The latest news, features and reviews from theatre, opera and dance in Leeds, York, Sheffield and throughout the county of Yorkshire.


Scarpia (Craig Smith) and Tosca (Paula Sides), Richard Hubert Smith


Puccini (English Touring Opera at Sheffield Lyceum).
Reviewer: Velda Harris

Polly Frame as Dr Frankenstein with Ed Gaughan as the monster, Pamela Rath

Dr Frankenstein

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, adapted by Selma Dimitrijevic (A Northern Stage and Greyscale co-production at The Crucible).
Reviewer: Velda Harris

Ed Richards, Rachel Alexander, Gemma Rowan, Oliviero Papi, Ixchel Rubio Martinez, Caitlin Rose Smith and Fabian Wixe, Isabelle Souriment


Ted Hughes (OBRA at Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Nina Yndis (Lucya) and Jim (Joe Shipman), Decoy Media


Lizzie Nunnery (Box of Tricks at York Theatre Royal).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Keith Allen as Rough and Kara Tointon as Bella Manning, Image courtesy of Sheffield Theatres


Patrick Hamilton (Ambassador Theatre Group, Smith and Grant Theatricals, Tulchin Bartler Productions, Moya Productions at Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield).
Reviewer: Velda Harris

Emily Bowker (Emily), Graeme Brookes (Alan), Elizabeth Boag (Dawn) and Alastair Whatley (Oliver), Jack Ladenburg


Torben Betts (Original Theatre Company at Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Rohan Nedd (Kuno) and Ricky Butt (Vashti), Ben Bentley

The Machine Stops

Neil Duffield, based on the short story by E M Forster (Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal at York Theatre Royal).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Helen Goalen and Abbi Greenland, Richard Davenport

Two Man Show

Helen Goalen, Abbi Greenland and Becky Wilkie (RashDash and Northern Stage in association with Soho Theatre at Cast, Doncaster).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Alex Beckett (Henry Higgins), Gavi Singh Chera (Freddy) and Natalie Gavin (Eliza Doolittle), Manuel Harlan


George Bernard Shaw (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Headlong and Nuffield Southampton Theatres at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Fflur Wyn as Gretel and Katie Bray as Hansel, Robert Workman

Hansel and Gretel

Engelbert Humperdinck (Opera North at Leeds Grand Theatre).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Richard Keightley (Victor Frankenstein), Tom Jackson

Frankenstein: Revelations

Nick Lane, based on the novel by Mary Shelley (Theatre Mill at York Medical Society).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Adie Mueller, Mike Carter


Adie Mueller and Mike Carter (Cast, Doncaster).
Reviewer: James Ballands


Eclipse Theatre's Slate has its Enablers

Eclipse Theatre has appointed the Enablers who will help deliver its National Lottery funded Slate programme to support the work of black and minority ethnic theatre makers.

Sandra Giorgetti, 13 March 2017

Bolton and York take on a new Tenant

Octagon Theatre Bolton and York Theatre Royal present a brand new adaptation of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

David Upton, 26 February 2017