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Viennese Whirl – Town Hall, Leeds

Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Conductor: Justin Brown Soloist: Jeni Bern (soprano) Reviewer: Ron Simpson The model for all the Straussian celebrations in the New Year is, of course, the Vienna Philharmonic’s concert on New Year’s Day and, by the time of Justin Brown’s third concert with the Orchestra of Opera North, we had nearly got to the day itself. ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Last Siren – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Director: Ksenija Krnajski Reviewer: David Keane Being the only one of her kind left, the titular last siren wanders her beach, lamenting the past with only flotsam and debris as company. Her sister has departed and she has been driven demented by loneliness. The siren (Lauren Kinsella) has no one to listen to her and no one to listen to; ...

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HMS Pinafore – Hackney Empire, London

Writers: W.S. Gilbert &A.S Sullivan Director: Sasha Regan Reviewer: Thom Finch Deep in the hull of a World War 2 battleship the crew are telling a story. Using just a few bunk beds, a piece of rope and some makeshift costumes the group transform their humdrum dorm into a world of romance, patriotism and high jinx. Set aboard the eponymous ...

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The Mikado – Tabard Theatre, London

Music: Arthur Sullivan Words: William Schwenck Gilbert Director: Matthew Johnson Reviewer: Edie R [rating:3] Not-so-breaking news: “The Mikado” is still funny. Transported by the “Pulling Focus” company to a Japanese golf course, and performed by a tiny cast and an even smaller group of musicians, the comedy and hummable melodies of Gilbert &Sullivan’s most popular operetta ensure that this fairly ...

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Ruddigore – Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Music: Arthur Sullivan Words: William Schwenck Gilbert Director: Jo Davies Conductor: Timothy Henty Reviewer: Edie R [rating:4.5]   When Ruddygore, the tenth Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, opened in January 1887, its composer Arthur Sullivan recorded that “the audience showed dissatisfaction”; and the comic double-act embarked on a programme of revisions, cuts and plot re-workings to rectify their reception, even altering ...

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