Review: Macbeth (Leeds Playhouse)

Friday 4th March, 2022, at Leeds Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ In Shakespeare’s epic tragedy, ambition provides the ultimate downfall for its eponymous tragic hero. In this production though, ambition finds rich rewards, and as with her 2019 Hamlet, this take on Macbeth provides a great example of Director Amy Leach’s impressive talent for staging Shakespeare’s work for... Continue Reading →

Review: Leeds Playhouse’s A Christmas Carol

Leeds Playhouse (At Home) Having rehearsed A Christmas Carol with live, socially distanced audiences planned, Leeds Playhouse has been hit with ‘COVID-closure’ once again. Pivoting swiftly, they’ve taken their show online and audiences now have the opportunity to watch Dickens’ classic tale from their sofas. So, what’s Dickensian Leeds like from sofas in front of... Continue Reading →

Spotlight on Shakespeare: Top 5 Productions

April 2020 With celebrations of good old William Shakespeare’s ‘birthday’ everywhere this week, I got to thinking about some of the great Shakespeare productions I’ve seen over the years... let’s face it, there’s not much else to do these days but take various strolls down memory lane! There have been many productions, but only five... Continue Reading →

Review: Oliver Twist At Leeds Playhouse

Wednesday 4th March 2020 at Leeds Playhouse (Quarry Theatre). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Oliver Twist has once more found his way back to a stage and in this production Amy Leach directs a brand new Dickens adaptation from Bryony Lavery - one that wholly embraces its gritty and disturbing origins. A co-production of Leeds Playhouse and Ramps on... Continue Reading →

Review: Hamlet at Leeds Playhouse

Tuesday 5th March 2019 at Leeds Playhouse (Pop Up). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A female Hamlet? A northern tragedy? Multiple gender switches? Leeds Playhouse’s latest Shakespeare offering is a finely tuned combination of exactly that. As Shakespeare’s longest play, Hamlet is in so many cases numbingly over-long and mercilessly dark, but thankfully, Amy Leach’s direction and approach to... Continue Reading →

Review: Road at Leeds Playhouse

Friday 7th September 2018 at Leeds Playhouse (Pop Up Theatre) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Jim Cartwright’s Road marks the first production to play in Leeds Playhouse’s Pop Up Theatre as well as the debut of their brand new Rep Company, directed here by Amy Leach. Going in knowing zilch but for the pitch, I think I was expecting... Continue Reading →

Review: Talking Heads – Susan, Doris & Irene at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Wednesday 20th June 2018 at West Yorkshire Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Alan Bennett really is a genius. Every so often, I forget this fact but a perfectly staged production like this becomes an impressive reminder. West Yorkshire Playhouse is producing the first 6 dramatic monologues of Bennet’s Talking Heads which landed in living rooms in 1988 and... Continue Reading →

Review: Queen of Chapeltown at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Wednesday 13th September 2017 at West Yorkshire Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Colin Grant's Queen of Chapeltown, written in celebration of the 50th year of the Leeds West Indian Carnival, offers a unique insight into the origins of one of Leeds' defining features. Based on the accounts of founders and attendees, this drama centres around identity and balances... Continue Reading →

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