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The Woman in Black – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Stephen Mallatratt from Susan Hill’s novel Director: Robin Herford Designers: Michael Holt, Ric Mountjoy (lighting), Gareth Owen (sound) Reviewer: Ron Simpson In 1987 Robin Herford, temporarily in charge of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough during Alan Ayckbourn’s stint at the National Theatre, commissioned a low-cost ghost story adaptation from Stephen Mallatratt to play in the company’s tiny Studio ...

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Calamity Jane – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Charles K. Freeman Music: Sammy Fain Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Rosie Revell A modern reimagining of the classic 1953 Oscar winning movie musical of the same name, Calamity Jane rides into Leeds with big shoes to fill - and it certainly does not disappoint. This barnstorming, whip-cracking, rooting–tooting gem of a production delights theatre goers ...

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CD REVIEW: Cool Rider

Reviewer: Holly Spanner Billed as the “cult sequel to grease” Cool Rider is in fact Grease 2 – reloaded. Revamped and given a new face, Cool Rider follows unlikely lovers Stephanie Zinone (Ashleigh Gray), leader of The Pink Ladies and English exchange student Michael Carrington (Aaron Sidwell) who quickly becomes smitten. After learning that Stephanie is looking for a devil ...

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The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star – Theatre in the Mill, Bradford

Writer &Music: Stella Grundy Director: Iain Bloomfield Reviewer: Beverley Haigh It is difficult to tell where Stella Grundy ends and her fictional character of Tracy Star begins in this semi-autobiographical account of a doomed music star in The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star. The lines become blurred as the writer and performer plays out what is essentially herself ...

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong – The Grand, Leeds

Director: Adam Meggido Reviewer: Sara Jackson and Phil Collingwood In the definition of the phrase “tough act to follow” Mischief Theatre triumphantly returns to the Leeds Grand Theatre with their (sort-of) Sequel Peter Pan Goes Wrong. After years as improvisational Fringe royalty, they finally created a piece from scratch - The Play That Goes Wrong - and prompted a universally ...

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That is All You Need to Know – CAST, Doncaster

Directors: Paul Slater, Kate Stanley Co-devisers: Chris Bone, Nicholas Pitt Reviewer: Beverley Haigh A few filing cabinets and some chairs and the stage becomes the setting for Bletchley Park, doubling up to represent two different time periods depicted in That is All You Need to Know, essentially two stories being told in one, but stories that are worthy of being ...

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The Rising of the Moon – Various locations, Bradford

Writer and Director: Javaad Alipoor Sound Design: Martin Thompson Fight Director: Keith Wallace Reviewer: Rich Jevons Leading Bradford theatre company Northern Lines’ final production, The Rising of the Moon, written and directed by the prolific and greatly talented Javaad Alipoor, is as radical in form as it is in content. It benefits from an energetic and enthusiastic community cast, Patience ...

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Romeo and Juliet – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer William Shakespeare Director Polina Kalinina Designer Emma Bailey Reviewer Ron Simpson   There are two contrasting reviews to be written about Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s Romeo and Juliet, now on an extended tour from its Bristol base. Polina Kalinina’s production is a brilliant success in creating the energy, athletic impact and sense of danger she seeks, but the ...

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