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Hugh and cry over the leader and his ‘lover’

Hugh Grant strode on to the lawn at Westminster, his famously floppy hair covered by a floppier fedora, and on the hands of Big Ben behind him, time stood still.

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Legendary broadcaster and campaigner Joan Bakewell in a recent photograph.

Joan Bakewell says women will win after Weinstein scandal

If anyone’s managed to navigate the changing landscape for women in public life over the past 50 years with dignity it’s Joan Bakewell.
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Comedian Paul Sinha.

ITV's The Chase comedian to headline Wetherby Festival

A momentous anniversary year for Wetherby Festival reaches its final weekend with a final flurry of great events.

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An artist's impression of the theatre in York.

What to expect when Shakespeare comes to York

Richard III is set to come home to York with the county’s answer to the Globe theatre built within the city walls.

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Lucky children with Ashley Banjo get a visit from Mickey Mouse during a Disney On Ice Fit To Dance workshop

Disney On Ice youngsters get Fit To Dance with Diversity star Ashley Banjo

THESE lucky Disney On Ice youngsters had lots to sing and dance about after they won a Fit To Dance workshop led by Diversity star Ashley Banjo.

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SPECTACLE: Slung Lows Flood was an epic nine-month undertaking and was staged in Hulls Victoria Dock.

After the flood

Slung Low’s epic theatrical project Flood came to an end last weekend. Theatre correspondent Nick Ahad was there.

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Kay Mellor's Fat Friends The Musical will premiere at Leeds Grand Theatre in November.

PREVIEW: Fat Friends The Musical to premiere at Leeds Grand Theatre

The 'weight' is over! Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends The Musical premieres at Leeds Grand Theatre next month and promises to deliver a generous serving of hilarious fun with a sprinkle of romance.

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IBSEN CLASSIC: A scene from West Yorkshire Playhouses production (the fall of) The Master Builder starring Reece Dinsdale.

Review: Master Builder

West Yorkshire Playhouse

Sharp, intelligent, epic, uncomfortable, accusatory, it is astounding to see Ibsen updated in such a visceral, immediate way that speaks so much to 2017.

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Teen spirit

Teen spirit

I’ve discovered Tim Firth’s secret.

The man who wrote Calendar Girls the movie, who later adapted that script for the stage and musical versions of the story isn’t a scriptwriter at all. The man’s a surgeon. There’s no better word to describe the intricacies, the, well, surgical precision of his work.

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Marina Lewycka

Marina Lewycka

Marina Lewycka’s father really was writing a book about the history of tractors when she wrote her best selling novel.

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Tony Christie live in concert at Doncaster Dome, Friday, October 13, 2017.

PREVIEW: Tony Christie is on his way to Doncaster Dome - homecoming show October 13

He's been to Amarillo, down every avenue and alleyway - but singing legend Tony Christie is coming home to entertain fans at Doncaster Dome on Friday, October 13.

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POWERFUL: Rapper and beatboxer Testament's latest piece Woke.

Review: Woke

West Yorkshire Playhouse

One of the most striking things of watching the Colin Kaepernick story has been the power of white people joining the black American footballer taking a knee.

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HERITAGE: A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, adapted by Tanika Gupta. Picture: andrew billington

History lessons

Hull Truck’s latest production is a timely adaptation of a bestselling novel. Theatre correspondent Nick Ahad reports.

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The cast of The Shed Crew, which is being staged in a Leeds warehouse.

Review: The Shed Crew, Leeds

In 2005 Bernard Hare’s Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew became an unlikely bestseller. Unlikely, because it wasn’t the kind of subject matter that usually races up the charts. Part memoir of Hare’s return to the Leeds estate where he had grown up after becoming disillusioned with social work, the book was also a searing portrait of what would later be called Broken Britain.

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Five to Five doing their version of The Flood in The Band.

Review: The Band, Manchester Opera House

For those allergic to whooping (there must be some, it is possible to be allergic to most things these days) The Band is probably best avoided. From the opening number to the final curtain, the audience can barely contain themselves. And it’s not just whooping. They boo, they cheer and they aren’t afraid to whip out their phones to do a few pictures during the big numbers.

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Harrogate show - Popular stand-up comedian Jason Byrne.

Harrogate Comedy Fest: Top comic's rude gags!

My editor wanted me to ask you for your favourite ever joke, I say to stand-up Irish comedian Jason Byrne.
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Barrie Ruttrer in his his final production for Northern Broadsides, For Love Of Money. Picture by Nobby Clark.

Review: For Love of Money, Viaduct Theatre, Halifax

There’s no getting away from it: it’s all about Rutter. The indomitable leader of Northern Broadsides treads the boards for his final outing with the company that he birthed a quarter of a century ago.

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Calderland rehearsals in Hebden Bridge. Picture by Sarah Mason.

How Yorkshire’s Boxing Day floods have inspired a new opera

The 2015 floods left much of Yorkshire underwater, but now Sarah Freeman discovers how the disaster has inspired a new folk opera they are calling Calderland.

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PERFECT TIMING: Chris O'Connor's new play Marching on Embers.

Review: Marching on Embers

CAST, DONCASTER

What immediately strikes home about Leeds-based Buglight Theatre’s latest production is that it is perfectly timed, entirely contemporary. Writer Chris O’Connor’s new play evokes a time, place and life that relates to ours, and which makes our sympathy entirely possible.

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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 have announced a new season of big name shows and premieres for 2017-18.

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