Aasiya Shah: I never saw girls who looked like me on stage.

As hit show Anita and Me arrives in Bradford, the young actor in the lead role speaks to Theatre correspondent Nick Ahad.

Marianne McNamara who is director of Mikron Theatre Company.
2 February 2017.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

All aboard Yorkshire’s only floating theatre company

As the 2017 season begins, Marianne McNamara talks to Sarah Freeman about heading up Yorkshire’s only floating theatre company.


VIDEO: Doing a Harry celebrate Yorkshire comedy legend's 100th birthday

Yorkshire comedy legend Harry Worth gave the world the 'miraculous levitation' - where you stand next to a shop window, raise an arm and a leg and the hilarious reflection looks like you are floating in the air.
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Roger Daltrey (left) and Pete Townsend of The Who

Pete Townshend writes two new songs for Tommy revival in Yorkshire

IN AN age of psychedelic excess, it was one of the first rock operas, an early sign of a teenage rebellion that would soon engulf popular entertainment.

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Hannah Bateman and Joseph Taylor in Casanova. Photo Guy Farrow

Review: Casanova, Leeds Grand Theatre

Northern Ballet’s brand new production, inspired by the life of Giacomo Casanova, is sure to become one of the jewels in the crown of the company’s impressive repertoire. It is a truly eye-catching spectacle with a strong narrative thread and stunning choreography.

Hannah Bateman and Joseph Taylor in Casanova. Picture: Guy Farrow

Flirty dancing: Stepping out with Casanova

Giacomo Casanova once said that a man can do a lot in 15 minutes. Northern Ballet will have a little longer to tell his life story, but even aside from his exploits as the world’s most famous lover, there is a lot to pack in. Casanova was fluent in eight languages and could write in seven; it was his hand that completed the first translation of the Iliad into modern Italian; he was a recognised expert in cubic geometry; and he set up the first national lottery in France.

SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON: He said theatres help to enrich our lives.

Sir Michael Parkinson backs £5m theatre campaign to help ‘enrich our lives’

SIR MICHAEL Parkinson has backed a £5m fundraising campaign to renovate his local theatre.

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Sneak preview of £14m Leeds theatre redevelopment

Sneak preview of £14m Leeds theatre redevelopment

Here’s a sneak preview of plans to transform Leeds’s flagship theatre in a multi-million pound redevelopment.

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Polly Frame as Dr Victoria Frankenstein. Picture by Pamela Raith.

How Frankenstein got recast as a woman

As a new production of Frankenstein arrives in Sheffield next week, Theatre correspondent Nick Ahad speaks to the director.

Tessa Parr and Dan Parr in Amy Leach's Romeo and Juliet.

Review: Romeo and Juliet, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

There is no doubt that Amy Leach is a talented theatre director. She’s shown it previously at the West Yorkshire Playhouse with Little Sure Shot and Kes and she shows it here too with Romeo and Juliet.

Choosing to stage Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy was a brave move. Choosing to cast the action against contemporary gang culture even braver. It’s been done a thousand times before and not always successfully.

Ben Hunter (left) with Tim Firth, co-star Chloe May Jackson, Gary Barlow and Josh Benson. Picture: Matt Crockett

Hull teenager scoops Olivier nomination for The Girls musical

A TEENAGER from Hull who landed one of the plumb roles in Gary Barlow’s musical about Yorkshire’s Calendar Girls was nominated today for one of the theatre world’s leading awards.

Northern Brightside's husband and wife team Conrad Nelson and Deb McAndrew.

The husband and wife who are driving forward Northern Broadsides

Northern Broadsides is 25 years old. Nick Ahad meets its long-serving husband and wife team Conrad Nelson and Deborah McAndrew.

Christian Edwards in Northern Broadsides' Cyrano. Picture by Nobby Clark.

Review: Cyrano, Northern Broadsides

Wit, energy and panache; all adjectives often associated with Northern Broadsides.

Mark Addy in The Hypocrite by Richard Bean.

Review: The Hypocrite, Hull Truck Theatre

Richard Bean’s The Hypocrite, a collaboration between the RSC and Hull Truck for Hull City of Culture, proves he is our leading writer of farce says Nick Ahad

Amy Leach directing rehearsals of the new production of Romeo and Juliet at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Picture Tony Johnson.

How Romeo and Juliet moved from Verona to inner-city Leeds

It’s Shakespeare’s most popular play, but Amy Leach tells Sarah Freeman why Romeo and Juliet has never been more relevant.

The cast of ITV's Broadchurch

Story so far: Corrie’s Hayley steals the show as Broadchurch audience rivals Downton

The return of Broadchurch has given ITV its biggest drama audience since Downton Abbey in 2015.

Nina Yndis as Lucya and Joe Shipman as Jim Callaghan in Box of Tricks' Narvik. Image Credit: Decoy Media

Review: Narvik, York Theatre Royal

Narvik is the story of a love affair between a Liverpudlian sailor and a Norwegian school teacher. It’s also the story of the horrors of the war, how individual events ripple through time and how the consequences of youthful actions never really leave us.

Birmingham Stage Company presents Gangsta Granny by David Walliams, which will be on stage in Leeds in May. Pic: Mark Douet

Gangsta Granny stage company pulls shows at Leeds theatre in booking fees row

A leading touring stage company is to stop performing at a Leeds theatre in protest at “ludicrous” booking fees levied on its tickets for school children.

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Sister Act Alexandra Burke

Review: Sister Act

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Murder mystery

Crime writer Agatha Christie and Margaret Rutherford, who played one of her most famous detectives, are finally reunited on stage. Sarah Freeman reports.

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