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Beind the scenes at Strictly Ballroom The Musical

There are two things you notice about the costumes for Strictly Ballroom The Musical. Firstly there are sequins. Lots of them. Secondly those with negative body issues should probably not audition for a role. Skimpy, quite literally, doesn’t cover it. Not even close. The show, which sees maverick dancer Scott Hastings take on the traditionalists as he sets out to win the Pan-Pacific Grand Prix Dancing Championship, is based on Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 film of the same name. A few years ago the director decided to revisit the rom com which gave him his break on the big screen and take it back to the stage.

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Joyce Branagh, sister of Kenneth, directing panto at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield.

What’s Kenneth Branagh’s sister doing directing panto in Huddersfield?

Her brother is one of acting’s most famous names, so what’s Joyce Branagh doing directing panto in Huddersfield? She talks to Sarah Freeman.

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Andrew Sachs, best known for playing Spanish waiter Manuel in Fawlty Towers, has died aged 86

Classic video: John Cleese leads tributes to Andrew Sachs, Fawlty Towers’ Manuel

FUNNY foreigners were the foundation of many a TV comedy in the politically incorrect Seventies, but Andrew Sachs’ portrayal of a waiter known only as Manuel was no stereotype and Fawlty Towers no ordinary sitcom.

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Screen to stage

Screen to stage

A number of stage shows currently in the region started their lives as films. Theatre correspondent Nick Ahad reports.

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Review: The Full Monty

Review: The Full Monty

I’ve always regarded The Full Monty as the male equivalent to Calendar Girls.

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Sandra Marvin as Queenie and Emmanuel Kojo as Joe in Show Boat at the  Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.  Picture: Johan Persson

Casting call for theatres failing on diversity

IT WAS one of the triumphs of Yorkshire’s theatrical calendar: a hit show conceived and staged at Sheffield’s Crucible and transplanted successfully into the West End. But behind the scenes, a different drama was unfolding.

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Robert Hastie, artistic director of Sheffield Theatres.

Meet the new artistic director of Sheffield Theatres

Robert Hastie is the new artistic director at Sheffield Theatres. He tells Yvette Huddleston why the move back north is something of a homecoming.

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The magic of theatre

The magic of theatre

There’s a wide selection of children’s shows around the region this festive season. Theatre correspondent Nick Ahad reports.

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GENEROUS: Sculpture and works by Helen Marten who won  The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture at The Hepworth Wakefield. Picture Tony Johnson

Arts View

So, 2016 continues to distinguish itself as possibly one of the worst twelve-month periods in recent memory.

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Review: Chicago

Review: Chicago

By Liz Coggins

Chicago remains the second longest running musical on Broadway and it’s easy to understand why

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Michael Parkinson

My Yorkshire background made me feel I didn’t belong at the BBC says Michael Parkinson

HE WAS the ultimate Barnsley lad made good.

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Imelda Staunton is fed up of rustling in the theatre: Ian West/PA Wire

Nick Ahad: The five golden rules of good theatre going

As Imelda Staunton calls for sweets to be banned in auditoriums, Nick Ahad sets down his own set of rules for audience members.

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Collective memory

Collective memory

Commissioned to write a play for children about the First and Second World Wars, Theatre correspondent Nick Ahad learnt a lot from his target audience.

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Stage review: The Boys in the Band

Stage review: The Boys in the Band

By Julie Marshall

When The Boys in the Band was premiered in 1968, the year before the Stonewall riots, the world was a different place.

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Review: The House Behind the Lines

Review: The House Behind the Lines

By Yvette Huddleston

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VIDEO PREVIEW: The Commitments is fun for your soul with Coronation Street legend Kevin Kennedy

Whatever happened to Coronation Street's Curly Watts?
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FROM FILM TO STAGE: Alex Moss and Sarah Harding in Ghost: the Musical

Review: Ghost – The Musical

By Liz Coggings

It’s a daunting task to turn an award- winning film into a stage musical. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. In the case of Ghost the musical director Bob Tomson has achieved almost the impossible in a production that borders on brilliance.

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Review: You Forgot the Mince

Review: You Forgot the Mince

The Carriageworks, Leeds

By Yvette Huddleston

Imagine If theatre company’s thought-provoking play, written by Leeds theatre maker Francesca Joy, explores a modern-day abusive relationship. Rosa (played by Joy) is a bright young woman preparing to leave her home city of Leeds and go off to university in London.

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Mark Gatiss in The Boys in the Band.

Mark Gatiss: Why prejudice didn’t end with the arrival of gay marriage

Mark Gatiss began his career with The League of Gentlemen at Bretton Hall and now he’s back on stage in Leeds. He speaks to Phil Penfold.

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Step In Time. Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins and the company.

Review: Mary Poppins, Bradford Alhambra

MAKING its only Yorkshire stop on a UK tour, this splendid production of Mary Poppins has flown in to the Alhambra – and it is a real treat.

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