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The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: C.S. Lewis Director: Sally Cookson Puppetry Director: Craig Leo Designer: Rae Smith Composer/MD: Benji Bower Reviewer: Holly Spanner The creative team at the West Yorkshire Playhouse are known for their spectacular Christmas productions (who can forget Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a production so successful it went on to tour the UK), and Sally Cookson’s adaptation of The Lion, the ...

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For Love or Money – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Blake Morrison, adapted from Alain-René Lesage’s Turcaret Music: Conrad Nelson Director: Barrie Rutter Choreographer: Beverley Norris-Edmunds Reviewer: Sue Collier This Northern Broadsides production is set in 1920’s Yorkshire. We are introduced to the once grand but now sparsely furnished and dilapidated home of the manipulative widow Rose. Rose is considering the merits of two men. Should she choose the ...

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The Crucible – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: James Brining Reviewer: Sue Collier The Crucible was first staged in 1953, and is a powerful account of a terrible period of American history – the Salem witch trials of 17th-century Massachusetts. This drama was greatly inspired by Arthur Miller’s personal experience of being the subject of paranoid anti-communist investigations conducted by the House Un-American Activities ...

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Betty Blue Eyes – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Alan Bennett Music: George Stiles Lyrics: Anthony Drewe Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Sue Collier Betty Blue Eyes is a musical comedy based on the marvellous 1984 film‘A Private Function’ which starred Maggie Smith and Michael Palin. While this is quite a cast to live up to, this challenge was more than met during a lively performance in Leeds where ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Music: Conrad Nelson Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Sue Collier It is 1914. Everyone has stopped working at the mill and they are excitedly preparing for ‘Wakes Week’, the celebration of the Rushbearing Festival. The local Morris Dancing team are rehearsing for their parade through the village and the Rush Wagon is piled high with cut reeds, on ...

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Phoenix Dance Theatre 2014 – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Artistic Director: Sharon Watson Choreography: Didy Veldman, Ivgi &Greben, Darshan Singh Bhuller Reviewer: S.E. Webster At the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the spring season of theatre is in full sway and Leeds based dance company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, have returned to the Playhouse with a new andexciting mixed programme. The programme consists of three different routines; beginning with See Through, an ...

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Beautiful Burnout – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Bryony Lavery Production Manager: David Harraway Designer: Laura Hopkins Music: Underworld Reviewer: S. E. Webster [rating:3] The Quarry Theatre is one of the most versatile theatre spaces I have ever had the privilege of visiting on a regular basis – each time it is transformed into a new and refreshing stage, pushing production teams to the limit, and of ...

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