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Mystery Plays – York Minster

Lucifer - The Last Judgement

Writer: Mike Poulton Directors: Phillip Breen and Becky Hope-Palmer Musical Director: Richard Shephard Reviewer: Rich Jevons After a gap of some 16 years,the Mystery Plays are back in York Minster, reviving a tradition that dates back to the 14th Century. Designed both to educate and inspire, the plays tell the Biblical story from Creation to the Last Judgement. It is ...

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Guys and Dolls – Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writers: Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows Music and Lyrics: Frank Loesser Director: Gordon Greenberg Choreographer: Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright Reviewer: Marina Spark The latest large-scale touring production of the 1950s classic Broadway musicalGuys and Dollsis in Plymouth this week bringing swing and jazz to the Theatre Royal’s Lyric stage. The much-loved show has stood the test of time and ...

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Nelson: The Sailors’ Story – CAST, Doncaster

Writer/Performer: Nicholas Collett Director: Gavin Robertson Reviewer: Ron Simpson Nelson: The Sailors’ Story has had great success in festival fringes, at Edinburgh last year and, in particular, at a number of American festivals. Now on an extended theatre tour, Nicholas Collett has added a post-play question and answer, but the heart of the evening is still the 60-minute play, with ...

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Blast from the Past, The Civic, Barnsley

Directors: Sarah Boulter and Adele Wragg Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Sticking a big fat ray of sunshine into the world of contemporary dance Spiltmilk Dance’s latest offering Blast from the Past is less dance, more fun-fuelled entertainment. An attempt to race through and recreate seven decades of pop culture in 100 minutes, they establish their own genre with subcategories of dance, ...

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Kes – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Jack Lord and Dan Parr in Kes at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

Book by: Barry Hines Adapted by: Robert Alan Evans Director: Amy Leach Reviewer: Rich Jevons Even on the way into Leeds the taxi driver soon warmed to the memories, be it twenty years earlier, of reading Barry Hines’ quintessentially northern novel A Kestrel for A Knave and seeing the Ken Loach film Kes. As West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director James ...

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Guys and Dolls – The Grand, Leeds

anna o'byrne and cast guys and dolls tour

Writers: Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows Music: Frank Loesser Lyrics: Frank Loesser Director: Gordon Greenberg Choreographer: Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright Reviewer: Sue Collier Guys and Dolls tells the story of a group of New York underground gambling men during the American prohibition period. In this Chichester Festival Theatre production, the two principal male characters of Sky Masterson and Nathan ...

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Lyceum, Sheffield

Writer: Stephan Elliot, Allan Scott Director: Simon Phillips Reviewer: Ruth Jepson I’m so excited I’ve had to contain myself with gaffer tape And so, the tone is set for Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Three friends and fellow performers, Mitzi (Jason Donovan) and Felicia (Adam Bailey), both drag queens, and Bernadette (Simon Green), a transwoman (rather outdatedly referred to as ...

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Dinosaur Park – The Civic, Barnsley

Maria Askew, Simon Maeder and Frode Gjerlow win Dinosaur Park

Writers: Maria Askew, Simon Maeder, Frode Gjerløw and Tid Director: Tid Reviewer: Ruth Jepson 1990 – Jurassic Park is written by Michael Crichton. 1993 – Jurassic Park is made into a film by Stephen Spielberg. 2015 – Superbolt Theatre has a sell-out show at the Edinburgh Fringe with Dinosaur Park, a physical, frantic and bloody hilarious parody retelling of the ...

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