Modern Theatre Reviews (2015)

I enjoy the good fortune of living in an area which is well blessed for good quality theatre. In less than a twenty minute journey from my home I can reach the Bradford Alhambra Theatre, Leeds Grand Theatre, and the West Yorkshire Playhouse (with two auditoria, based in Leeds City Centre). Extend that journey to forty minutes and I can also take in the Halifax Victoria Theatre, Huddersfield Lawrence Batley Theatre and the Wakefield Royal Opera House. Consequently, I visit one or other of these theatres fairly regularly and I thought it would be good to share my impressions from these outings with visitors to this website.

The scores given below are intended to reflect my own overall level of satisfaction with, and/or enjoyment of, the show concerned (based of course upon my own personal tastes). They are not intended to be necessarily indicative of the technical and/or artistic merits of the particular production concerned. I am not a professional critic or reviewer, and pay full price to see all of these shows for my own entertainment. Consequently, I have no vested interest nor any axe to grind, but neither do I pay to see shows which prima facie do not have a good reputation or do not appeal to me. These then are my own honest opinions - only those shows given a single star rating do I consider a significant dissappointment, and zero stars not worth seeing.


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Production

Genre

Date / Venue / Produced by

Score

21st March, 2014
City Varieties, Leeds

City Varieties

****

A funny, lively and hugely entertaining look back at a bygone era.

14th March, 2014
City Varieties, Leeds

City Varieties

****

A funny, lively and hugely entertaining look back at a bygone era.

13th March, 2014
Carriageworks, Leeds

LGSS

***

A cleverly staged and brilliantly sung production of the classic operetta.

10th March, 2014
St. George's Hall, Bradford

Moscow Ballet La Classique

*****

A sumptous and beautifully danced touring production of the ballet favourite.

6th March, 2014
Grand Theatre, Leeds

Northern Ballet

****

Flawed on narrative but strong on dance, a radically modernised and artistically stylised version of the classic story.

5th March, 2014
Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds

Renata Pokupić and Roger Vignoles

***

A delightful evening of classical music.

2nd March, 2014
Carriageworks, Leeds

Sell A Door

****

A disturbing, and occasionally shocking new interpretation of Stevenson's masterpiece.

27th February, 2014
Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

New Adventures

****

Ten years on Bourne's vivid retelling of Tim Burton's fantasy is as vibrant and inspiring as ever.

13th February, 2014
Carriageworks, Leeds

Leeds Youth Opera

****

A tense, gruesome, musical delight. Another great production from the young performers of LYO.

6th February, 2014
Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Watermill Theatre

***

Whip-crack-away! A lively but flawed version of the classic musical comedy.

 

 

 

 

 


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