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Feature The National Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors arrives at Leeds Grand Theatre.

Liz Coggins reviews this production on its national tour of the country.

Seen by over one million people world wide The National Theatre’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors is based on Richard Bean’s version of Carlo Goldoni’s classic 18th century Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters with music by Grand Holding.

 

It’s a story of disguise, confusion and violence and its strong characters are resemblative of those in the Ealing Comedies of the 50’s. However unlike those masterpieces of British comedy, this work lacks depth and substance and struggles at times to find its own level bordering on pantomime, stand-up and farce.

 

It’s a slick fast moving production,…

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Feature LOVE IN A COLD CLIMATE

Liz Coggins reviews Opera North’s production of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride.

It was in 1981 that I first saw Opera North’s production of The Bartered Bride. It was part of my mother’s inauguration programme for me to learn to appreciate the delights of opera. Choosing the right operas for people who are just starting out as opera goers is so important she used to declare. And mother, whose operatic career was brought to a sudden end by the onslaught of war followed by marriage and motherhood, certainly knew best.

 

The production I remember was folksy and set in Bohemia in the mid 19th century.  So I must say I was…

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Feature Liz Coggins travels to the cultural heart of Germany

If you love the arts and music then Weimar in the cultural heart of Germany should definitely be on your holiday agenda.

Firmly established on the central German cultural map for hundreds of years, Weimar in the state of Thüringen is home to 16 UNESCO world heritage sites and is easily accessible from the UK with twice weekly flights by Germania airlines to nearby Erfurt.

 

I took the flight from Gatwick travelling down to London on East Coast Trains very speedy and comfortable route then with a friend by car to my airport hotel.

 

I chose from the Holiday Extras airport hotel and was so glad I did staying at the Courtyard by Marriott. It’s so near the terminal you…

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Feature BIG BOLD AND SURPRISINGLY BEAUTIFUL SHREK THE MUSICAL IS A GIANT SUCCESS

Liz Coggins reviews the launch of the national tour at The Grand Theatre Leeds.

 

If you thought Shrek was just for kids – then think again. It’s rather like pantomime – sweet, sugary and innocent but subtlety laced with some rather cheeky innuendoes that make it an hilarious experience for grown ups.

 

General Manager, Ian Sime, has once again pulled out all stops and secured Leeds audiences the fantastic experience of being the very first to witness this great national tour of this great musical.

 

The musical stems from DreamWorks motion picture and the book by William Steig. It’s the story of Shrek the ogre and the feisty Princess Fiona both…

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Feature THE MOUSETRAP RETURNS TO LEEDS GRAND THEATRE

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has been the world’s longest running stage production at its London home for more than 55 years. The 60th Anniversary – and first ever - UK tour of this beloved murder mystery has now been seen by over 600,000 people across more than 600 performances.

Of course Leeds Grand Theatre is not new to The Mousetrap. Before it began its unprecedented run in the West End in 1952 it was at The Grand – and it starred Richard Attenborough and his beloved wife Sheila Sim.

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Feature THE TOAST OF THE EAST COAST

Liz Coggins reviews THOROUGHLY MODERN MUSICALS at the Spa Theatre Scarborough

The Spa Theatre boasts the longest running summer show in the UK and its not hard to understand why.

 

Its over ten years since Tony Peers rebranded the archetypal end-of-the-pier seaside variety show. Once the domain of red nosed comics, simpering sopranos and past their sell by date chorus girls, he replaced it with a sophisticated stage show that wouldn’t be out of place in a number one theatre or top class cabaret venue.

 

For this years show Peers was adamant when auditioning his cast “I wanted singers who could dance – not just move”  and he certainly…

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