Cast: Natalie Casey, Jackie Clune, Bonnie Langford, Amy Lennox, Ben Richards
Director: Jeff Calhoun
Writer: Patricia Resnik
Theatre: Leeds Grand Theatre
Start Date: May 27, 2013
End Date: June 1, 2013
There seems to be no shortage of movie adaptations making their way to the stage at the moment. One of the most anticipated productions now enjoying a national tour of the UK is Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical, checking in at The Leeds Grand Theatre this month.
Adapted from the 1980 movie of the same name, the play tells the story of Judy Bernley as she joins a busy office under the guidance of overworked single mum Violet Newstead. Struggling with her job, Judy soon befriends buxom blonde secretary Doralee, who herself is horrified to discover that the office believe she’s having an affair with bully boss Franklin J. Hart. The three women soon fantasise about torturing Hart, and in the throes of desperation begin an abduction plot which becomes an absurd reality. Set against a colourful vintage backdrop and a number of Parton’s classic tunes, with many written specifically for the show, 9 to 5 is a fun yet critical re-imagining of a bygone era where women were treated as sex objects by moustached, whisky drinking businessmen.
Cast: Jason Durr, Andrew Hall, Tanya Franks, Adrian Lukis, Victor McGuire, Andrew Langtree, Kerry Peers.
Director: Nikolai Foster
Writer: Mark Catley
Theatre: West Yorkshire Playhouse
Sherlock Holmes is an icon of literature, instantly recognisable with his deerstalker cap, spyglass and pipe. Accompanied by his faithful assistant Dr. Watson, both characters have appeared in plays, radio shows, films and television series in dozens of languages. This month, the West Yorkshire Playhouse offers its own take on the famous detective, in a new piece of writing from Mark Catley based on the characters originally created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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