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The Complete Deaths – Hull Truck Theatre

Clowning troupe Spymonkey in The Complete Deaths

Adaptor: Tim Crouch Director: Tim Crouch Designer: Lucy Bradridge Reviewer: Ron Simpson Initially staged in Northampton and Brighton, Spymonkey’s The Complete Deaths now starts a two-month international tour at Hull Truck, a tour that takes in Italy as well as the UK before finishing up in Chicago. The international element is highly appropriate: Spymonkey consists of four accomplished clowns including ...

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Northern Ballet: Wuthering Heights – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Rachael Gillespie and Jeremy Curnier as Young Cathy and Heathcliff

Music: Claude-Michel Schonberg Choreographer and Co-Director: David Nixon Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Following the success of last season’s Jane Eyre, Northern Ballet opens their Autumn season by revisiting another classic work of literature and turning it into a modern ballet, full of passion and relevance for a modern audience. This time, it is the turn of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, previously ...

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Nutshell: An Evening with Ian McEwan – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Times have changed. In the past, a book launch involved a group of readers sipping wine and eating cheese nibbles in Waterstones before hesitatingly approaching the author to get an autograph on a first edition they’d picked up cheap in Oxfam. Things are more streamlined, stage-managed and posh these days. For one thing, the books are often ...

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Gangsta Granny – The Lowry, Salford

Gangsta Granny Production Image

Writer: David Walliams Adaptor and Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Have you ever wanted to do something so incredibly bad in your life … just once? Just to see if you could? Have you ever wondered if there’s something more to your Granny than knitting and Murray mints? And, if you were 11, do you think that you could ...

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Relatively Speaking – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Relatively Speaking was written in 1965, originally titled Meet My Father. The play premiered in London’s West End in 1967 to positive reviews. This production is jointly presented by Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Kenny Wax Ltd and is currently touring nationwide. The comedy play introduces, Greg (Antony Eden) and Ginny ...

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Sister Act – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Cheri and Bill Steinkellner Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Director &choreographer: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood brings his new production of Sister Act on an extensive UK tour, including its stop in Leeds. The musical is based on the smash hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith. Many know the ...

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StorytEllas – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

StorytEllas at the East Riding theatre

Writers: Jessica Duffield and Annie Kirkman Producer: Ellie Claughton Set/Props: Ed Ullyart Lighting/Technical Director: Simon Bedwell Reviewer: Ron Simpson On first acquaintance with She Productions, the company is mightily impressive, and it’s greatcredit to the East Riding Theatre for giving them the opportunity to develop as an in-house company. She Productions was formed last year as an all-female ensemble by ...

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Educating Rita – Esk Valley Theatre, Glaisdale

Image by Tony Bartholomew/Turnstone Media

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Mark Stratton Set and Lighting: Graham Kirk Costumes: Christine Wall Reviewer: Ron Simpson Esk Valley Theatre is one of the more unusual success stories in British theatre. Every August, Mark Stratton and Sheila Carter take over the Robinson Institute in the moors village of Glaisdale. Graham Kirk brings in his considerable construction skills to transform a ...

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