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 …

The Government Inspector

THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR By Nikolai Gogol Adapted by David Harrower Wed 20 – Sat 30 April Nikolai Gogol’s classic comedy THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR is presented at West Yorkshire Playhouse from 20- 30 April. The production is part of RAMPS ON THE MOON, a collaborative network of seven theatres including West Yorkshire Playhouse, which is dedicated to increasing opportunities for disabled …

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) …

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Phoenix Dance Theatre – Triple bill

Yorkshire’s own internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company Phoenix Dance Theatre turns 35 in a special anniversary tour in 2016 which will opens at West Yorkshire Playhouse from 17-20 February. Wed 17 Feb – Sat 20 Feb: Quarry Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse From small beginnings in inner-city Leeds, Phoenix Dance Theatre is now the UK’s longest standing contemporary dance company outside …

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 …