Cast: Maureen Beattie, Neil Pearson, David Bark-Jones, Thomasin Rand, Danielle Flett, Chris Larkin, Sasha Waddell, Simon Bubb, Geoffrey Freshwater
Director: Lindsay Posner
Writer: Michael Frayn
Theatre: The Grand Theatre Leeds
Duration: 140 minutes
Start Date: July 23, 2013
End Date: July 27, 2013
The Old Vic brings Noises Off to The Grand Theatre Leeds this week. Michael Frayn’s farce-within-a-farce sendup of theatrical comedy is considered by many as the funniest show of all time. After some thirty years, does Noises Off still sound out as many laughs as it once did?
The action begins during a final rehearsal for farcical comedy Nothing On at the Grand Theatre Weston-Super-Mare. Director Lloyd Dallas (Neil Pearson) is struggling to get his cast off-the-book before curtain up. Things aren’t going well and as the show kicks off on tour to sunny Stockton, backstage shenanigans, affairs and an under-rehearsed show climax in a chaotic breakdown of theatrical proportions.
Cast: Ian 'H' Watkins, Jennifer Potts, Henry Metcalfe, Luke Jasztal, Danielle Acors, Andrew Bateup, Richard J Hunt, Luke Jasztal, Michael Ward, Richard J Hunt, Rob Wilshaw
Director: Bill Kenwright
Writer: Tim Rice
Theatre: Leeds Grand Theatre
Duration: 120 minutes
This Summer sees one of the longest touring musicals hit the Leeds Grand Theatre. The first major collaborative work between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the most celebrated musicals of recent years. Boasting stars such as Jason Donovan and Donny Osmond in the leading role, it has also proved to be a perennial favourite with families and particularly children.
Director-producer Bill Kenwright was responsible for the UK touring production throughout the 1980s. He brings this revived version of the show to Yorkshire with a recognisable popstar fronting the Technicolor action. Ian Watkins, better known as ‘H’ from Steps, dons the coat of many colours and makes for a charismatic and vibrant Joseph. Delivering vocally and expressively, Watkins proves very quickly to be a great hit with young audiences, captivating children with his own child-like performance which grows in strength to superhero standards in the closing scenes.
Cast: Alan Hunter, Jason Donovan, Julie Stark, Regan Shepherd, Richard Grieve, Graham Weaver, Ellie Leah, Giles Watling, Frances Mayli McCann, Leon Kay, Rhys Gannon, Samuel Varley
Director: Simon Phillips
Writer: Stephan Elliott
Theatre: Leeds Grand Theatre
Duration: 180 minutes
Start Date: July 1, 2013
End Date: July 13, 2013
Hot on the high-heels of The Rocky Horror Show, another glittering camp caper arrives at the Leeds Grand Theatre in the form of Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical, adapted from the 1994 movie starring Terence Stamp and Guy Pearce.
The story follows the haphazard adventure of three drag acts – Tick, Bernardette and Felicia – as they cross Australia whilst Tick is apprehensive about meeting his young son for the first time. Encountering friends and foes on their way, the journey tells a story of identity and companionship, set to the songs of divas and disco.
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