Sometimes it’s easy to define what makes a city - it might be a Liam Gallagher style swagger for Manchester or the humour that is supposed to represent Liverpool.
There are many certain things in life – There will be ups and downs, it will rain (lots) and the sun will rise and set. But step aside, because there is a new certainty in town!! That is anyone going to see Jersey Boys will have the time of their lives!!
Retro glitz, glam, and fun awaits with this bold and brassy retelling of the Broadway musical, adapted from the 1998 film of the same name. The plot, if you haven’t seen the film, is the classic romantic comedy set-up. Set in the mid-1980s, our protagonist Robbie is a professional wedding singer, a guy who’s paid to spout romantic schmaltz on a daily basis as well as croon the popular classics with bandmates Sammy and George.
Road - the first play written by author Jim Cartwright, explores the lives of the people in an underprivileged, working class area of Lancashire. It takes place during Margaret Thatcher government era - a period of vast unemployment in the north of England.
Opera lovers better eat your heart out. The Opera North and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production in association with City Varieties Music Hall Leeds musical sensation brought to life, with the abstract and creative creations of Kurt Weill, with lyrics by Bertlot Brecht, Maxwell Anderson, Ogden Nash and many more. Berlin to Broadway showcased some of Weill’s finest musical works.
Does a story about a pathetic blowhard conning a nation with a bunch of lies and turning his citizens against minorities, aided by a venal press secretary, sound in any way familiar?
Get comfy and settle in for an evening of delightful, entertaining, and moving monologues in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Under the direction of James Brining, Amy Leach and John R. Wilkinson, the six monologues which constitute the play are divided into three per nightly performance. This has the salutary effect that each performance offers something different.
You’re in for a roaring time at Dinosaur World Live! Taking you all the way back to the Mesozoic era, children and adults can delight at seeing an array of dinosaurs come alive on stage. Aimed at an audience of young children and families, the premise of the show is that many years ago, our host Miranda and her parents found themselves washed up on an island inhabited by prehistoric creatures.
Tonight’s performance of Spend Spend Spend, has surely left audience members stunned. HHTC (Handsworth Hallam Theatre Company) surely had a huge task on their hands. Based on a true story and set in Castleford, the story captures the life is of Viv Nicholson winner of the football pools back in the 1980s. The show’s writers Steve Brown and Justin Greene certainly deserve the applause for this stunning piece of craft.
I had a contrast of feeling sat in my seat waiting to watch Sheffield Theatres latest performance of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. This is due to the sheer admiration I have for the powerful theme of individual freedom of expression witnessed in the 1975 film of the same title.
As a critic who likes nothing better than a site specific show I have seen productions staged in all sorts of weird and offbeat places, but nothing as intimate as this Alan Bennett monologue performed in a suburban living room.
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