The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde: An Interesting Departure from Faithful Adaptation

Wednesday 14th March 2018 at Harrogate Theatre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Blackeyed Theatre return to the dark depths of mankind with their production of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Much like their production of Shelley’s Frankenstein (review here), this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel from Nick Lane is full of relish as it... Continue Reading →

Brighton Rock: Excellent Production Designs Conjure Mob Territory

Saturday 3rd March 2018 at York Theatre Royal. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal have joined to bring this dark and brooding adaptation of Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock to the stage. Adapted by Bryony Lavery and directed by Esther Richardson, Brighton Rock offers a dramatic play which falls somewhere between Peaky Blinders and Bugsy... Continue Reading →

Hedda Gabler: Masterfully Intense

Thursday 22nd February 2018 at Grand Opera House York. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ In what is a truly riveting production, Lizzy Watts simmers, flares and spits as the seminal Henrik Ibsen character Hedda Gabler. This new version from Patrick Marber, directed by Ivo van Hove, is a heavily dramatic and masterfully intense staging of a classic text. Currently touring... Continue Reading →

West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Spring/ Summer 2018 Season Launch: Top Picks

West Yorkshire Playhouse’s new season has been announced! I tootled along to the Season Launch last week and as the mulled wine flowed, the creative team offered some insights into the months ahead. Focusing on ‘embracing our city’ and bringing ‘vital theatre’ to the people of Leeds and beyond, the upcoming home-grown work and launch... Continue Reading →

Frankenstein: Showcasing the Dramatic Power of Puppetry

Thursday 2nd February, 2017, at Harrogate Theatre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loosely liken this production from Blackeyed Theatre to watching the metamorphosis of a butterfly, with the first act being the caterpillar to chrysalis and the second being the transformed butterfly. It's very apt for this analogy to have come to mind of course; Frankenstein does follow... Continue Reading →

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