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Before she helmed the global hit Mamma Mia!, Phyllida Lloyd began her career as an opera director with Opera North in 1991.
An eccentric leader sweeps to power, promising to put his countrymen first. His leadership is initially welcomed with dancing in the streets,
Just as there are ‘unfilmable’ novels, it’s difficult to imagine how Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive could be adapted for the
Bohuslav Martinu’s The Greek Passion may be more than 60 years old, but its contemporary relevance is stinging. The Czech composer’s opera,
One Man, Two Guvnors may only be eight years old, but it feels like it’s been around a lot longer. Since its
Helen Edmundson’s musical adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s novel Swallows and Amazons is proving to have quite a shelf life. Following
It was hard to envisage how any theatremaker could possibly do justice to Yann Martel’s Booker-winning multimillion-selling novel about a boy named
Even though Amanda Whittington’s play was written more than 20 years ago, and it’s set in the mid-1960s, there’s something eerily prescient
Leeds Playhouse follows Amy Leach’s intense, sprawling production of Hamlet with Toby Hulse’s irreverent, pacy and unashamedly silly adaptation of Jules Verne’s
Park Hill flats have stood over Sheffield for nearly 60 years, as much a part of the city’s history as steel, snooker
It starts with a good-natured fencing battle. It ends with a slightly less good-natured fencing battle, with bodies strewn across the stage.
Taio Lawson’s revival of Debbie Tucker Green’s 2015 play Hang is incredibly tense. The incessant hum of the air conditioning, the flickering
7.37am. An alarm clock blares, a family stirs. It’s the start of another day, in which children complain about their burnt porridge
...sorry, where were we? John Murphy reviews Third Angel's detective story about distraction and misdirection.
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Raising the roof: John Murphy reviews Sheffield Crucible's slick and spectacular production of the Cole Porter classic.
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There’s a brand new pantomime team installed at Doncaster’s Cast and Ben Crocker and Chris Lawson have marked the occasion by mashing
Paul Hendy’s Christmas pantomimes have become something of a Sheffield institution, with Peter Pan marking his 12th consecutive production for the Lyceum.
It takes skill to inject freshness into A Christmas Carol. Yet Amy Leach has managed just that, by adding some pantomime elements
"Be a mother to another": John Murphy writes on Akeim Toussaint Buck's engaging and accessible solo dance piece on the diasporic experience.
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Leeds Playhouse’s pop-up season opened last month with Jim Cartwright’s Road, and the theme of community continues on a more global
Rather like the proverbial shark, Mother Courage and her children have to keep moving, or they’ll die. In Red Ladder’s production the
Steel is what defines Sheffield as a city, but it’s also a city identified by left-wing politics – it was once known,
Things are changing in West Yorkshire. As well as a rebrand of the theatre to Leeds Playhouse, it’s also undergoing a major
A bereaved daughter fights to keep her local community centre open. A vicar finds the strength to leave her abusive husband. A
Love and Information leaves you feeling punch-drunk. Caryl Churchill’s play, receiving its regional premiere after its 2012 debut at the Royal Court
Coal mining is obviously a subject close to South Yorkshire hearts, but Ray Castleton hasn’t taken the easy option of writing
Pertinent and unsettling: John Murphy reviews a stage adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel.
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James Brining and Stephen Greenhorn’s musical, featuring the songs of The Proclaimers, has taken on a life of its own since its
Although the music on the radio may change over the years, the song remains very much the same. That’s the message to
We're not in Sheffield anymore: Robert Hastie's first Christmas musical in Sheffield whisks audiences off to Oz.
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Despite hailing from Essex, Damien Williams has become as much a part of Sheffield as Henderson’s Relish and Jarvis Cocker. This year