Theatre

Cinderella

Cinderella

For over 75 years The Alhambra has been synonymous with spectacular pantomimes and this year’s production is no exception. With its breathtaking sets, lavish costumes and amazing transformation scenes and some startling special effects Cinderella can only be described as magical. The mainstay of the panto for 14 years has been Billy Pearce “My name’s […]

West Yorkshire Playhouse – New Season

West Yorkshire Playhouse – New Season

Under the leadership of new Artistic Director James Brining, who we hope to have an interview with shortly on the site, West Yorkshire Playhouse is starting a new chapter in 2013. Through a process of bold re-imagining and evaluation the Playhouse will be reassessing relationships with artists and audiences, with communities from across the region […]

One Man Two Guvnors

One Man Two Guvnors

There had been much hype over the last year about this particular production and I really wasn’t sure what to expect from an adaptation of a 250 year old Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters. What I actually experienced at the opening night of this play was one of the funniest evenings I have […]

Wind in The Willows

Wind in The Willows

Over the last few years West Yorkshire Playhouse has produced a sumptuous feast of entertainment for its audiences over the Christmas and New Year period. Ian Brown, former artistic director at the Playhouse until this last Summer, has returned as Director of this production and in this he lovingly brings to life the adventures of […]

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk

Despite lavish sets and costumes, and a talented cast of panto favourites Jack and The Beanstalk lacks the sparkle, vitality and brash, belly laugh humour that we have come to expect from Paul Holman productions. This year’s offering is also thin on the ground with audience participation as there are few opportunities to hiss, boo […]

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas……..For most people that means tasting their first mince pie or getting that ultra early Christmas card. For me its always been experiencing a performance of Tchaikovsky’s nutcracker – and this year the icing was truly on the Christmas cake with a performance at St Georges Hall by […]

Cinderella: The Rock ‘N Roll Panto

Cinderella: The Rock ‘N Roll Panto

Visits to two Pantos in a week – It’s getting to look a lot like Christmas, as Mr Buble’s song goes! And what another Christmas cracker this one is at Leeds City Varieties. A hugely talented cast, fabulous set design and 110% enthusiasm from all the performers makes this one of the best family pantos […]

Robin Hood & His Men in Tights

Robin Hood & His Men in Tights

Well, it’s that time of year again (Oh no it isn’t, Oh Yes it is) and we know it must be nearing Christmas when the Pantomime season starts. And this first one in the area is a real Christmas cracker from the Carpetbaggers Theatre Company in Guiseley. Producer Steven Clark and Director Martin Holmes have […]

The Mousetrap

The Mousetrap

Originally first performed as a 30 minute radio drama entitled “Three Blind Mice” it was commissioned by the BBC after discussions with King George VI to celebrate the 80th birthday of his mother Queen Mary in May 1952. Agatha Christie then extended this to the two hour stage drama that has now been running continuously […]

Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure

Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure

St Mary’s Youth Theatre from Garforth are celebrating their twentieth anniversary this year, having started in 1993 and over the years they have produced many exciting shows, initially in the Garforth area with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and more recently at The Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds. Steve Archdale started the group back in […]