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NEWS: A new face for The Public Reviews!

The UK’s leading online portal for the performing arts, The Public Reviews, has announced today [1 October 2015] that it is repositioning itself as The Reviews Hub. The Public Reviews was launched in 2007 as a site that featured theatre reviews submitted by audience members. Eight years on, the site now boasts 150 permanent reviewers from across the UK, and ...

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Kiss Me Kate – The Grand, Leeds

Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter Director: Jo Davies Conductor: David Charles Abell Reviewer: Tom Tollett Jo Davies’ splendid new production of Kiss Me, Kate, Cole Porter’s famous take on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, is a triumph from beginning to end. Not only can it claim first-rate vocals, acting and dancing from principals and chorus alike, but Davies’ careful ...

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Romeo and Juliet – The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jonathan Humphreys Reviewer: Fiona Hannon Romeo and Juliet must be one of Shakespeare’s most popular and most frequently performed plays and yet it’s more than 20 years since it was produced on the Crucible stage. This perennial favourite tells the story of two “star cross’d lovers” who come from opposing families locked in a longstanding feud. ...

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The Winters Tale – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Conrad Nelson Designer: Dawn Allsopp Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Winter’s Tale is not an obvious choice for Northern Broadsides’ traditional style of bold and direct story-telling, being a play that gives up its secrets in the most indirect way, but Broadsides can be more subtle than most people think and have become ...

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Beryl – Hull Truck Theatre

Writer: Maxine Peake Director: Rebecca Gatward Designer: Naomi Dawson Reviewer: Ron Simpson Maxine Peake’s play, Beryl, about the Morley-based cyclist Beryl Burton who dominated women’s cycling for more than two decades, was commissioned by West Yorkshire Playhouse to coincide with last year’s Tour de France. Such was its impact that it returned to the Playhouse with a different cast this ...

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Orchestra of Opera North: Wagner & Strauss – Town Hall, Huddersfield

Conductor: Aleksandar Markovic Soloist: Emma Bell (soprano) Reviewer: Ron Simpson In recent years, through the Leeds Town Hall semi-stagings under Music Director Richard Farnes, the Orchestra of Opera North has gained a reputation as a top-class Wagner orchestra. However, in the opening concert of the Kirklees season, despite two Wagner pieces on the programme, the focus was very much on ...

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Poles Apart – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer: John Godber Director: John Godber Designer: Graham Kirk Reviewer: Ron Simpson   The title of John Godber’s new play contains multiple puns. The main characters are scaffolders, working with poles, and one of them, a Pole, is inclined to show off his fitness and physique by a sort of pole dancing. However, the primary meaning provides a rather poignant ...

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Hero’s Welcome – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer Alan Ayckbourn Director Alan Ayckbourn Designer Michael Holt Reviewer Ron Simpson Now into his sixth decade of writing plays, Alan Ayckbourn has learned the art of being unpredictable. At one time, audiences and critics felt they had isolated the Ayckbourn comic gene, but that hope is long gone. In Hero’s Welcome, the comedy begins in what we like to ...

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