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Gypsy Queen – Hull Truck

Writer: Rob Ward Director: Adam Zane Reviewer: Ron Simpson First of all a grumble at a company that mostly deserves high praise. The notable absence of a cast list, both on the night and/or digitally on the website (at the time of writing this review), is disappointing. No mention of the actors or the tech team are given – and sound ...

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The Verdict – Darlington Hippodrome

Based on the book by Barry Reed Adapted for the stage by Margaret May Hobbs Director: Michael Lunney Reviewer: Mark Clegg Based on Barry Reed’s 1980 best-selling novel, this newly adapted version of The Verdict is the first time the story has been dramatized since the 1982 Paul Newman-starring movie. Featuring a failing, drunken lawyer finding a new lease of ...

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Bouncers – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer/Director: John Godber Designer: Graham Kirk Composer: Joey Firth Music Choreographer: Lynette Pickering Reviewer: Ron Simpson It’s over 40 years since the first version of Bouncers was staged at the Edinburgh Festival, some 35 years since, in its mature form, it set out on the road to international success. For a play that reflects the contemporary world so acutely, that’s ...

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Gideon Klein: Portrait of a Composer – Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds

Written & devised: David Fligg Composer: Gideon Klein Director: Emma Gordon Reviewer: Jane Austwick To mark National Holocaust Memorial Day, we are reminded of the Centenary Year since the birth of classical music composer, Gideon Klein. Pluto Productions dramatizes Klein’s life into 70 minutes, giving the audience an insight into the heartbreaking loss that so many experienced.  Three actors create ...

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Hot Sardines – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Co-Leaders: Elizabeth Bougerol, Evan Palazzo Reviewer: Ron Simpson How do you pack out halls with wildly enthusiastic audiences for what is basically the jazz and popular music of 80 or 90 years ago? First of all, it helps to have top-class musicians who also manage to share the enormous fun they are having. Then, if you take The Hot Sardines’ ...

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Jack Lear – Hull Truck

Writer: Ben Benison Director: Barrie Rutter Designer: Kate Unwin Lighting Designer: Aideen Malone Composer: Eliza Carthy Reviewer: Ron Simpson Barrie Rutter has played King Lear twice, very successfully – and now this is his second crack at Ben Benison’s modern Hull-based version of the story. The first performance at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre was in 2008, since when the play ...

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Matilda The Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Dennis Kelley (based on the book by Roald Dahl) Music and Lyrics: Tim Minchin Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Joan Phillips Enter the dark imagination of Roald Dahl in the story of Matilda, a young girl, unwanted and overlooked by her parents. Seen from the point of view of the young girl, in Dahl’s imaginary world the children are wiser ...

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Motown the Musical – Bristol Hippodrome

Director:  Charles Randolph-Wright Musical arrangement: Ethan Popp Choreographers: Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams Reviewer: Julia Beasley If a musical is actually about music, it should surely celebrate that music in all its full-blown glory. Motown the Musical is undoubtedly about some of the best soul music of the twentieth century. So it’s a bit disappointing that this show romps over-excitedly through its vast ...

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