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Review: When We Were Brothers, The Underground, Bradford

It’s not an easy time to be a young man. With phrases such as ‘toxic masculinity’ being, unhelpfully, bandied about and the growing crisis in mental health – alarming figures suggest that suicide is one of the biggest killers of men under the age of 45 – it’s never been more important to confront and address these issues openly.

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Cast announced for summer programme of plays at the new Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in York

Cast announced for summer programme of plays at the new Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in York

On what would have been William Shakespeare’s 454th birthday, a major tribute to the Bard in Yorkshire took one step closer becoming a reality.

Next month building work will begin on a recreation of the historic Rose Theatre next to Clifford’s Tower in York and yesterday the cast for the inaugural summer programme of plays was unveiled.

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The Chandos portrait of William Shakespeare, attributed to John Taylor. Picture National Portrait Gallery

Did you know that these 36 everyday phrases were created by Shakespeare?

April 23 marks the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (and potentially his birth, although the exact date of this remains unknown). With this comes the remembrance and celebration of his life and the distinguished works for which he is known by to this very day.
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James Brining, artistic director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Picture by Tony Johnson.

James Brining on the biggest overhaul in the history of the West Yorkshire Playhouse

As the West Yorkshire Playhouse prepares for a £14m overhaul, James Brining talks to Sarah Freeman about his plans for the future and his final show before the curtain comes down.

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A scenes from The Great Gatsby at Castle Howard. Picture: Charlotte Graham

Actors get up close and personal as Gatsby returns to an old haunt

A piece of “immersive theatre” created in York and then taken to London will be restaged in the summer at a singularly appropriate venue.

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Gwen Taylor as Lady Bracknall in The Importance of Being Earnest.

Gwen Taylor - I might be getting older but I’m still willing to take risks

She became a household name in the 80s, has worked consistently ever since and is about to take on one of theatre’s best-known roles. Phil Penfold meets Gwen Taylor.

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Quentin Letts criticised the RSC and its production of The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich. (RSC).

Nick Ahad: Why the likes of Quentin Letts have had their day

One of the difficulties of writing this column in rotation with my colleagues is that I often find myself wanting to rant about something, but come publication day, I’ve calmed down a bit.

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PREVIEW: Quincy Jones - A Life In Song 85th birthday star-studded concert details

PREVIEW: Quincy Jones - A Life In Song 85th birthday star-studded concert details

Music legend Quincy Jones is flying in to celebrate his 85th birthday with a star-studded concert that will pay tribute to his unparalleled career at The O2 in London on Wednesday, June 27.

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Everything you need to know about York’s pop-up Shakespearean theatre

The works of William Shakespeare are known throughout the world, and this summer the city of York will embrace the world of Shakespeare by hosting Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean theatre.

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Alice McCall garden party black floral dress

Get the look! Spring styles that won’t stop growing on you

New season, new clothes! Get ahead of the fashion pack at Morgan Clare’s springtime event.

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Review: Teletubbies Live, West Yorkshire Playhouse

How do you review a show aimed at tiny children? Is it even valid to do so?

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James Cundall, chief exective, of Lunchbox Theatre Production Limited, with two members of the York Waits, on the York Bar Walls.

Countdown to the opening of Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in York

With work under way on Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean theatre, Sarah Freeman catches up with the team behind the landmark project.

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The Royal Shakespeare Company's Maltida is coming to Yorkshire.

Why Yorkshire theatre is the best it’s ever been

Theatre in the region has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Theatre correspondent Nick Ahad takes stock.

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Slung Low's Alan Lane.

Yvette Huddleston: Why we can’t allow culture to become the sole preserve of the middle classes

So, let’s be frank – without being overly gloomy, these days there are relatively few things happening in the world to feel positive about.

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Luke Dickson as Brian Clough in The Damned United.

Review: The Damned United, West Yorkshire Playhouse

The story of Brian Clough’s infamous 44 days in charge of Leeds United in 1974 had a large cast of characters. Aside from Big ’Ead himself, there were 11 players, the backroom staff, the ghost of former manager Don Revie and Clough’s own demons. Red Ladder’s production, based on David Peace’s book of the same name, has just three.

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Tango Moderno promises to be Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace's most thrilling show to date

Strictly Come Dancing favourites to bring their hottest ever show to Leeds for one last tango

Ever since Strictly Come Dancing burst onto our television screens in all its glitter and sequinned glory, the nation's passion for dance has sky-rocketed and Saturday night's in have become the new going out.
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Marc Antolin and Daisy Maywood in The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk.

Review: The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Kneehigh’s exquisite production, directed by Emma Rice, is based on the real-life relationship between French-Russian artist Marc Chagall and his wife Bella.

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Comedian Michael McIntyre.

Anger as comic Michael McIntyre cancels Sheffield Arena date

Comedian Michael McIntyre has axed one of his two Sheffield Arena dates this summer - sparking anger among fans.

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Dreda Blow and Giuliano Contadini in Kenneth MacMillan in Las Hermanas. Photoby Emma Kauldhar.

Review: Triple Bill, Northern Ballet, Leeds Grand Theatre

They took Covent Garden by storm with this glorious tribute to Sir Kenneth MacMillan and have come back home in triumph.

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The Band

Take That musical set to wow Leeds audiences

Take That fans can relight their fire by singing along to their favourite hits when a musical with a difference rolls in to Leeds tonight.

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