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Confusions – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer/director Alan Ayckbourn Designer Michael Holt Reviewer Ron Simpson Confusions would seem to be a useful generic title for Alan Ayckbourn’s plays of the mid-1970s when it was first produced, shortly after The Norman Conquests and with the crazy complications of Intimate Exchanges only a few years in the future. However, here the Scarborough Master doesn’t go for intricate structuring: ...

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CD REVIEW: Side Show – Live at 54 Below

Reviewer: Holly Spanner When Side Show opened in 1997 on Broadway, it was billed as being commercially disastrous. It did however generate a substantial a cult following and has since been recently revived at the St James Theatre, only to close after less than two months in early 2015. The production explores the incredible and touching true story of conjoined ...

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Avenue Q – CAST, Doncaster

Director/Choreographer: Cressida Carre Musical Director: Daniel Griffin Reviewer: Sara Jackson &Phil Collingwood Sell A Door Theatre bring the hilarious hit comedy Avenue Q to Doncaster’s CAST and after years on Broadway, the West End and numerous awards, there is a great expectation placed on this production. It does not disappoint. From the outset the audience is laughing, bouncing to the ...

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Jesus Christ Superstar – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice Director: Bill Kenwright & Bob Thompson Reviewer: Holly Spanner Since early this year, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar has been touring the UK, with The Grand in Leeds roughly marking the halfway point. Since its conception in 1970, the musical was staged on Broadway a year later to mixed reviews before opening ...

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The Effect – Crucible Studio, Sheffield

Writer: Lucy Prebble Director: Daniel Evans Designer: Amanda Stoodley Reviewer: Sheila Stratford A clinical drug trial takes place at Rauschen Pharmaceuticals on an anti-depressant called RLU 37. The audience observes The Effect this medication has on two volunteers who fall in love. The play asks a lot of interesting questions regarding the mechanics of love. Can their emotions be trusted ...

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In Fog and Falling Snow – The Signal Box Theatre, York

Directors: Damian Cruden, Juliet Forster, Katie Posner Production Designer: Foxton Reviewer: Rosie Revell In Fog and Falling Snow is the latest in a long line of York Theatre Royal’s fine tradition of grand community based plays. It follows on from 2012’s York Mystery Plays which took place in the York Museum Gardens and Blood and Chocolate (2013) which took to ...

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Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks – Alhambra, Bradford

Writer: Neal Foster based on the books by Terry Deary Music: Matthew Scott Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Ruth Jepson A couple bits of advice before you sit down to watch Horrible Histories: The Groovy Greeks: If you wear glasses normally, make sure to put contacts in; and whatever your vision status, check that the glasses have both lenses! This is ...

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Sparkies – The National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield

Writer: John Kelly Director: John Kelly Reviewer: Sue Collier The National Coal Mining Museum provides the perfect setting for this hilarious, award winning comedy by writer/director John Kelly which tells the story of 15 year old Barnsley lad Darby, as he finds his feet in the world of work at a time when Harold Wilson's pit closures and the importance ...

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