a bomb-burst of colour, confusion and ...

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She Stoops to Conquer – Viaduct Theatre, Halifax

Writer: Oliver Goldsmith Director: Conrad Nelson Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer is a rarity, being a humorous play of the 18th century still regularly performed today. It’s an obvious choice for award-winning company Northern Broadsides, with their avowed intent to breathe new life into classical texts. At home in Liberty Hall, Mr. ...

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