Ballet Black – Triple Bill (featuring Ingoma) Review

Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre – until 16 November 2019 Reviewed By Dawn Smallwood 4**** Ballet Black returns to Leeds to present a triple bill including their world premiere, Ingoma, which is being presented for the first time. This company is reputed for celebrating diversity in ballet and their current programme is a testimony to […]

Stray Dogs Review

Park Theatre – until 7 December 2019 Reviewed by Claire Roderick 2 ½** Olivia Olsen’s new play about Anna Akhmatova, the Russian poet who voiced the suffering of the people in Stalin’s Russia is heartfelt but flawed. Olsen plays fast and loose with timelines and compositing her friendships with male emigres into Isaiah Berlin, instead […]

Easy Review

Blue Elephant Theatre – until 23 November 2019 Reviewed by Claire Roderick 3*** Sixteen-year-old Alice thinks that her life is shit. Her dad is useless and her mum is weird, and she is convinced that she is the stereotypical plain sidekick to her beautiful best friend, Meg. She should be preparing for her GCSEs, but […]

THE GLORY OF CHRISTMAS – WITH BERNARD CRIBBINS – SUNDAY 15 DECEMBER @ 7.30PM

As part of Raymond Gubbay’s Christmas Festivals 2019, the Philharmonia Orchestra will be joined by special guest, the much loved actor Bernard Cribbins, for seasonal classics, carols and festive readings at the Royal Festival Hall on  Sunday 15 December at 7.30pm. Pieces performed include Franck’s Panis Angelicus, Handel’s  Zadok the Priest, Goodall’s  The Lord is my Shepherd, Rutter’s Candlelight Carol, […]

Will you accept this rose? | Mandy Picks a Husband | Canal Cafe Theatre, 5 – 8 December

Mandy Picks a Husband Canal Café Theatre, Delamere Terrace, Little Venice, W2 6NG Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th December 2019 Inspired by her personal Instagram experiment, Mandy Picks a Husband is the hilariously dark and witty dating traumedy from seasoned New York theatre actress and stand-up comic, Amanda Broomell. Following acclaim at the 2019 Hollywood […]

LEADING LEEDS ARTS ORGANISATIONS TO TAKE PART IN DISCOVER! CREATIVE CAREERS WEEK

LEADING LEEDS ARTS ORGANISATIONS TO TAKE PART IN DISCOVER! CREATIVE CAREERS WEEK Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House, Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre are welcoming young people into their buildings next week to inspire them to consider a career in the creative industries as part of Discover! Creative Careers Week (Monday 18 to Friday 22 November 2019). The initiative has […]

9 to 5 the Musical Review

REVIEW: 9 to 5 the Musical (Sunderland Empire) ★★★★ November 15, 2019  For: West End Wilma  https://www.westendwilma.com/review-9-to-5-the-musical-sunderland-empire-november-2019/ 9 to 5 arrived in Sunderland as part of its UK tour. Unusually, the tour is sharing cast members from the current West End production and audiences at the Empire got to enjoy Amber Davies in the role of Judy. Equality for […]

The National Theatre to open UK tour of ROMEO AND JULIE – a new play by Gary Owen – at The Lowry in Salford

The National Theatre to open UK tour of ROMEO AND JULIE- a new play by Gary Owen – at The Lowry in Salford Inspired by Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, writer Gary Owen and director Rachel O’Riordan reunite for ROMEO AND JULIE– a powerful, funny and poignant new play about the hope and heartbreak of two young people in […]