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Blackthorn at West Yorkshire Playhouse

With this being the first production from Charley Miles, as part of the Playhouse’s new writer development programme supporting new talent. I was unsure what to expect from the moment I entered the theatre and the characters were already in situ and energetically setting the scene. Immediately I could sense that this was going to be something special and the …

Wasted – Brontë musical is a winner

The new rock musical about the Brontës being staged at West Yorkshire Playhouse has won a prestigious award from the Kevin Spacey Foundation. Wasted, which is part of the Brontë season at the Playhouse marking the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, took the UK Musical Theatre prize in the awards that recognise the best up and coming artists in the …

Laila – The Musical

LAILA – THE MUSICAL Written and Directed by Pravesh Kumar Composer: Sumeet Chopra Lyricist: Dougal Irvine From the creators of acclaimed award-winning musical Britain’s Got Bhangra comes a new contemporary musical – Laila. Director and Writer Pravesh Kumar (The Deranged Marriage, There’s Something About Simmy), Music composer Sumeet Chopra (Break the Floorboards) and Lyricist Dougal Irvine (Departure Lounge, In Touch) …

Dominic Marsh as Macheath in Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) at Liverpool Everyman (c) Steve Tanner

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) review

‘Fiendishly clever… constant barrage of visual, theatrical and musical surprises’ – The Stage ‘Madcap mastery and jukebox hijinks… Bright, bold and timeless’ – The Guardian ‘A riot… Would I go and see this again? Like a shot.’  – The Times ‘A stunning explosion of theatrical pyrotechnics’  – The Morning Star Dead Dog in a Suitcase (And other love songs) Unsure …

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Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern

Out of Joint – which presented Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage at West Yorkshire Playhouse earlier this year – tours Jane Wenham to West Yorkshire Playhouse 21-24 Oct. This gripping and haunting new play about sex, fear, religion and magic comes from Bafta-winning writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz. An actor turned playwright, Rebecca is now considered one of the UK’s leading voices in …