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Sunday, February 18, 2024

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A Colchester theatre is picking works out of a hat. In a defunded and exclusive sector, at least someone will get a chance Nick Ahad is a presenter for BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and the auth…

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Frankenstein review – muscular but ungainly update has visible stitching by Nick Ahad

Leeds PlayhouseImitating the Dog follow their innovative Dracula and Night of the Living Dead with a version of Shelley’s classic that bolts on a contemporary story about impending parenth…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Friday, January 5, 2024

Today’s lesson: The Boy at the Back of the Class now learns from To Kill a Mockingbird by Nick Ahad

Adapting Onjali Q Raúf’s novel for the stage proved a challenge but her refugee story, which has a new nod to Harper Lee, is both urgent and unforgettable When I was young, my Bangladeshi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Monday, December 18, 2023

‘Red Ladder shares a lot of my DNA’: radical Yorkshire theatre company’s new leader Cheryl Martin by Nick Ahad

The organisation’s incoming artistic director shares plans to tour a ‘massive immersive experience’ to empty spaces across the country It might not have dominated the headlines quite l…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:18AM
Wednesday, November 15, 2023

I Should Be So Lucky, The Musical review – missing the Hit Factory by Nick Ahad

Manchester Opera House Show built around Stock Aitken Waterman’s songs flies so long as the pop classics are playing Having been born at the end of the 1970s and come of age in the 1980s, …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Friday, October 6, 2023

The Hypochondriac review – Molière malady comedy played for big laughs by Nick Ahad

Crucible, Sheffield It takes a while to get going but when it hits its straps, thanks to the cast’s skilful handling of farce, Sarah Tipple’s production from the Roger McGough translatio…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:25AM
Thursday, September 14, 2023

Great Expectations review – Bengal in 1905 is tailor-made for Dickens by Nick Ahad

Royal Exchange theatre, ManchesterTanika Gupta brings authority and nuance to her adaptation, exploring class, colonialism, partition and invasion – and finding unexpected resonance The So…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:33AM
Wednesday, July 19, 2023

The Empress review – resonant survival tales of Victorian Britain by Nick Ahad

Royal Shakespeare theatre, Stratford-upon-AvonTanika Gupta’s historical drama has only got more relevant since 2013, but there’s an awful lot of migration stories to get through in three…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:25AM
Friday, May 19, 2023

No Pay? No Way! review – rising food prices lead to theft and farce by Nick Ahad

Royal Exchange theatre, ManchesterAn updated version of Dario Fo and Franca Rame’s 1974 satire speaks to our times but also suffers from a lack of cohesion It is quite startling to witness…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:03PM
Saturday, April 1, 2023

Last night at Oldham Coliseum: a joyful, funny and furious farewell by Nick Ahad

Maxine Peake and Christopher Eccleston among performers as venue put on final show after losing Arts Council funding In the end, if indeed it is the end (many on stage would have you believe…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06AM
Friday, March 17, 2023

The Good Person of Szechwan review – Brecht’s parable gets a bold revamp by Nick Ahad

Crucible, Sheffield Anthony Lau brings rich cultural authenticity to the stinging China-set capitalist critique – as well as slides and giant frogs The success of Everything Everywhere All…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:02AM
Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Much Ado About Nothing review – hilarious, heartfelt show is everything by Nick Ahad

Crucible, SheffieldDaneka Etchells is the most compelling Beatrice you might ever see in an exceptional production of the romantic comedy Post lockdown, theatres are looking for sure things …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:04AM
Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Identical review – Trevor Nunn takes on The Parent Trap, with songs by Nick Ahad

Nottingham PlayhouseThis earnest musical, which features three sets of real twins across its cast, has a deeply moving pay-off This is an implausible musical, and you may spend the overlong …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:07AM
Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Lizard Boy review – the guy with the green scales looks for love by Nick Ahad

Hope Mill theatre, ManchesterHeading to the Edinburgh fringe, Justin Huertas’s wildly original musical is sweet and likable but takes itself too seriously In 2004, the off-kilter American …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:37AM
Friday, April 1, 2022

The House With Chicken Legs review – inventive folk tale is in fine feather by Nick Ahad

Home, ManchesterSophie Anderson’s novel about a ‘yaga’ ushering the newly dead to the next world is put on its feet in this exuberant show Is the house going to grow chicken legs and r…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Sunday, March 27, 2022

Say Yes to Tess review – Yorkshire election campaign musical is a joy by Nick Ahad

Leeds PlayhouseWhile unrefined, this show based on Tess Seddon’s failed attempt to stand for parliament, has a heart the size of at least one of the Ridings There is a neat irony here: had…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:18AM
Sunday, February 27, 2022

71 Coltman Street review – the raucous origins of Hull Truck theatre company by Nick Ahad

Hull TruckOne-liners and vernacular idiosyncrasies at the ready, the Hull-born One Man, Two Guvnors playwright Richard Bean takes us back to 1971 and the founding of a local institution Ori…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48AM
Friday, February 11, 2022

Anna Karenina review – Tolstoy meets Baz Luhrmann in a magnificent spectacle by Nick Ahad

Crucible, SheffieldWith hula hoops and a giant cake, this show bashes the narrative with disco glitz but keeps tragedy at its centre That the props department had to source a giant birthday …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Thursday, February 10, 2022

An Adventure review – epic trek from India to England with a stunning debut by Nick Ahad

Octagon, BoltonThe regional premiere of Vinay Patel’s six-decade, three-continent story features a fantastic first professional performance from Saba Shiraz Early on in this three-act, two…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Friday, January 28, 2022

Human Nurture review – urgent tale of race, identity and privilege by Nick Ahad

Studio, SheffieldRyan Calais Cameron’s story of two young men who grew up together in care is flawed yet has a visceral rawness A writer singled out as a future star, Ryan Calais Cameron (…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03PM
Thursday, January 6, 2022

Wendy and Peter Pan review – swashbuckling bombast, darkness and laughs by Nick Ahad

Leeds PlayhouseAfter a run at the Tokyo Olympics, this production arrives in Britain with every ounce of humour and verve exploited to the full A witty retelling of a classic that leaves no …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06AM
Friday, December 17, 2021

She Loves Me review – a festive musical in tune with our times by Nick Ahad

Crucible, SheffieldThis story of loneliness and romantic disappointment is not obvious Christmas show material but has a lot to say about the season An attempted suicide, characters in the g…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Treasure Island review – BSL production a sign of progress by Nick Ahad

Derby theatreJim Hawkins becomes a young woman (or two) in this joyous but flawed adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale While this is a sometimes flawed production, with an o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:24AM
Monday, October 25, 2021

The Trial review – even a tale of alienation needs an emotional anchor by Nick Ahad

The Civic, BarnsleyProper Job’s staging of Kafka’s unfinished novel has a watchable lead and some cracking jokes, but leaves us short on connection There is a clue about what is to come …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42AM
Thursday, September 30, 2021

Dracula: The Untold Story review – a wild gothic thrill ride by Nick Ahad

Leeds PlayhouseFor a tale of the undead, Imitating the Dog’s inventive blend of live theatre and tech is bursting with life Having tackled zombies in its most recent production, Night of t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:42AM
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Typical Girls review – a blast of punky gig-theatre fuelled by the Slits by Nick Ahad

Crucible, SheffieldA group of female prisoners come together for a concert in Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s energetic and joyful play You wait three years for a new Morgan Lloyd Malcolm play and…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:42AM
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Wrestling's grand slam: when Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy were kings by Nick Ahad

As a boy, Nick Ahad idolised the wrestlers he saw on Saturday TV. Now he has revisited the sport’s northern heartland in Glory, a state-of-the-nation play that captures the thrill of the r…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:04AM
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Aladdin review at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford – ‘panto perfection’ by Nick Ahad

Christopher Biggins arrives on stage as Widow Twankey in a cake emblazoned with a great 20™ and the curtain call ends with

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 12:38PM
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Race is still a touchy subject at the Edinburgh fringe by Nick Ahad

As the only brown person in the room at The Glang Show, I couldn’t shake a sense of otherness when a quip turned sourI’m a few months into a new career as a standup comedian. I’ve had …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:33PM
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Keepy Uppy review at Grand Theatre, Leeds – ‘inventive theatre for young children’ by Nick Ahad

Ask anyone who has trained with Philippe Gaulier: clowning is seriously hard work. A reminder of just how hard comes in Keepy

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

When We Were Brothers review at the Underground, Bradford – ‘moving and hopeful’ by Nick Ahad

With his background writing for Coronation Street, playwright Ben Tagoe knows how to crank up the tension in a confined space. With

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 07:19AM

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2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards