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Jun 13th

High Society

By Paul Tyree

High Society - Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Arthur Kopit

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High Society based on the film of the same name and previously to that The Philadelphia Story, is a show chock full of songs that you'll know. From 'Who wants to be a millionaire', 'True Love' to 'Well Did you Evah'. Whilst these are all performed well this is a show that is inherently disappointing.
The first half is desperately dull and uninvolving and for this I think we have the script mainly to blame. The actors all do their jobs professionally enough but the direction and script really let them down.
There is far too much business from a large cast of scene shifters dressed as the staff of the rich family we're supposed to be getting a glimpse of and the blame for this has to be put at the feet of the director. The sets are marvellous and it seems that the set designer has really gone to town but there is far too much scene shifting that is completely unnecessary for this piece to work. The orchestra are also playing at a level that quite often drowns out many of the performers, which is something that really needs to be sorted out.
There are some stand out performances notably from Alex Young as Liz Imbrie, the photographer secretly in love with her writer friend and Katie Lee as Dinah Lord the younger sister of the female lead. Both of these marvellous actresses seem to be truthfully part of this story whilst with many of the other performers there seems to be quite a bit of 'acting' going on.
It would take me the best part of a dissertation length essay to go into what's really wrong with this show but needless to say it isn't one that i'd recommend. The second half really does pick up as the more famous songs kick in and the party begins to swing but despite the best efforts of all the actors involved this is a show that no one is going to care much about, especially if it continues to tour in this condition.
Playing until Saturday.....for some reason.

High Society at Sheffield Lyceum 

Thu 13 Jun 7:45pm Audio Described, Signed £24.00 - £32.00* Book Tickets
Fri 14 Jun 7:45pm   £26.00 - £34.00* Book Tickets
Sat 15 Jun 3:00pm Captioned £20.00 - £28.00* Book Tickets
Sat 15 Jun 7:45pm   £26.00 - £34.00* Book Tickets
Jun 13th

Sheffield Theatres Announce Full Autumn Line Up

By Cameron Lowe

Sheffield Theatres today unveils its full autumn season of produced and touring work taking place from September 2013 – January 2014, alongside the news that Phil Davis (Whitechapel and Quadrophenia) will star as Fagin in the company’s Christmas musical, Oliver! and Daniel Lapaine (Muriel’s Wedding) will lead the cast of The Winter’s Tale as Leontes.

Sheffield Theatres

In the Studio, the theatre will present the world premiére of Robin Hooper ‘s new play Love Your Soldiers from Thursday 31 October – Saturday 23 November. Associate Director Richard Wilson will direct this intensely moving drama about two soldiers and the girl they both love and asks the question: when those you love are halfway across the world, how impossible is it to tell the truth?

Earlier in the season two co-productions open on the Lyceum and Studio stages respectively. A Passionate Woman, written and directed by Kay Mellor and starring Lynda Bellingham (Loose Women, ITV), Christopher Timothy (BBC’s All Creatures Great and Small), multi-award winning Polish film star Mateusz Dami?cki and Peter McMillan (Emmerdale) takes to the Lyceum stage from Tuesday 10 – Saturday 21 September. This is followed by a collaboration between Sheffield Theatres and double Fringe Festival winners HighTide Festival Theatre on Alexander Masters’ Stuart: A Life Backwards written by BAFTA award-winning playwright and screenwriter Jack Thorne (Skins and This Is England ’86) and on stage from Wednesday 11 – Saturday 28 September. Mark Rosenblatt (Associate Director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse) directs this world premiére production, with design by Jon Bausor, movement from Lucy Hind (This Is My Family) and casting by Hayley Kaimakliotis.

The Crucible Theatre opens with a new production of The Winter’s Tale from Wednesday 2 October – Saturday 2 November. Directed by Associate Director, Paul Miller, alongside the Creative Team behind The Daughter-in-Law, Daniel Lapaine will lead the cast as Leontes. Lapaine will be recognisable to audiences as the swimmer Muriel marries in P .J. Hogan’s 1994 film, Muriel’s Wedding.

Rounding off the autumn season are the company’s three Christmas shows. A new production of Lionel Bart ‘s multi award-winning musical masterpiece Oliver!, directed by Daniel Evans and starring Phil Davis (Whitechapel and Quadrophenia) as Fagin will take to the Crucible stage from Friday 29 November 2013 – Saturday 25 January 2014. The Lyceum Theatre welcomes Damian Williams back in the role of Dame alongside Ian H Watkins (Steps) in this year’s family pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk (Fri 6 Dec 2013 – Sun 5 Jan 2014) and tutti frutti return to the Studio Theatre with their latest wintery treat for youngsters aged 3+, The Boy Who Cried Wolf (Wed 11 Dec 2013 – Sat 4 Jan 2014).

The Lyceum Theatre continues to present a packed programme of musicals, drama, children’s shows and comedy from across the country.

In September, direct from the USA, comes New Jersey Nights, which follows the musical journey of The Four Seasons, and includes greatest hits such as Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry and Walk Like A Man (Tue 24 – Sat 28 Sep) and Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber ‘s sparkling family musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat returns in November (Tue 26 – Sat 30 Nov). Other musical highlights include the sensational dancing and distinctive sound of Michael and the Jackson 5 in Thriller Live! (Mon 21 – Sat 26 October) and Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Tue 29 October – Sat 2 November), the feel-good international hit sensation, stars Noel Sullivan (Hear Say).

In October, Oliver Cotton ‘s funny and mysterious play, Daytona, directed by David Grindley (Copenhagen) and starring Maureen Lipman (The Pianist) opens from Tuesday 1 – Saturday 5 October. Stunning choreography and live video animation of Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells, Jasmin Vardimon is showcased in Yesterday (Tue 8 October) and Sheffield-based international innovators, Forced Entertainment, return to the Studio with their latest performance, Tomorrow’s Parties (Thu 3 & Fri 4 Oct). Northern Ballet return in November with their heart-warming and hugely popular adaptation of Charles Dickens ’ classic tale, A Christmas Carol (Tue 5 – Sat 9 November) and the critically acclaimed, fully staged concert production of Rent, starring Natasha Hamilton (Atomic Kitten) and Superstar runner-up Rory Taylor will wow audiences on Monday 18 November.

For younger audiences, Room on the Broom, the magical, musical adventure from the creators of The Gruffalo flies in from Thursday 10 – Saturday 12 October and Dinosaur Zoo brings pre-historic creatures to the stage in an entertaining and imaginative live show (Fri 18 – Sat 19 October). The family fun continues with Slava’s Snow Show from Wednesday 20 – Sunday 24 November; a funny, poignant and spectacular show that has delighted and exhilarated audiences around the world

The Theatre will also play host to some well-known city festivals during the autumn. Off the Shelf Festival of Words returns once more, this time with the acclaimed poetry in performance production Being Human (Mon 7 October). The Last Laugh Comedy Festival also returns in October with a series of events from some of the biggest and brightest names on the comedy circuit including Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Carl Donnelly (Tue 8 October), multi award-winning Tony Law (Wed 9 October), Russell Kane (Fri 11 October), BBC Radio Sheffield’s award-winning breakfast DJ Toby Foster (Fri 18 October) and Sheffield’s The Everly Pregnant Brothers return for a third riotous year (Sat 19 October).

Artistic Director Daniel Evans said today:
‘I’m so proud that during these challenging times that we are able to produce more world premières in the Studio Theatre alongside major revivals of works from the classical and musical theatre canon on the Crucible stage. I’m also thrilled to welcome renowned writer Kay Mellor to the theatre as she opens the autumn season directing her own poignant play A Passionate Woman; and that Phil Davis, an actor I have long held in high esteem, will lead the company of Oliver! this Christmas. Finally, I’m so pleased that we continue to welcome some of the best productions currently on tour to the Lyceum stage so that our audiences can enjoy the full variety of drama, dance and musicals this autumn.’

*The full autumn season will go on sale to members on Saturday 15 June and to the public on Saturday 22 June from 10.00am. For more details and to book tickets call the Box Office on 0114 249 6000 or visit sheffieldtheatres.co.uk. *

Jun 3rd

The Pitmen Painters - Does what it says on the Tin! (Sorry, couldn't resist:)

By Paul Tyree

Bill Kenwright presents the Live Theatre Newcastle and National Theatre co-production of

The Pitmen Painters

Mon 3 – Sat 8 June

Presented at Lyceum
Running time: 2 hours 35 mins (including an interval of 20 mins)

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Lee Hall, the writer of Billy Elliot, here tries to pull off an even greater feat of writing in transposing the story of a group of miners who took to painting and to some extent took the art world by, if not by storm, then at least with a bit of unexpected wind.

The Pitman Painters is very well written in places and all of the actors perform with passion and in some cases genuine believability. Donald McBride as 'Jimmy' is not only marvellously funny with spot on timing, you actually feel this is not a person acting but instead simply recreating what he's already been through.

Philip Correia as 'Oliver Kilbourn' is also a stand out and to his credit his good looks never get in the way of his acting ability. You actually feel that this means something to him. As a baseline for his acting ability this promises great things ahead.

Joe Caffrey as Harry Wilson the dentist with the leftist bent is also fantastic whenever he is asked to contribute, no better than when he's telling the young Oliver to choose the artist's life.

Suzy Cooper as the privilidged art enthusiast manages to make what could be quite a superficial character both moving and believable which is no mean feat. Indeed all of the actors perform wonderfully.

Such a shame then that, on the press night at least, the Lyceum was only a quarter full for this heartfelt and sometimes wonderful play. I must admit that there were a few occasions that I'd wished the author had remembered the old Hollywood adage "If you have a point love, for God's sake don't tell the audience!" But overall that's a minor quibble (minor, do you get it? Oh never mind).

The point is this is a wonderful play about art and social history and after seeing it I left the auditorium almost feeling cleansed. It might be time to move on, but we would be lessened if we ever forgot our own history, and this play manages to make us feel. Really feel!

If you don't have a ticket for the love of your forefathers and sense of self-worth, go and get one! Immediately!!

Playing until Saturday!!

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Tue 4 Jun 7:45pm   £16.00 - £23.00* Book Tickets
Wed 5 Jun 7:45pm   £16.00 - £23.00* Book Tickets
Thu 6 Jun 2:00pm   £13.00 - £20.00* Book Tickets
Thu 6 Jun 7:45pm Audio Described, Signed £16.00 - £23.00* Book Tickets
Fri 7 Jun 7:45pm   £18.00 - £25.00* Book Tickets
Sat 8 Jun 3:00pm   £14.00 - £21.00* Book Tickets
Sat 8 Jun 7:45pm   £18.00 - £25.00* Book Tickets
May 29th

DERREN BROWN - INFAMOUS at ALHAMBRA THEATRE, BRADFORD

By Cameron Lowe
Review by Graham Clark

Derren Brown - Infamous

Is Derren Brown a magician, an illusionist, a hypnotist or an entertainer?  Actually he is all these things and more.

His current touring show “Derren Brown – Infamous” is a captivating and mind boggling production which makes you think “how did he do that?”

Before Brown enters the stage, a voice warns that “there should be no photos, if you leave the auditorium you will not be allowed back in and that of you feel light headed at any point during the show, look away from the stage”.

A spotlight shines on Brown as he sits on a chair on a barren empty stage. He informs us how he was bullied at school and about his homosexuality. The audience are mostly aged under 30 and for many of them it looked like their first visit to the theatre.

Within the first hour he had correctly named what course a student was on and the name of her cat and had the audience standing on their feet as he tried to hypnotise everyone. One male from the audience ended up on stage with Brown as he hypnotised him for the length of the interval.

During the second half the man awoke from his sleep and correctly guessed what his cousin, who was in the audience, had drawn on a piece of card.

Brown’s power of memory was impressive as he read out bus routes from a book another member of the audience was holding. He then impressively listed the names in backwards order of the people he had spoken to during the night.

The 2 hour show passed too quickly.  It is a show that you would like to see again to see if you can fathom how he performs his tricks.

An entertaining, engaging and mesmerising show that leaves you in awe and wonderment.


Derren Brown Live 2013

27 May - 01 June 2013
Alhambra Theatre

Tickets £32.50 - £38.00

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May 23rd

The History Boys - The Crucible Sheffield - Crumpled, queer and grumpy!

By Paul Tyree


The History Boys

by Alan Bennett

Crucible Theatre 

Playing until 8th June

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Alan Bennett's The History Boys reaches Sheffield after being performed all over the world, but here for the first time it's being performed in the city that it's set. It reaches us weighed down with accolades, awards and expectation. That it is a wonderful play is in no doubt and the text does indeed inform us of how great this play may well have been in previous incarnations.
Sadly for its home town, however, this new production by the Crucible has all the sense of finding a rather fusty 2nd edition of a great work in a book shop and wondering what finding a first edition might have felt like.
Matthew Kelly is no more than adequate in the previously lauded part played by Richard Griffiths and indeed you feel the ghost of Mr Griffiths looming large over all of this production. If Matthew Kelly is trying to channel the spirit of Mr Griffiths he does a poor job and yet you feel had he tried to make the part truly his own then he might actually have got somewhere. Frustratingly he is no more than crumpled, queer and grumpy, leaving you wondering as to why anyone would be inspired by him as a character. The boys all perform adequately, but again no one really stands out.
The true pity is that this can obviously be a great play but it would only be made great by the performances. In terms of theatre this play is very solid indeed, but it is no more than that. Alan Bennett has crafted a 'proper' play, but then again that is his job love. It is down to the actors and director to truly bring something fresh to the text and lift it above the norm and unfortunately this is one where you can definately hear the cogs whirring. I've never seen the play before but funnily enough it felt like I had.
The first twenty minutes were barely audible, the middle was brilliant and the ending was decidedly flat which means that work should definately be done in the coming weeks for this play to truly acheive its potential. The fact that none of the cast were projecting and therefore everyone was struggling to hear in the beginning is unforgiveable. A real disappointment.  Complacency - Out vixen for you are the death of theatre!!

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Thu 23 May 7:30pm   £19.00 Book Tickets
Fri 24 May 7:30pm   £19.00 Book Tickets
Sat 25 May 2:30pm   £15.00 Book Tickets
Sat 25 May 7:30pm   £21.00 Book Tickets
Tue 28 May 7:30pm   £19.00 Book Tickets
Wed 29 May 2:30pm   £15.00 Book Tickets
Wed 29 May 7:30pm   £19.00 Book Tickets
Thu 30 May 7:30pm Audio Described, Signed £19.00 Book Tickets
Fri 31 May 7:30pm   £19.00 Book Tickets
Sat 1 Jun 2:30pm Captioned £15.00 Book Tickets
Sat 1 Jun 7:30pm   £21.00 Book Tickets
Mon 3 Jun 7:30pm   £19.00 Book Tickets
Tue 4 Jun 7:30pm   £19.00 Book Tickets
Wed 5 Jun 2:30pm   £15.00 Book Tickets
Wed 5 Jun 7:30pm   £19.00 Book Tickets
Thu 6 Jun 7:30pm   £19.00 Book Tickets
Fri 7 Jun 7:30pm   £19.00 Book Tickets
Sat 8 Jun 2:30pm   £15.00 Book Tickets
Sat 8 Jun 7:30pm   £21.00 Book Tickets

 

 

Crucible

The Crucible is the main producing venue in the Sheffield Theatres complex. On occasion, the Crucible hosts touring work. The Crucible is also the home of the annual World Snooker Championship.
The performance area is a thrust stage which extends into the auditorium, enabling the audience to watch the action on three sides. No member of the audience is ever further than 22 metres from the stage, and the sightlines are excellent, offering equality of experience across the auditorium.

  • 55 Norfolk St, Sheffield, S1 1DA, South Yorkshire , United Kingdom
  • Box Office: 0114 249 6000 
May 22nd

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty - The Lyceum Theatre , Sheffield

By Paul Tyree

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

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A Gothic Fairy Tale

The Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Matthew Bourne's reworking of the Sleeping Beauty Tchaikovsky Ballet is a sumptuous and incredibly rewarding evening at the theatre whether you're a ballet buff or not. Immediately accessible, hugely funny, exciting and indeed surprising this is ballet for the 21st century.
The story is mostly as you remember, Briar Rose or Aurora does indeed fall victim to an old curse, but this time it is to the son of the evil dark fairy rather than the fairy herself. An old slight taken on by the descendant of the slighted and a need for revenge against beauty places us squarely in the fairy tale genre. It also creates a wonderful villain in Adam Maskell as the dark and brooding villain out for blood and the ultimate revenge against the innocent beauty. Indeed in the standing ovation at the end there were several old ladies who were reaching out for him as though they would love to throw their knickers at him had they remembered to put any on.
Hannah Vasallo as Beauty embodies the name not only physically but also through the dance. Dominic North as her prince is also marvellously emotive and convincing but to pick anyone out from this amazing cast of dancers seems almost unfair. Everyone performs wonderfully, but it truly is in the direction and the additions to the story that really make this production stand out.
Add to that the fact that the sets are amazing, the costumes brilliant and this becomes easily the finest ballet that I've probably ever seen. Luckily I took my 10yr old daughter as well and she was transfixed all the way through. I wont spoil things for future audiences but let's just say that 'baby Aurora' really stole the show.
At the end there was an ovation in The Lyceum the like of which I have never heard before. It lasted for several minutes and was easily the longest round of applause I've ever heard the Lyceum audience give in my experience for any production since the theatre was re-opened.  I have to say it was richly deserved.
This then, if you've never experienced ballet before is the one you should fight tooth and nail to get a ticket for. And as it was standing room only on opening night, you might have to.
Playing until Saturday. DON'T MISS!!!!!

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Wed 22 May 2:00pm   £17.00 - £27.00 Book Tickets
Wed 22 May 7:45pm   £22.00 - £32.00 Book Tickets
Thu 23 May 7:45pm   £22.00 - £32.00 Book Tickets
Fri 24 May 7:45pm   £25.00 - £35.00 Book Tickets
Sat 25 May 2:00pm   £22.00 - £32.00 Book Tickets
Sat 25 May 7:45pm   £25.00 - £35.00  

Lyceum

The Lyceum plays host to a huge variety of touring productions every year, including large-scale musicals, drama, children’s shows, opera, ballet and contemporary dance.
With over 1000 seats, the Lyceum is a beautiful late 19th Century building located on Tudor Square, close to the Crucible Theatre.

  • 55 Norfolk St, Sheffield, S1 1DA, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • Box Office: 0114 249 6000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0114 249 6000 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting
May 14th

Noises Off - Lyceum Theatre Sheffield

By Paul Tyree

Noises Off

Lyceum Theatre Sheffield.  Playing until Saturday

Noises Off

Noises Off is one of those now perenniel plays which often do the rounds to the sound of greater or lesser applause. Thankfully this production brought from the Old Vic is one of the better ones. With the first act as the vaguely funny set up, acts two and three play out as the rather more hilarious pay off leaving, hopefully, the audience in stitches and wanting to come back for more.

Neil PearsonAs this is my fourth Noises Off, I wasn't overly hopeful of being more than faintly amused. Luckily, however, this is a wonderful production. All of the cast do well, most notably, it has to be said, Neil Pearson, as the frustrated director. Chris Larkin is also wonderful as is David Bark-Jones who I remember being excellent in the recent 'The Village Bike' at The Crucible.


What is so wonderful about 'Noises Off' and perhaps what explains its constant success and reinvention is the fact that this is a farce about farce. In other words, because it is about the nature of acting itself and shows us as an audience the world behind the facade, it is therefore constantly intriguing. It gives us an insight into the world many people have only glimpsed and seduces us with the promise of secrets being revealed. Funnily enough that is actually what it delivers. Whilst many may protest that the world that is portrayed is simply one of cliche, having worked in the theatre for over twenty five years I can guarantee that what you're seeing may be hightened reality, but not by much love, not by much and that it is nearer to reality than most actors or theatre practitioners would care to admit.

Definitely worth revisiting or visiting for the first time if you're a newbie.

Tue 14 May 7:45pm   £21.00 - £28.00 Book Tickets
Wed 15 May 7:45pm   £21.00 - £28.00 Book Tickets
Thu 16 May 2:00pm   £18.00 - £25.00 Book Tickets
Thu 16 May 7:45pm Audio Described, Signed £21.00 - £28.00 Book Tickets
Fri 17 May 7:45pm Captioned £23.00 - £30.00 Book Tickets
Sat 18 May 3:00pm   £21.00 - £28.00 Book Tickets
Sat 18 May 7:45pm   £23.00 - £30.00 Book Tickets
Old Vic Theatre Co.

Noises Off

Mon 13 – Sat 18 May

Presented at Lyceum
by Michael Frayn
Running time: 2 hours 20 mins (including an interval of 20 mins)

Lyceum

The Lyceum plays host to a huge variety of touring productions every year, including large-scale musicals, drama, children’s shows, opera, ballet and contemporary dance.
With over 1000 seats, the Lyceum is a beautiful late 19th Century building located on Tudor Square, close to the Crucible Theatre.

  • 55 Norfolk St, Sheffield, S1 1DA, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • Box Office: 0114 249 6000 

May 9th

The Taming of the Shrew - Lyceum Sheffield

By Paul Tyree
The Taming of the Shrew

Propeller in Association with The Touring Partnership

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Propeller's all male cast here present a Shrew perhaps unlike any that you've seen before. It opens in a gothic church with wedding guests milling around
before transporting us to a post punk exploration of the battle of the sexes.
Kate is reminiscent of Tank Girl, all blonde hair and attitude and the other characters range from a Spiv, a Toreador, a German Hiker from the 1920's,
someone looking as though he should be a member of Madness, a 1920's Schoolmaster and Petruchio himself channeling the look of Michael Jackson from the opening of Thriller. This is not, therefore, a traditional reading of the play.
It is, however, one of the best interpretations of the play that I've ever seen. It is playful, expertly choreographed and each scene seems to have had a great deal of time spent on drawing out the best that it can be. All of the cast perform wonderfully, so much so that to pick out any for special
commendation would be unfair on the rest. The direction is crisp and note perfect as is the lighting and sound. All in all this is a stand out piece of Shakespeare.
Having said all that and praised it to the hilt, it is, however, a disquieting piece of work. In essence this is a celebration of the breaking of the female
spirit, which certainly in todays times sits a little uncomfortably. The fact that this is an all male cast has two main impacts. Firstly it should bring home to men just how much damage has to be done to Kate in order to tame her because it is quite obviously one of their own that they are destroying.  Secondly the all male cast seem to relish the destruction all the more and there is a palpable glee and sadism in the air. Because of the all male cast there is certainly more of a freedom to the violence than there perhaps would have been were there female members of the cast.

You can read this play in several ways, but as with The Merchant of Venice, I feel Shakespeare is trying to make us feel sickened at the damage we do to others. Just as Kate's spirit is destroyed by the social norm of the day, so is The Merchant of Venice forced to abandon his religion in order to fit in.
Here it is made clear that women such as Kate, with thoughts and opinions of her own are made to conform only by the emotional, physical and psycological breaking of her spirit. This isn't whimsical or funny and yet most of the audience were merrily laughing away as though it was all acceptable. Even the women. The odd thing is that were the same kind of damage done to a dog most of the audience wouldn't be able to stomach it, and yet as it's happening to a woman, everyone, including women in the audience seemed to think it was fine. All I know is that Germaine Greer will be spinning in her grave, and she's not even dead yet.

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The Taming of the Shrew
Sheffield Lyceum
8-11 May 2013
Box office: 0114 249 6000 (booking fee)
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May 8th

The Full Monty The Play at Leeds Grand Theatre

By Cameron Lowe
Review by Graham Clark


Trying to recreate a successful film on stage can be a problem but the producers behind the stage production of Calendar Girls, appear to have pulled it off (pardon the pun) with this version of the Full Monty.

 

The Full Monty - The Play

The play does not deviate from the film’s plot. The story is of a group of unemployed steel workers dealing with the prospect of long term unemployment, depression and delusion. The main character is Gaz (played with a cheeky twist by Kenny Doughty) who is trying to make a better life for himself and to clear up a £600 child support debt so he can continue to see his son, Nathan (played tonight by Travis Caddy), who has an old head on young shoulders.

Motivated by their wives going to see a show by the Chippendales, the ex-steel workers see that this type of act could be a lucrative move and set about creating their own Yorkshire version of male strippers but there is a twist: they go the “full monty”.

Gaz’s overweight mate Dave (played by Roger Morlidge) is on a diet of cream crackers but with Gaz they create a good double-act in the show.

Simon Rouse plays a striking, yet down to earth, role as Gerald; a middle class manager who is hiding his unemployment from his wife.  Meanwhile, his wife is busy booking ski-ing holidays and is “out loose in Sheffield and spending” with his credit card.

Craig Gazey re-creates his camp role as Graeme Proctor in Coronation Street to play the part of dozy security guard Lomper. He has some of the best lines too; “ever tried drowning yourself?” asks Gaz to suicidal Lomper, “No” comes the reply “I can’t swim!”

The comical scene from the job centre is recreated superbly when standing in line, Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff is played on the radio and the men start to go through their dance steps that they have learnt whilst rehearsing to the song.

Of course the finale is predictable but, none the less entertaining, as the men go through their routine to Tom Jones’ You Can Leave Your Hat On.

An excellent show that will have you laughing from start to finish.

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Apr 30th

Yes Prime Minister at Sheffield's Lyceum

By Paul Tyree
Yes Prime Minister
A New Comedy by Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn


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A topical and yet traditional farce, Yes Prime Minister, details the problems of dealing with the economic breakdown and the coalition and yet wraps them all in the very familiar and comfortable characters we came to know and love from the TV show.
The script is in turns brilliant, giving the actors a real mouth-full to cope with and then gives us the 'oops missis where's me trousers' moments traditionally associated with farce.
In order to alleviate Britain's current economic horrors, Sir Humphrey has managed to come up with a deal with an oil rich country the only caviate being that we, the British, join the euro and lose the pound. Jim Hacker, The Prime Minister is vehemently opposed to this and yet still wants to do what's best for the country. Throw into the mix the need for three hookers being smuggled into Number 10 and suddenly all the elements are in place for a hilarious evening.
Apart from one or two issues with staging, I was on the far left and a lot of the action took place out of my view, this is a very funny and yet strangely
comforting look into the corridors of power. Michael Fenton Stevens as Jim Hacker is wonderful as the Prime Minister out of his depth and becoming more hysterical as the evening progresses.He also does a mean Winston Churchill impression.
Crispin Redman as Sir Humphrey Appleby is also brilliant and together with some fantastic support from Michael Matus as Bernard they bring us an evening with some great and deft comic moments. The writers have crafted an intelligent up to date piece which still manages to respect and pay homage to the original that the audience know and love.

Running at the Sheffield Lyceum until Saturday.

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