Live: Reasons to Stay Alive – York Theatre

Reasons to Stay Alive – York Theatre Matt Haig’s story, told in the book Reasons to Stay Alive is one that has had, without doubt, a huge impact on readers globally. With mental health something that is rarely spoken about in the right contexts, Matt reveals both the darkness and the light of depression thatContinue reading “Live: Reasons to Stay Alive – York Theatre”

Review: There Are No Beginnings ★★★★☆

There Are No Beginnings, the first production in the Bramall Rock Void, a new theatre space created as part of the Playhouse’s £15.8m redevelopment, is now open at Leeds Playhouse and we had the pleasure of heading to see it this weekend. The all-female cast including Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street, Broadchurch, ITV), Tessa Parr (Road, Hamlet, Leeds Playhouse) Natalie Gavin (Line of Duty, Gentleman Jack, BBC) and newcomer Jesse Jones combine onContinue reading “Review: There Are No Beginnings ★★★★☆”


Hello! THE BOOK OF MORMON, the Broadway and West End smash hitmusical, written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, is coming to Leeds Grand Theatre from Wednesday 8 April 2020 to Saturday 2 May 2020. Public booking for the Tony®, Olivier® and Grammy® award-winning show will open at 10am on Wednesday 30 October. Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the creators of the Emmy andContinue reading “DING DONG! THE MORMONS ARE COMING TO LEEDS”

Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black – York Theatre Royal

The Woman in BlackAdapted by Stephen MallatrattDirected by Robin HerfordYork Theatre Royal, 12 – 16 November Millions of theatregoers worldwide have experienced “the most brilliantly effective spine-chiller you will ever encounter” (Daily Telegraph). Now The Woman in Black returns to haunt audiences at York Theatre Royal from 12 to 16 November. This acclaimed ghost storyContinue reading “Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black – York Theatre Royal”

Review: My Beautiful Laundrette – Leeds Playhouse ★★★★☆

You never forget your first show in a venue. I’ll never forget my first at, what was, The West Yorkshire Playhouse; 2007, The Tempest, one of Shakespeare’s finest works was immaculately presented by Northern Broadside. From then on, I’ve been hooked on theatre; whilst my attendance has been sporadic, in the last 12 months, thatContinue reading “Review: My Beautiful Laundrette – Leeds Playhouse ★★★★☆”

Review: What’s In A Name? – Grand Opera House, York ★★★★☆

Adam Graver Almost 10 years ago, Le Prenom, premiered in Paris to rave reviews. After being translated into 22 languages across Europe and further-afar, the show has become What’s In A Name?, adapted and directed for the current UK run by Jeremy Sams. Starring Joe Thomas (Vincent), the show centres around husband and wife ElizabethContinue reading “Review: What’s In A Name? – Grand Opera House, York ★★★★☆”

Live Review: A View From The Bridge – York Theatre Royal ★★★★★

Linguistically and theatrically, few things irritate me more than the overuse of the term “modern classic”. For me, to be deemed a “modern classic” not only does the piece of work need to be a quality piece of literature/art but it needs to have stood the test of time, transcending generations, to be relevant inContinue reading “Live Review: A View From The Bridge – York Theatre Royal ★★★★★”

Review: Shrek the Musical, York Grand Opera House – ★★★☆☆

Five years ago, the Palace Theatre in Manchester was host for an exceptional run of Shrek the Musical. I attended the opening evening then and was so impressed with the transition from big screen to stage that when Shrek was announced for a run at York Grand Opera House under the watch of Nik Briggs,Continue reading “Review: Shrek the Musical, York Grand Opera House – ★★★☆☆”

Review: Malory Towers, York Theatre Royal – ★★★★☆

In the technological age we are currently living in, you’d be forgiven for thinking books and paper literature was on the way out. Some works of fiction though, are timeless, and Enid Blyton’s novels will remain children’s and parents’ favourites for decades to come. The most successful book series of all time, Harry Potter, capturedContinue reading “Review: Malory Towers, York Theatre Royal – ★★★★☆”

Review: The Night Watch, York Theatre Royal – ★★★☆☆

Reading the programme for The Night Watch, Director Alastair Whatley poses the question, “How many of us wish we could replay moments of our lives again?” There are so many occasions we all have in our lives that we’d wish to do this for; happy times to replay, worse moments where we might change actionsContinue reading “Review: The Night Watch, York Theatre Royal – ★★★☆☆”