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

17th March, 2016
City Varieties, Leeds

Frankie Boyle

****

Raw, savage, and as politically correct as a red-coloured Conservative rosette - hard-hitting comedy from the angry Scotsman.

11th March, 2016
Grand Theatre, Leeds

Northern Ballet

****

A very different and more contemporary Swan Lake filled with great passion and fabulous choreography.

7th March, 2016
City Varieties, Leeds

Neil O'Brien Entertainment

****

A fabulous double A sided musical evening in which the cheerful and gloriously harmonic Puppini Sisters were matched by support act Hollie Stephenson.

4th March, 2016
Alhambra Theatre, Leeds

Regents Park Theatre

***

Raw, energetic and disturbing - a visually stunning and harrowingly atmospheric examination of the worst of human nature.

12th February, 2016
Grand Theatre, Leeds

Opera North

*****

First-class staging and a brilliant cast combine beautiful music and breathtaking vocals in a memorable adaptation of the classic opera.

12th February, 2016
Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

New Adventures

****

First-class staging and a brilliant cast combine beautiful music and breathtaking vocals in a memorable adaptation of the classic opera.

12th February, 2016
Carriageworks, Leeds

Leeds Youth Opera

****

A thoughtful, distinctive and beautifully crafted version of the classic opera - a real triumph for the young performers of LYO.

5th February, 2016
Carriageworks, Leeds

Leeds Arts Centre

***

An accomplished presentation of an eccentric evergreen classic.

14th January, 2016
City Varieties, Leeds

Katherine Ryan

*****

A torrent of thoughtful but imperiously barbed abuse cleverly softened by an easy girl next door charm from a master of laugh-a-minute top rate comedy.

 

 


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