Arts - theatre, art, classical, opera and dance in Leeds
Feature ITS NOT DANCING ON ICE BUT …
A new wave ice show hits the Alhambra. (Read more...)
Feature PASSIONATE PUCCINI
The Girl of the Golden West – Opera North’s first opera of the… (Read more...)
The City and Iris
Glass-Eye Theatre bring their exciting production of The City and Iris to Square Chapel Centre for the Arts on Sunday 23 March (7.30pm). This will be their debut at the venue and in Halifax for the company, and this is the only Northern date on the tour.
The City and Iris is a physical, visual and comic feast, the action is centred on a young girl Iris (played by Julia Correa) and ‘The City’ is brought to life by a talented chorus of five actors.
Without a set, the ensemble create Iris’ world. Ingeniously contorting their bodies and…
Feature Some Swell Sisters
Journey through the sounds of the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s & 70s with the ultra-glam
As part of our fantastic and varied programme of live music, we are delighted to welcome close-part harmony trio Some Swell Sisters to Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax on Thursday 20 March (8pm).
Some Swell Sisters entertain with songs that slide through the different eras, bringing three-part harmony to music from the 30s 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s, as well as giving modern songs a retro twist too.
The Some Swell Sisters are Abbey Norman, Kate Skellern (daughter of singer-songwriter Peter Skellern) and Jenanne Redman. Both Abbey and Jenanne have connections to the area, Abbey…
Feature A SHAKESPERIAN TRIUMPH
Liz Coggins reviews Opera North’s production of Macbeth
I can honestly say that I have never been enamoured by any production of Macbeth or indeed any of Shakespeare’s work whatever its genre. It comes from being force-fed at an early age a diet of the bard’s work delivered in the most boring by an even more boring form mistress.
So to find myself absolutely gripped and totally blown away by Opera North’s production of Macbeth was certainly a first for me.
Verdi described Shakespeare’s play as one of the greatest creations of man and Opera North’s production of this work is certainly one of their finest creations.…
Feature Matthew Bournes Swan lake
Broadway Entertainment Group in association with New Adventures are delighted that one of the most popular dance productions ever staged, MATTHEW BOURNE’S multi award-winning hit SWAN LAKE, will return to the Alhambra Theatre from Tuesday 4 - Saturday 8 March 2014. It comes to Bradford as part of a UK tour after an eight week season this Christmas at Sadler’s Wells.
Returning to the iconic role of The Swan are two powerful leading men, Jonathan Ollivier and Chris Trenfield who have both made the role of The Swan their own. Jonathan Ollivier, a former star of Northern…
Review The Pitmen Painters
Liz takes a look at the Pitment Painters at the Alhambra
There are no big names in the cast, the set is simple and its title is as blunt and to the point as its characters – yet the Pitmen Painters is one of the finest plays I have seen for some time at The Alhambra.
Written by Lee Hall, author of Billy Elliott, The Pitmen Painters is both meaningful and extremely funny. It reflects through the medium of art, the political and social cultures of the early 30’s and 40’s.
The story is based on fact. It tells the story of a group of Ashington miners, who hire a professor…
Review Save the Last Dance for Me
Sometimes no matter how much talent and creativity you put into a similar version of a highly successful show it never quite hits the same heights as its predecessor.
Save The Last Dance for Me, a new rock n roll musical ,set in the early 60’s based on heartbreak and young love from the writers of Dreamboats and Petticoats, but sadly it doesn’t have the same impact on its audience.
The story is told through the iconic music of Pumus and Shuman and follows the holiday romance of a 17 year old teenager from Luton on holiday with her sister…
Review The Ladykillers
“That’s one of the best plays I’ve ever seen here”, remarked the lady behind me on the way out. And she wasn’t alone everyone leaving the theatre was full of praise for the production – for there is little doubt that The Ladykillers is an evening of superb top class theatre.
The Ladykillers is a story that deals with good and evil in a humorous way. The story is the result of a dream by American William Rose,who in 1955,was persuaded to turn it into a film, The result was the iconic Ealing comedy with Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Danny…
Review High Society
From the first few moments of the show it was obvious what was going to happen. But it took nearly 3 hours of overly long dialogue, overdoses of reprises and the constant moving, sometimes just for the sake of it, of slotted door flats, to play out this story. Add to this too many sub-plots plus songs and duets that needed scissors taking to and you have the musical High Society.
High Society started life as a play on Broadway with the title ‘ The Philadelphia Story’ and was made into a film in 1939 with Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn…
Review Rutherford and Son
Rutherford and Son has been hailed by the National Theatre as one of the top 100 plays of the twentieth century – and after seeing Northern Broadsides production at West Yorkshire Playhouse this week it is not hard to understand why.
When premiered in London in 1912 Githa Sowerby’s play drew comparisons with Ibsen. Githa had taken on the British male theatre establishment and won. She was a woman of determination and considerable courage to do this and the dark story of a ruthless father who sacrifices his children for his huge glassworks in the North was later discovered to…
A Gothic Romance
Starting life as a story in 1697 the tale of Sleeping Beauty has been a play, Disney film, ballet and even a pantomime and is the epitome of a made in heaven fairy tale.
As a ballet it has delighted for generations. Sleeping Beauty was one of the first I ever saw as little more than a toddler with Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin and years later I found myself spellbound by the same magic watching Fonteyn and Nureyev, as millions of tiny wanna-be-ballerinas going to the ballet still do today. Why? Because it has the perfect ingredients of a…