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Liz Coggins travels to the cultural heart of Germany

Liz Coggins travels to the cultural heart of Germany

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 […]

THE MOUSETRAP RETURNS TO LEEDS GRAND THEATRE

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 […]

PURE IMAGINATION…….

PURE IMAGINATION…….

What have Brown’s and the musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory got in common? The answer is simple pure imagination because when I step into Brown’s restaurant, housed in the iconic former Leeds Permanent Building Society Building, I am transported into a “world of pure imagination” as the song goes. For step into Browns and […]

AVOID MAKEUP MELTDOWN

AVOID MAKEUP MELTDOWN

Temperatures can start to soar at weddings, garden parties, barbecues and other summer functions, which means the going can get hot for makeup. When its hot perspiration and oil production (sebum) increase, so we need to reduce the amount of grease we put on our faces. Start by allowing yourself plenty of time to shower, […]

THE TOAST OF THE EAST COAST

THE TOAST OF THE EAST COAST

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 […]

HOLIDAY HAIRLINES

HOLIDAY HAIRLINES

They are finally here those few precious months in the middle of the year that we all love. Gareth Vance, Senior Creative Director at Sassoon Salon, Leeds gives you the ultimate prepping hair guide for a gorgeous getaway and inside tips to how you can achieve healthy, hydrated Summer tresses. GET A HEAD START Booking […]

The Hottest Ticket in Town

The Hottest Ticket in Town

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! […]

Betty Blue Eyes is Back Where She Belongs

Betty Blue Eyes is Back Where She Belongs

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 […]

Ludus Festival: White Cane

Ludus Festival: White Cane

Visually impaired dancer Mickel Smithen and blind musician Takashi Kikuchi act as guides to Victoria Gardens as a sensory space of touch, vibration, movement and sound, in an unfolding dialogue between performers and public. Using their long white canes, they build up a deep connection with their environment, ‘sounding’ and ‘dancing’ the Gardens. The cane’s […]