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Victoria – Leeds Grand

Choreography, Direction & Scenario: Cathy Marston Dramaturgy & Scenario: Uzma Hameed Music: Philip Feeney Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Queen Victoria is most notably recognised as an iconic elderly lady who spent most of her life in mourning for her late husband Albert. Previously the longest-serving monarch in British history until Elizabeth II stole her great-great-grandmother’s crown in 2015. In celebration of ...

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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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My Mother Said I Never Should – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Charlotte Keatley Director: Michael Cabot Set and Costumes: Bek Palmer Reviewer: Ron Simpson My Mother Said I Never Should, first staged in Manchester in 1987, is the most widely performed play by a female dramatist – rather surprising for a play that poses challenges for producer, cast and audience alike. However, its subject matter and themes have a wide-ranging ...

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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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Random – Leeds Playhouse

Writer: Debbie Tucker Green Director:  Gbolahan Obisesan Reviewer: Rich Jevons Debbie Tucker Green's Random benefits from a script that combines the everyday with the sensational without giving up its gritty realism and compulsive drama. Yes, there is much tragedy here, but always complemented with the West Indians' nuclear family's sense of normality. Max Johns' set is made up of stacked-up ...

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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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The Sleeping Beauty – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Version and Direction: Victor Smirnov-Golovanov Artistic Director: Ludmila Nerubashenko Choreographer: Marius Petipa Reviewer: Janet Jepson There is a certain magic in the air when a ballet is performed, and an evening at the ballet seems to hark back to that previous era of classic theatrical opulence and privilege. To properly partake in the experience, one feels ...

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Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Ben Crocker Director: Chris Lawson Musical Director: Matt Marks Choreographer: Natasha Harrison Reviewer: Ron Simpson CAST’s pantomime proceeds along essentially traditional lines, but has one unique feature and one that is certainly slightly unusual. For the third year running, CAST presents the only fully British Sign Language interpreted pantomime, with Naomi Gray, a colourful and spirited presence on the ...

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