The Performance Ensemble and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-present Anniversary this month on the Courtyard stage. A collection of recollections expressed through movement, monologue and music, the play is performed by a cast aged 55 to 80 with a Dementia-friendly awareness for audiences.
The cast is composed of a collection of artists whose background in theatre ranges between several decades and several months, providing a vast scale of experience. What some of the performers may lack in formal training they make up for in charisma with a tender and tangible onstage honesty. Anniversaries of travel, separation, denial and death punctuate a showcase of ideas performed with a rare naturalism and pride. There is no set to speak of, the characters are real people, the memories true and painful, the laughter real.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats pounces into Leeds Grand Theatre this week as part of a national tour. Following a revived engagement at the London Palladium, the record-breaking musical is back; offering its trove of iconic songs and magical dance routines with a few unique upgrades.
Celebrating its 21st anniversary, Riverdance hits Leeds Grand Theatre this month as part of a national tour.
The Irish line-dancing phenomena began as a performance piece in Dublin, supporting 1994's Eurovision Song Contest. This year the expanded dance show celebrates a landmark anniversary with a tour showcasing a cast of dancers born in the year of Riverdance's creation.
Sixties rock 'n roll musical Dreamboats and Miniskirts arrives at Leeds Grand Theatre this week. Continuing the story from Dreamboats and Petticoats, the show follows Laura and Bobby after their brief success on the hit parade. As The Beatles cause a sensation throughout Liverpool, Bobby and The Conquests attempt to cut a record and become part of the touring action; but a bad decision sends Bobby and Laura spinning in different directions with a hit single which may break them apart entirely.
Cast: Flavia Cacace, Vincent Simone, Faye Best, Tyman Boatwright, Callum Clack, Oliver Darley, Ivan De Freitas, Ben Harris, Teddy Kempner, Rebecca Lisewski.
Director: Karen Bruce
Writer: Ed Curtis
Theatre: Leeds Grand Theatre
Start Date: March 30, 2015
End Date: April 4, 2015
This month Strictly Come Dancing favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace quickstep into Leeds Grand Theatre in the return of hit dance show Dance ‘Til Dawn.
1940s movie star Bobby Burns is brutally murdered on the Hollywood backlots of Los Angeles. Soon trapped behind bars, Tony DeLuca (Vincent Simone) is framed by the killer. DeLuca and his lover Sadie Stauss (Flavia Cacace) make moves to attempt to unmask the real culprit and dance their way to freedom.
In recent years, the popularity of Strictly Come Dancing has provided a surge of interest in dance and professional contenders Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace have rightly become household names. The spectacle of Simone and Cacace’s live performance are the major draws to this production, showcasing their exquisite dance skills in a relentless cavalcade of boundless performances to classic hits from the Forties and beyond.
Cast: Pippa Moore, Martha Leebolt, Hironao Takahashi, Tobias Batley, Kenneth Tindall, Javier Torres, Darren Goldsmith, Hannah Bateman
Director: David Nixon
Writer: William Shakespeare
Theatre: West Yorkshire Playhouse
Duration: 110 mins
The Northern Ballet brings a fresh adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the West Yorkshire playhouse this Autumn season. Directed by David Nixon, Artistic Director of Northern Ballet, the three-act performance of dance and live orchestra promises audiences a bold reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s classic, through movement and music.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the Bard’s best-known comedy, studied on numerous academic syllabi and adapted throughout several media. It’s an astute choice by Northern Ballet to transfer this particular show to dance, as not only is the story universally familiar, but it provides many avenues for rich development and balletic invention through romantic comedy and dream-like surrealism.
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