Review: Barber Shop Chronicles

West Yorkshire Playhouse

DOUBLE ACT: Lotte Wakeham and Amelia Bullmore at Scarborough Stephen Joseph Theatre. Picture: Richard Ponter


The former Coronation Street actor Amelia Bullmore talks about her play showing in Scarborough. Nick Ahad reports.

David Edmunds who is launching Selby's first major Arts Festival pictured at Slby Abbey.
4 July 2017.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

Can an arts festival transform the fortunes of an overlooked Yorkshire town?

David Edmunds specialises in taking art to unusual places, so when someone said Selby could never sustain an arts festival he tells Sarah Freeman why he set out to prove them wrong.

Barrie Rutter, at Northern Broadsides' Dean Clough, Halifax, headquarters this spring. Picture by Simon Hulme

Barrie Rutter to step down as Halifax-based Northern Broadsides artistic director

Northern Broadsides today announced that their founder and artistic director Barrie Rutter OBE will step down in April 2018 after leading the company for 25 years.

YP Comment: A pioneering company man

YP Comment: A pioneering company man

The news that Barrie Rutter is stepping down as artistic director of Northern Broadsides will cause dismay among many theatre fans.

Barrie Rutter earlier this year at Dean Clough, Halifax, the home of Northern Brodsides. Picture by Simon Hulme.

“We called the Arts Council’s bluff - they called it back,” Barrie Rutter on why he’s leaving Northern Broadsides

Barrie Rutter has resigned as the artistic director of Northern Broadsides. Sometimes you don’t need to dress up the facts.

“I don’t think I have a national profile such that it will create much fuss,” he says.

I say he’s about to find out how wrong he is.

Squash star proves match fit as he tries his hand at acting

Squash star proves match fit as he tries his hand at acting

Former world number one squash player James Willstrop has a secret passion. Rob Gilmour finds out why the Yorkshireman loves treading the boards

Barrie Rutter has announced he is stepping down as artistic director of Northern Broadsides.

Barrie Rutter takes swipe at the Arts Council as he makes shock departure from Northern Broadsides

Barrie Rutter has shocked Yorkshire’s arts world by announcing he is stepping down as artistic director of Northern Broadsides. And as he left he took a swipe at Arts Council England for failing to give the company the increased funding it had asked for.

MeetCute, part of Slung Low Shorts. Picture by Jim Mumby (JAM Photography).

Review: Slung Low Shorts, Leeds

Christopher Eccleston recently said that he feared working class actors - and as a result working class voices - were becoming a dying breed in Britain. He was speaking from over in New York which has been home since he was cast in HBO’s The Leftovers. Had he cupped his hand to his ear and listened very closely he might just have got a nice surprise from back in Blighty.

PAST AND PRESENT: The cast of Nick Ahads play Coming Home Together which toured schools in West Yorkshire.

History play

2017 is the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India, the subject of Nick Ahad’s latest play. He spoke to Yvette Huddleston.

Auctioneer Gary Don with a giant from Jack and the Beanstalk. Picture by Simon Hulme

Aladdin’s cave of panto props under hammer

PACKED INTO crates and strewn across the floor, it is a complete theatrical production. All that’s missing is a script and the actors.

Christopher Eccleston in The Leftovers.

Christopher Eccleston: Conservative policies will be the end of working class actors like me

He is one of Britain’s most successful actors, so why does Christopher Eccleston think the working classes are being excluded from the arts? He talks to Finlay Greig.

A CLOSE SHAVE: Barber Shop Chronicles is at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

A safe place

Rising star Inua Ellams’ new play explores the scope of conversations in barbershops, from Leeds to Africa. Theatre correspondent Nick Ahad reports.

NOSTALGIA FEST: Dreamboats and Petticoats is at Leeds Grand Theatre.

Review: Dreamboats and Petticoats

Dreamboats and Petticoats is a musical that improves with age.

Launch of Ice Cream the Opera with Ian McMillan, at Centenary Square, Bradford. Picture by Simon Hulme.

The opera inspired by ice cream vans premieres in Yorkshire

Carmen is set in southern Spain and charts the downfall of Don José. Paris’ bohemian Latin Quarter provides the backdrop for La Boheme’s tragic love affair. Ian McMillan’s new opera will use Bradford’s City Park as a stage and a couple of ice cream vans will double as the set.

CLASSICS REIMAGINED: Reece Dinsdale, above, takes the lead in The Master Builder and Sally Cookson, inset, directs The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Curtain up

West Yorkshire Playhouse announced its new season this week. Theatre correspondent Nick Ahad looks at the highlights.

The Addams Family musical. Photo by Matt Martin

Review: The Addams Family, Alhambra, Bradford

Remember The Addams Family? That creepy, sexy and laugh out loud funny television series? Good. Remember the big screen version back in the early 1990s, with Angelica Houston as a brilliantly vampish Morticia and a young Christina Ricci as the deadpan, macarbe Wednesday? Again good. Treasure those memories because this musical version rides roughshod over the original which began life as a New Yorker comic strip.

The Vamps at Sheffield O2 Academy on Monday, July 10.

WIN: Tickets to see The Vamps at Sheffield O2 Academy July 10

The Vamps have only just wrapped their massive UK arena tour but are back with an album preview show at the Sheffield Academy on Monday and you could be going for FREE.
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HOMECOMING:  Bradford-born Asif Khans well-received debut play will be coming to his home city as part of Bradford Literature Festival next week.

Play for our times

Bradford-born Asif Khan’s play Combustion has taken London by storm and is in Yorkshire next week. Nick Ahad reports.

has your dog got what it takes to star in Legally Blonde?

Hunt launched to find talented dogs for Legally Blonde stage show in Sheffield - with "paw-ditions" to be held at Meadowhall

The hunt is on for Sheffield and South Yorkshire's cute and talented dogs - to star in a stage version of hit musical Legally Blonde.

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