The Greatest Play in the History of the World: A Tale Well Told

June 1st, 2021 at York Theatre Royal. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A good story told with great charm, that’s what The Greatest Play in the History of the World... is. It’s energised storytelling which refuses to let any lulls form and instead, ploughs onwards with a combination of great comic delivery and a recurring sense of gravity nestling... Continue Reading →

The Handlebard’s Romeo & Juliet: Fun & Tomfoolery for Shakespeare’s ‘Star-crossed Lovers’

Tuesday May 25th 2021 at York Theatre Royal ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This ‘very loose’ re-telling of Romeo and Juliet is a treat - mostly because the cast offer that special kind of ‘we are having the time of our lives up here’ magic, but also because it’s a glowing reminder of just how malleable Shakespeare texts can... Continue Reading →

Review: Soviet Zion (Concept Album)

This new musical drama is one of epic proportions, with the concept album confidently putting forward just shy of three hours of original material. Soviet Zion seeks to take audiences into the heart of ‘Siberia's mysterious Yiddish Autonomous Region’, and, with generous musical accompaniment and a firm grasp on the dramatic potential of the premise,... Continue Reading →

A Christmas Carol: Mischief, Magic & Timeless Moral Messaging

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 →

Orpheus in the Record Shop: If Music Be the Food of Love…

Saturday 10th October 2020 at Leeds Playhouse (Quarry Theatre). Orpheus in the Record Shop brings the incredibly talented Testament back to Leeds Playhouse, and it’s a return worth waiting for. With text and music by Testament (with additional music by Taz Modi) and direction from Aletta Collins, musical and storytelling styles merge to tell a... Continue Reading →

Krapp’s Last Tape: A Retrospective of Spools & Spoils

Saturday 10th October 2020 at Leeds Playhouse (Bramall Rock Void) Before Jonathan Larson was penning musings about 525,600 minutes to measure a year, Samuel Beckett had the supremely underwhelmed Krapp facing the exact same existential crisis, just from much further down the line of life experience... In this co-production from Opera North and Leeds Playhouse,... Continue Reading →

Reflections on Krapp’s Last Tape: A Thing of Reverence

Saturday 10th October 2020 at Leeds Playhouse (Courtyard Theatre). Leeds Playhouse and Opera North’s collaboration series Connecting Voices is bringing audiences back into the fold of live theatre in actual theatre spaces. The series includes some reflective works on the main productions, offering audiences excerpts of music and words which engage with central messages and... Continue Reading →

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