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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 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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Feature The Hottest Ticket in Town

Liz Coggins reviews Wicked at The Grand Theatre

I can’t remember seeing a show at The Grand (and my first visit was at the age of two) where the entire audience rose to its feet at the end of the show to give a standing ovation - which was exactly what happened after the second performance of Wicked and not without good reason!

 

After seeing the show I really understood why General Manager, Ian Sime confessed that when he received confirmation that Wicked was coming to the theatre – he and his staff “danced round the office with excitement!”. For The Grand is the only venue in Yorkshire for…

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Feature Betty Blue Eyes is Back Where She Belongs

Liz Coggins reviews West Yorkshire Playhouse’s latest musical offering

When one of Yorkshire’s most famous sons turns 80 it’s time for a celebration. And that’s exactly what’s happening at West Yorkshire Playhouse as Alan Bennett reaches that landmark age.

 

With plays and even an audience with Bennett, the ultimate offering has to be the musical Betty Blue Eyes. First performed in 2011 it’s the first performance of George Stiles and Anthony Drew’s musical outside London. And the Bennett connection? The script by Ron Cowen and Danielle Lipman is adapted from Bennett’s screen play for his 1984 film A Private Function.

 

The play takes place at a time…

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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…

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