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The Simon and Garfunkel Story – Civic Theatre, Rotherham

Producers: Maple Tree Entertainment Ltd Directors: David Beck and Dean Elliott Musical Supervision: Dean Elliott Reviewer: Janet Jepson No one should mess around with Simon and Garfunkel music, the unique mix of folk/rock ballad that is associated with the duo has a style that is all its own. For a teen of the Seventies who crossed the ‘troubled water’ of ...

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Northern Ballet: 1984 – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Choreographer: Jonathan Watkins Composer: Alex Baranowski Set &Costume Designer: Simon Daw Lighting Designer: Chris Davey Video Designer: Andrzej Goulding Dramaturg: Ruth Little Reviewer: Peter Gray Northern Ballet’s World Premiere of 1984 is an impressive reimagined interpretation of the Orwellian classic, published in 1949. Guest choreographer, Jonathan Watkins, succeeds in exploring the novel’s powerful ideas through an innovative, eclectic mix of ...

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Mark Haddon Adaptor: Simon Stephens Director: Marianne Elliott Reviewer: Holly Spanner As the audiencefilesinto the auditorium, it becomes clear a gruesome crime has already taken place. Lying centre stage is a dog, with a garden fork sticking out of its side. Written by Mark Haddon, the original novel was winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year, the Commonwealth ...

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Love Me Tender – Grand Opera House, York

Directed by: Karen Bruce Musical Supervisor &Orchestrator: Matt Spencer-Smith Reviewer: Rich Jevons It is always a pleasure to review at the Grand Opera House in York; it boasts welcoming staff, a beautiful auditorium and an enthusiastic audience appreciating the sheer spectacle of this magical musical. The show kicks off with an all-singing, all-dancing rendition of ‘Jailhouse Rock’ set in a ...

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CD REVIEW: Doctor Zhivago: Original Broadway Cast Recording

Reviewer: Holly Spanner Written in 1957, the original novel was banned by the authorities in the Soviet Union for decades after its release. But, thanks to a smuggled manuscript and a soviet campaign against the book, Doctor Zhivago became a sensation in the non-communist world and spent 26 weeks at the top of the New York Times best seller list, ...

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The Jungle Book – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Monica Flory, based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling Director: Adam Sunderland Music: Sam Hodgson Reviewer: Rich Jevons Lawrence Batley Theatre Young People’s adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s epic tale is familiar by its many screen versions. At the LBT it begins atmospherically on stage with three kites entering to the sound of soft clarinet. They take their places on ...

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Neville’s Island – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer Tim Firth Director Henry Bell Designer Lucy Weller Reviewer Ron Simpson Last year’s starry West End revival of Neville’s Island was, in general, not at all well received. Henry Bell’s production for the Stephen Joseph Theatre (where it all began in 1992) proves that it works far better not as a vehicle for known comedians, but as an ensemble ...

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The Railway Children – The Signal Box Theatre, York

Director: Damian Cruden Writer: Mike Kenny Reviewer: Rosie Revell York Theatre Royal’s Olivier Award winning production of The Railway Children has returned home to York in spectacular and fitting style. The production is housed in the purpose built Signal Box Theatre at the city’s National Railway Museum, while the theatre undergoes its £4.1 million refit. This production has big shoes ...

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