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Moishe’s Bagel: Salt for Svanetia – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Poster Image of Moishe's Bagel

Film Director: Mikhail Kalatozov Music: Moishe’s Bagel Reviewer: Ron Simpson   It’s all in the programming. The programmers at Opera North deserve credit for providing Leeds with an unusual, entertaining and thought-provoking evening, but the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema deserve even more for originally uniting the exciting and accomplished Scottish-based five-piece Moishe’s Bagel, with a classic of silent cinema. ...

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Great Expectations – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Jane Asher as Miss Havisham. Photographer Idil Sukan

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptation: Michael Eaton Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Rich Jevons This staging of Great Expectations is an epic production of the much-loved Dickens classic rags-to-riches tale. Cleverly adapted by Michael Eaton, it has been truncated into some fifty scenes. The show benefits from Mike Britten’s vast revolving set that both conjures up the atmosphere of Dickensian London, as ...

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The Nap – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Ralf Little in Richard Bean’s The Nap at the Crucible, Sheffield. Photograph: Mark Douet

Writer: Richard Bean Director: Richard Wilson Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Dylan Spokes (Jack O'Connell) is a local lad with a passion for snooker. He hits the big time, but will he win the championships? Will he manage to rise above the rogues in his family and avoid the temptations of match fixing? Now he is reaching the heights, everyone wants a ...

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Northern Ballet: Swan Lake – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Image Emma Kauldhar

Artistic Director / Choreographer: David Nixon OBE Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Reviewer: Beverley Haigh The past few years have seen Northern Ballet developing their body of work, David Nixon OBE heralding brand new ballets and providing innovative additions to their ever growing portfolio of work. Continuing the success of last year’s 1984, Northern Ballet adds Jane Eyre to their current ...

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Of Mice and Men – Darlington Civic Theatre

Kristian Phillips and William Rodell in Of Mice And Men

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Mark Clegg John Steinbeck’s 1937 novel Of Mice and Men is one of the cornerstones of American literature. Working on many levels and introducing a memorable cast of characters, it’s little wonder that the story has been filmed several times and that the stage adaptation is often revived. Ignore the fact that the ...

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Punching the Sky – The Civic, Barnsley

Punching the Sky Artwork

  Writer/performer: Lizi Patch Director: Mark Hollander Designer: Scott Thompson Reviewer: Ron Simpson Punching the Sky was presented at Barnsley Civic as part of a bold piece of programming, a New Work Weekend. It now tours to four more Yorkshire venues before a week’s run at London’s Soho Theatre. The background to the play leads one to expect a powerful ...

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Northern Ballet: Swan Lake – The Grand, Leeds

Image Credit Emma Kauldhar

Choreography &Costume Design: David Nixon Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Orchestration: John Langstaff Conductor: John Pryce-Jones Reviewer: Rich Jevons   As the centrepiece of Northern Ballet’s revival of the scintillating and sensual Swan Lake, Tobias Batley as Anthony is not merely masterful, but allows his movement to display a whole gamut of emotions: grief and guilt over the drowning of his ...

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BBC Philharmonic: Schubert, Strauss & Brahms – Huddersfield Town Hall

Conductor: Juanjo Mena Soloist (horn): Alberto Menendez Escribano Reviewer: Ron Simpson   The Orchestra of Opera North’s 2015-2016 Kirklees concert season came to an early finish with a solid programme of 19th Century Austro-German classics in the capable hands of the guest orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic. The Spring concert season has been curtailed because the next few months see the ...

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