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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Reasons to Stay Alive review at Crucible Studio, Sheffield – ‘handled with skill and sensitivity’ by John Murphy

Just as there are ‘unfilmable’ novels, it’s difficult to imagine how Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive could be adapted for the

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Greek Passion review at Grand Theatre, Leeds – ‘accessible and affecting’ by John Murphy

Bohuslav Martinu’s The Greek Passion may be more than 60 years old, but its contemporary relevance is stinging. The Czech composer’s opera,

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

One Man, Two Guvnors review at Derby Theatre – ‘gloriously daft and highly entertaining’ by John Murphy

One Man, Two Guvnors may only be eight years old, but it feels like it’s been around a lot longer. Since its

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Swallows and Amazons review at Theatre Royal, York – ‘witty and winsome score’ by John Murphy

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

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Life of Pi review at Crucible Theatre, Sheffield – ‘pure theatrical magic’ by John Murphy

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

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Be My Baby review at Leeds Playhouse – ‘poignant and heartfelt performances’ by John Murphy

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

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Around the World in 80 Days review at Leeds Playhouse – ‘an irreverent and unashamedly silly adaptation’ by John Murphy

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

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Standing at the Sky’s Edge review at Crucible Theatre, Sheffield – ‘a glorious musical tribute to an iconic Sheffield building’ by John Murphy

Park Hill flats have stood over Sheffield for nearly 60 years, as much a part of the city’s history as steel, snooker

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Hamlet review at Leeds Playhouse – ‘Tessa Parr is remarkable in inspired take on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy’ by John Murphy

It starts with a good-natured fencing battle. It ends with a slightly less good-natured fencing battle, with bodies strewn across the stage.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Hang review at Crucible Studio, Sheffield – ‘a taut, intense revival’ by John Murphy

Taio Lawson’s revival of Debbie Tucker Green’s 2015 play Hang is incredibly tense. The incessant hum of the air conditioning, the flickering

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Random review at Leeds Playhouse – ‘superbly performed’ by John Murphy

7.37am. An alarm clock blares, a family stirs. It’s the start of another day, in which children complain about their burnt porridge

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Review: The Department of Distractions at Sheffield Crucible by John Murphy

...sorry, where were we? John Murphy reviews Third Angel's detective story about distraction and misdirection. The post Review: The Department of Distractions at Sheffield Crucible appeared …

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Review: Kiss Me, Kate at Sheffield Crucible by John Murphy

Raising the roof: John Murphy reviews Sheffield Crucible's slick and spectacular production of the Cole Porter classic. The post Review: Kiss Me, Kate at Sheffield Crucible appeared first on…

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Woods review at Cast, Doncaster – ‘fun festive treat’ by John Murphy

There’s a brand new pantomime team installed at Doncaster’s Cast and Ben Crocker and Chris Lawson have marked the occasion by mashing

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Peter Pan review at Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield – ‘reliably delightful’ by John Murphy

Paul Hendy’s Christmas pantomimes have become something of a Sheffield institution, with Peter Pan marking his 12th consecutive production for the Lyceum.

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

A Christmas Carol review at Leeds Playhouse – ‘Dickens with added panto cheer’ by John Murphy

It takes skill to inject freshness into A Christmas Carol. Yet Amy Leach has managed just that, by adding some pantomime elements

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Review: Windows of Displacement at Sheffield Crucible by John Murphy

"Be a mother to another": John Murphy writes on Akeim Toussaint Buck's engaging and accessible solo dance piece on the diasporic experience. The post Review: Windows of Displacement at Sheff…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Europe review at Leeds Playhouse – ‘frighteningly relevant’ by John Murphy

  Leeds Playhouse’s pop-up season opened last month with Jim Cartwright’s Road, and the theme of community continues on a more global

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Mother Courage and Her Children review at Albion Electrical Warehouse, Leeds – ‘an evocative promenade staging’ by John Murphy

Rather like the proverbial shark, Mother Courage and her children have to keep moving, or they’ll die. In Red Ladder’s production the

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Steel review at Crucible Studio, Sheffield – ‘sharp, witty and angry look at women in politics’ by John Murphy

Steel is what defines Sheffield as a city, but it’s also a city identified by left-wing politics – it was once known,

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Road review at Leeds Playhouse – ‘an undercurrent of rage’ by John Murphy

Things are changing in West Yorkshire. As well as a rebrand of the theatre to Leeds Playhouse, it’s also undergoing a major

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Songs from the Seven Hills review at Crucible Theatre, Sheffield – ‘heartfelt and witty’ by John Murphy

A bereaved daughter fights to keep her local community centre open. A vicar finds the strength to leave her abusive husband. A

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Love and Information review at Crucible Studio, Sheffield – ‘dazzling, disorientating, haunting’ by John Murphy

Love and Information leaves you feeling punch-drunk. Caryl Churchill’s play, receiving its regional premiere after its 2012 debut at the Royal Court

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

On Behalf of the People review at Crucible Theatre, Sheffield – ‘poignant and moving’ by John Murphy

  Coal mining is obviously a subject close to South Yorkshire hearts, but Ray Castleton hasn’t taken the easy option of writing

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at Crucible, Sheffield by John Murphy

Pertinent and unsettling: John Murphy reviews a stage adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel. The post Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at Crucible, Sheffield appeared first on Exeun…

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Sunshine on Leith review at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds – ‘uplifting and joyous’ by John Murphy

James Brining and Stephen Greenhorn’s musical, featuring the songs of The Proclaimers, has taken on a life of its own since its

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Chicken Soup review at Crucible Studio, Sheffield – ‘warmth, wit and quiet anger’ by John Murphy

Although the music on the radio may change over the years, the song remains very much the same. That’s the message to

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Review: The Wizard of Oz at the Sheffield Crucible by John Murphy

We're not in Sheffield anymore: Robert Hastie's first Christmas musical in Sheffield whisks audiences off to Oz. The post Review: The Wizard of Oz at the Sheffield Crucible appeared first on…

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Mother Goose review at Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield – ‘fresh and fun’ by John Murphy

Despite hailing from Essex, Damien Williams has become as much a part of Sheffield as Henderson’s Relish and Jarvis Cocker. This year

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Beauty and the Beast review at Cast, Doncaster – ‘professional and competent’ by John Murphy

It may be a tale as old as time, but Tobias Oliver and Matthew Bugg’s version of Beauty and the Beast is

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Neverland review at Theatre Deli, Sheffield – ‘an immersive adventure’ by John Murphy

You enter by climbing over a child’s bed through a hole in the wall, to find yourself playing cricket in Edwardian England.

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