Interview: The Creative Team behind “The Beekeeper of Aleppo”

May 2023 ‘People can lose everything, but still have so much joy’ – the powerhouse creative team behind The Beekeeper of Aleppo - including bestselling author Christy Lefteri and Olivier Award-winning director Miranda Cromwell - discuss its power and truth with Miriam Gillinson. The runaway success of the novel and now the stage play of... Continue Reading →

Review: Quality Street (Touring)

Tuesday, 16th May 2023 at York Theatre Royal ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Quality Street: The Regency Comedy is J.M. Barrie’s take on life and love for the women left behind during the Napoleonic Wars; those who involuntarily became old maids when dreams of marriage departed along with the strapping patriotic men. Quality Street is certainly a farce in... Continue Reading →

Review: Of Mice and Men at Leeds Playhouse

Saturday, 13th May 2023 at Leeds Playhouse ⭐️⭐️⭐️ John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, once a GCSE text staple (remember the spoilers helpfully left behind in the margins by the outgoing Year 11 students?), is currently finishing up its tour at Leeds Playhouse. Following an unlikely pairing of itinerant workers during the Great Depression, this... Continue Reading →

Review: Dirty Corset (Touring)

Thursday, 11th May 2023 at York Theatre Royal. ⭐️⭐️ Billed as “a company of flea-bitten actors” who “try and fail to live up to their on-stage personas” in 1687, Bang Average Theatre’s Dirty Corset offers a loose but fun premise with early signs of the hygiene-averse brand of humour awaiting us. This is a tongue-in-cheek,... Continue Reading →

Review: Heathers The Musical (Touring)

Tuesday, 9th May 2023 at York Grand Theatre and Opera House. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ There’s catty, there’s bitchy, and then there’s Heathers The Musical: “mythic bitch” central. With book, music and lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe, and based on the 1988 film by Daniel Waters, this show is a darkly comic look at the sacrifices... Continue Reading →

Review: Mayflies at York Theatre Royal

Thursday, 4th May 2023 at York Theatre Royal ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The world of modern dating: connection online, awkward first meetings and the inevitable gamble taken on whether or not anything will come of it. Gus Gowland’s warm-hearted new musical, Mayflies, follows a pairing who are meeting up for the first time after two years of chatting... Continue Reading →

Review: Strictly Ballroom The Musical (Touring)

Wednesday 26th April 2023 at York Grand Theatre and Opera House. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Based on the celebrated 1992 Baz Luhrmann film and promising to lift the curtain on the competitive ballroom scene, this show offers comic glimpses of backstage squabbles, underhanded dealings and blossoming love alongside some impressive dance numbers. The story? Scott Hastings and partner... Continue Reading →

Review: Happy Place (Touring)

Friday April 21st 2023 at Harrogate Theatre (Studio) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Forget About The Dog’s latest show returns their top notch inventiveness to the stage in a quirky ride through personalised simulations of “happy places”. In this vision of the future, the disenchanted general public are invited to step inside a street-side booth and spend a half... Continue Reading →

Review: Living on Fresh Air (Touring)

Friday 31st March 2023 at Harrogate Theatre ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Born, raised and residing in Yorkshire, John Godber has just the kind of grounding needed to write a comedy like this. Tapping affectionately into the frugal Yorkshireman stereotype, he offers an unapologetic commentary on the politics of now while painting a grim vision of 2033 Britain -... Continue Reading →

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