RENT: The musical that still rocks, 20 years on

RENT is an imperfect musical about imperfect people. A landmark turn in musical theatre, Jonathan Larson’s unusual, rocking score captures the lives of the marginalised citizens of mid-90’s East Village. Continue reading

TFTV’s production of Turcaret is a laugh at class

Swooning and swindling is the name of the game in Alain-René Lesage’s critical eighteenth-century class farce. Continue reading

Cornermen: A hard-hitting underdog’s tale

Boxing has always been a great platform for telling stories of the underdog and Oli Forsyth’s bracing play, Cornermen, proves to be no exception as it follows a tale of three trainers in search of a long-term meal ticket. This new production packs a powerful punch thanks to confident direction by Andy Love and potent performances from all involved. Continue reading

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry enchant York with American folk songs

For all music fans, it is vital to understand how genres have developed over the years, how they link up and how society affects music’s development. What better way to learn than to have Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, two highly influential musicians in their own right, guide you through the folk songs of the USA’s past? Continue reading

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry come to York

Political folk punk pioneer Billy Bragg and alt-country inventor Joe Henry are collaborating on a special tour that comes to York’s Grand Opera House on 24th January. Continue reading

Theatre Mill’s Moby Dick: Strong visuals, varied characters

Theatre Mill, with the direction of Gareth Tudor Price, cross the high seas to a Hull pub, via York Guildhall, for John Godber and Nick Lane’s adaptation of the classic story of Moby Dick. Continue reading

Sheffield Theatres and English Touring Theatre give Lady Chatterley a tender lover

Phillip Breen’s adaptation honours D. H. Lawrence’s overriding reach for tenderness in Lady Chatterley’s Lover, the love story that scandalised the western world after thirty-two years of whispering under the sheets of Italian, French and Australian publishers. Continue reading

Wildgoose Theatre’s compassionate Gates of Gold

Love of family, partners and theatre itself are beautifully conveyed and deconstructed in Wildgoose Theatre’s adaptation of Gates of Gold. Continue reading

Did Northern Broadsides bring When We Are Married up to date?

The well-to-do Mr and Mrs Helliwell, Mr and Mrs Parker and Mr and Mrs Soppitt have been married 25 years today – or so they think. As it transpires, they were never officially married at all, and so begins J B Priestley’s When We Are Married at York Theatre Royal. Continue reading

York’s Little Festival of Live Music returns

Established and emerging musicians from York will be returning to Parliament Square for York’s Little Festival of Live Music.

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York Theatre Royal Youth Theatre charm in The Witches

York Theatre Royal Youth Theatre’s performance of The Witches was a nostalgic mix of comedy, horror and pantomime tropes. Continue reading

Sherlock Holmes at York Theatre Royal: Varied styles and distractions

Damian Cruden’s Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles is an original family-oriented devised musical dressed handsomely in an appropriated Victorian circus-theatre aesthetic. Continue reading