PREVIEW: Leeds Grand Theatre announces Wicked new season of big name shows and premieres

From Oz to the Swamp, Vegas to New Jersey - Leeds Grand Theatre today announced a new season of big name shows and premieres for 2017-18.

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The Weir

VIDEO PREVIEW: Haunting classic play The Weir to tour Yorkshire theatres

A remote Irish town...haunted by secrets - award-winning Connor McPherson's chilling modern classic play The Weir is about to tour Yorkshire.

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SMALL WONDERS: Opera North's new season The Little Greats, at Leeds Grand Theatre.

Review: Opera North’s Little Greats

Leeds Grand Theatre

“I thought for one dreadful moment it was all going to be in English,” one listener whispered. It was the opening moment of I Pagliacci and Opera North’s season of Little Greats. But he needn’t have worried. It was a stroke of genius – to begin the play within a play with Tonio (Richard Burkhard) singing in English, with impeccably clear diction, and then go straight into the original Italian for the rest of the action.

WINNERS: The Ruck follows a team of girls under-16 rugby on a tour of Australia. Picture: Andrew Billington.

Review: The Ruck

Theatre Royal, Wakefield

The Ruck, which is on a short Yorkshire tour, is billed as a comedy- drama but although there are the occasional touches of light humour the subjects it deals with: gender identity, racial tension and incest are anything but funny.

NEW PRODUCTION: Barry Calvert as Sean and Richard Galloway as Cathal in Buglight Theatres Marching on Embers.

New play explores family and politics in Northern Ireland

Whichever way you look at it we are currently living through pretty turbulent and divisive times politically.

DOMESTIC COMEDY: A Brief History of Women. Picture: � Tony Bartholomew.

Theatrical giant

Alan Ayckbourn is one of the world’s greatest living playwrights and is still challenging himself and his audiences. Chris Bond went to see him.

DRAMA: Reece Dinsdale and Katherine Rose Morley in rehearsals at the Playhouse.Pictures: Anthony robling

Master builder

This month Reece Dinsdale takes the lead role in a reimagining of an Ibsen classic. Theatre correspondent Nick Ahad reports.

Corruption, greed and sex in 1920s Skipton

Corruption, greed and sex in 1920s Skipton

Blake Morrison has been working with Northern Broadsides for 20 years, but he never expected his new play to be Barrie Rutter’s final farewell. He talks to Yvette Huddleston.

Taxpayers to prop up fraud-hit Leeds theatre’s pension pot

Taxpayers to prop up fraud-hit Leeds theatre’s pension pot

Leeds City Council has agreed to continue to guarantee the pensions programme for a flagship city theatre company which was rocked by a fraud scandal involving a former finance chief.

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‘All of us stood on Sir Peter’s shoulders’

SIR PETER Hall, the former director of the National Theatre and founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, was last night remembered as a “colossus and visionary” to whom every living playwright owes a debt.

EMOTIONAL: Nick Ahad's play Partition was at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Review: Partition

West Yorkshire Playhouse


VIDEO: Get your skates on for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform at Disney On Ice

Get your skates on...and you could be performing at this year's Disney On Ice arena spectacular, Passport To Adventure.

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LOOKING BACK: Sir Alan Ayckbourn is celebrating 60 years at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

Big interview: Sir Alan Ayckbourn

It’s 60 years since Alan Ayckbourn joined the Stephen Joseph Theatre. To mark the occasion he’s hosting two gala evenings. Chris Bond met him.

HANGING OUT: Milton Jones new show Milton Jones is Out There comes to York Barbican later this month.

Punny guy

Wacky stand-up Milton Jones has made his name as a master of the punning one-liner but his new show is a little more political. He spoke to Ben Williams.

The cast and crew of Partition

Radio play inpsired by Partition takes to the stage

This week Nick Ahad has been rehearsing at West Yorkshire Playhouse as his new radio play Partition takes to the stage.


Reaching for stars to create the North’s top new venue

Back in its heyday, the old Bradford Odeon housed a huge auditorium where such music legends as The Beatles, Buddy Holly and Tom Jones once graced the stage.

One Day, Maybe is a surreal addition to Hull City of Culture.

Review: One Day, Maybe, Hull City of Culture

It’s 12 hours on and I am still not entirely sure what happened inside a derelict office block in Hull city centre. One Day, Maybe is the latest offering in the City of Culture programme and arguably amongst the most surreal.

PARTY TIME: Wakefield Youth Music Theatres production of Our House.

Review: Our House

Our House, the musical featuring the songs of the ska band Madness, blasted onto the stage of the Theatre Royal Wakefield last week.

Osama Bin Laden. (Photo: Hamid Mir).

Controversial Osama Bin Laden show to be staged at Doncaster theatre

A controversial and explosive play about Osama Bin Laden is to be staged in Doncaster next month.

An Office and a Gentleman - The Musical coming to Yorkshire theatres in 2018

PREVIEW: An Officer and a Gentleman - The Musical is coming to Yorkshire theatres in 2018

An Officer and a Gentleman - The Musical is set to lift Yorkshire audiences up where they belong next year when with performances at Leeds Grand Theatre and Bradford Alhambra Theatre.

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