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Matilda the Musical – Bradford Alhambra

Based on the book by Roald Dahl Book: Dennis Kelly Music and lyrics: Tim Minchin Resident Director: Phil Bartlett Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Matilda the Musical has been dominating the West End since 2010 and has gone on to charm the globe. The show made history in 2012 when all four Matildas won the coveted Olivier award for Best Actress in ...

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Road – Leeds Playhouse

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: Amy Leach Reviewer: Jay Nuttall It’s back to its roots for the Leeds Playhouse. While The Quarry and Courtyard theatres are closed for redevelopment for several months, the theatre is renamed from The West Yorkshire Playhouse to its original title of Leeds Playhouse and a new, repertory company of actors have been assembled – standard in ...

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The Game of Love and Chai – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Nigel Planer Director: Jatinder Verma Designer: Claudia Mayer Reviewer: Ron Simpson Tara Arts’ production of The Game of Love and Chai, completing a UK tour with a week at West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Courtyard Theatre, brings a great deal of intelligence, imagination and skill to bear on modernising and re-locating Pierre de Marivaux’s 1730 comedy, The Game of Love and ...

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Madama Butterfly – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi llica Director: Tim Albery Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Madama Butterfly is part of the Fatal Passions season which Opera North is presenting this winter.  This production is a revival of Puccini’s well-known opera and its powerful and passionate music speaks for its tragic emotions.  Opera North has previously staged this production, but this ...

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The Little Mermaid – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Hans Christian Anderson Director, Choreographer & Costume Designer: David Nixon Composer: Sally Beamish Reviewer: Holly Spanner Originally published in 1837, the Hans Christian Anderson fairy story has been adapted on countless occasions for film, television, print and theatre over its 180-year history. The most famous of these, of course, being the Disney 1989 animated movie. David Nixon’s version with ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Scott Bellas Designer: Sam Curwen Reviewer: Ron Simpson In Northern Spark Theatre and Bite My Thumb’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream we are promised a late 1960s staging, complete with comedy, sensuality and physicality. The period is potentially an excellent fit with Shakespeare’s  most druggy play, but the match-up works intermittently, though, pleasingly, much more ...

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Partition – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Nick Ahad Director: Stefan Escreet Reviewer: Sue Collier Partition is a highly creative 60-minute one act play about the lasting effects surrounding the partition of India into two separate states (India and Pakistan – East Pakistan has since become Bangladesh). This seminal moment in history occurred 70 years ago on 15 August 1947 and is joint West Yorkshire Playhouse ...

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Ties – Theatre in the Mill, Bradford

Director: Iain Bloomfield (with: Pauline Mayers, Khadijah Ibrahiim &Jax Griffin) Reviewer: Laura Hibbert Ties is the first production by Two Tonne, a new performance research/development company led by Iain Bloomfield, exploring power, politics, and the inequalities and toxicity of the world today. Before the performance begins, the audience is invited into the space and are greeted by a series of ...

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