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The Debt Collectors – The Civic, Barnsley

Writer: John Godber Director: Keith Hukin Reviewer: Ray Taylor This is a new comedy from well-known playwright John Godber, author of such popular modern classics as Bouncers, Up ‘n Under and Teechers. It concerns two out of work and broke actors who find themselves in the world of debt recovery. They work as a couple of debt collectors trying to ...

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Laila the Musical – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Music: Sumeet Chopra Lyrics: Dougal Irvine Director: Pravesh Kumar Reviewer: Rich Jevons Rifco, are a company celebrated for presenting the underrepresented voices of British Asians. With Laila the Musical they have adapted a tale going back to 7th Century Persia, and the production has been described as a “Romeo &Juliet for the East”. As in the Shakespeare classic, the lovers ...

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The Maids – Studio Theatre, Harrogate

Poster Image for The Maids

Writer: Jean Genet Director: Michael White Designer: Irene Jade Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Maids is a mystery, not in the sense of The Mousetrap that occupied Harrogate Theatre’s main auditorium the previous week, but in the difficulty in determining what Jean Genet’s play really means. Murder, incest, lesbianism and sadomasochism nudge their way into the text, along with much more ...

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Billy Elliot The Musical – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer &Lyrics: Lee Hall Music: Elton Jon Director: Stephen Daldry Choreographer: Peter Darling Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Production are presenting Billy Elliot on its first UK Tour following a recent successful run in London. Bradford’s Alhambra theatre is the only Yorkshire venue on this tour. Lee Hall’s musical is based on the ...

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Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of The Beatles – Darlington Civic Theatre

Cast of Let It Be Tour 2016

Director and Musical Supervisor: John Maher Reviewer: Mark Clegg Tribute shows are perhaps too common these days, with many regional theatres seeming to host one every couple of weeks. Many are based on the back catalogue of performers whose repertoire simply doesn’t deserve such scrutiny. And then there is The Beatles, arguably the greatest and most influential band of all ...

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Opening Skinner’s Box – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Based on the book by Lauren Slater Director: Phelim McDermott and Lee Simpson Reviewer: Stephen Brennan Improbable Theatre’s Opening Skinner’s Box is described as “a whistle-stop tour of the scientific quest to make sense of what we are and who we are,” and with such ambitious aims, the piece could very easily have drowned under the weight of philosophical ...

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WiLd! – Carriageworks, Leeds

Writer: Evan Placey Director: Wendy Harris Designer: Kate Bunce Reviewer: Ron Simpson WiLd!, Evan Placey’s delightfully entertaining, thoughtful and pertinent little play for tutti frutti is specifically aimed to raise public awareness of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and does so in the character of Billy, rising 11 and the bane of his teachers’ lives at primary school. Billy, most engagingly ...

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Shadowlands – CAST, Doncaster

Shadowlands cast sat around a table having tea

Writer: William Nicholson Director: Alastair Whatley Designers: Anne-Marie Woodley, Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Ron Simpson It is over 30 years since William Nicholson’s play Shadowlands appeared on television, with stage and major film adaptations to follow in the next 10 years. This new tour by Birdsong Productions holds no surprises, but still emerges as a solid, emotionally and intellectually honest piece ...

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