Hairspray: An Absolute Joy

Monday 16th July 2018 at the Grand Opera House, York. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I left the theatre after Hairspray wanting to turn around and go straight back in again. With book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan and a lucrative history of successes, Hairspray remains a giant in the musical theatre world. It’s a truly special piece... Continue Reading →

Much Ado About Nothing: A Charming Outdoor Production

Friday 13th July 2018 in Roundhay Park, Leeds. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Heartbreak Productions frame their take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing as a local village production raising funds for the British Red Cross in 1919. The eager locals bustle and bicker as they prepare for the performance to start, chatting to audience members and playing old... Continue Reading →

Searching for the Heart of Leeds: A Fond & Vibrant Farewell… & Hello

Friday 22nd June 2018 at Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Searching for the Heart of Leeds is the final show produced by West Yorkshire Playhouse prior to its major re-development. It marks a crossover from West Yorkshire Playhouse to the Leeds Playhouse rebrand and the production mirrors that sense of departure and arrival;... Continue Reading →

Talking Heads – Susan, Doris & Irene: Superb

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 →

Opera North’s Berlin to Broadway: Both Entertaining & Illuminating

Tuesday 19th June 2018 at Leeds City Varieties Music Hall. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Beginning with ‘Mack the Knife’ by torchlight, Opera North’s Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill makes a beautifully nostalgic and atmospheric arrival to the stage. From this glimpse of 1920s ambience created by Tim Skelly’s lighting design, notably reminiscent of underground caverns and the... Continue Reading →

Section 2: Topical and Sensitive

Friday 15th June 2018 at The Bunker Theatre, London. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Section 2 is the second play from the relatively new company Paper Creatures Theatre, and it’s their second piece of work to tackle big issues in relatable terms. As a new work written by Peter Imms, Section 2 seeks to explore ideas around mental health... Continue Reading →

Wicked on Tour: Take a ‘Thrillifying’ Trip to the Land of Oz

Thursday 14th June 2018 at the Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Wicked is a titan of the musical theatre world and having already played to 55 million people worldwide to date, it continues to thrill audiences with this latest touring production, currently playing at the Grand Theatre and Opera House in Leeds. With... Continue Reading →

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