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Arts: News and reviews from concerts, gigs, theatres, opera, ballet and cinema.

Rattigan's French Without Tears
'Noel Coward for the middle class' would be a pathetically short summary of Terence Rattigan's style, but it makes the point. With the same dry humour as Coward, and cringingly embarrassing…
Mar
25
"Shaping The Body: 400 years of food, fashion and life"
Apr
30
A Private Collection Revealed
May
21
Life & Death brings back JORVIK Vikings!
Jul
8
Alan Ayckbourn's The Karaoke Theatre Company
Jul
23
In Your Face
Aug
5
Consuming Passions by Alan Ayckbourn
Sep
10
Brassed Off - Exhibition at The Gallery
Sep
10
The Original Print Show
Sep
10
Striving for Adequacy - on the Panorama
Sep
14
Art Exhibition - 'The Christ We Share'
Sep
17
Der Rosenkavalier
Sep
23
Hamlet
Sep
24
Who Will Survive This?
Sep
24
Villette - Courtyard Theatre
Sep
26
Dare Devil Rides To Jarama
Sep
29
Tea Time with Alan Ayckbourn
Sep
29
'Classic Rock'
Sep
29
'Rich Hall: Live'
Sep
29
Bizet's Carmen
Sep
30
'Clown Heart' - Adam Hills
Sep
30
balletLORENT's Snow White
Oct
1
'Nature, Skin and Bones'
Oct
1
Oktoberfest 2016
Oct
1
'So Far, So Good - The Farewell Tour'
Oct
1
Il tabarro/ Suor Angelica - Puccini
Oct
1
The Best Of, Ultimate Gold, Greatest Hits Tour: Jimmy Carr
Oct
1
Killer Queen
Oct
3
SIXTIES 'n' LOVE
Oct
4
A Tale of Two Cities
Oct
5
Canary Girls - Mikron Theatre Company
Oct
5
'Rich Hall: Live'
Oct
6
Underneath a Magical Moon
Oct
6
Oktoberfest Leeds
Oct
6
Light Night 2016
Oct
6
Lee Mead - Some Enchanted Evening 2016
Oct
6
Opera Favourites
Oct
7
Sensational Sixties Experience
Oct
7
Phoenix Dance Theatre's Triple Bill
Oct
7
50% More Likely To Die - Felicity Ward
Oct
8
50% More Likely To Die - Felicity Ward
Oct
8
Shooting With Light
Oct
8
Kit Homes with Al Greenwood
Oct
9
Cardboard Joe and The Book of Mysteries
Oct
9
Shazia Mirza - The Kardashians Made Me Do It
Oct
9
Nish Kumar
Oct
11
Romeo & Juliet
Oct
11
'Rich Hall: Live'
Oct
11
The Boy With Tape On His Face
Oct
12
S Scapes - Seascapes by Kevin Nutter
Oct
12
Pickering Musical Society presents Sentimental Journey
Oct
12
Simeon's Watch - Riding Lights Theatre Company
Graham Clark
Album Review: Oasis - Be Here Now
By Graham Clark
Gig Correspondent

The first two Oasis albums have been re-released and on October 14th their third album, Be Here Now is to be re-released in a remastered special edition format, to include the mysterious Mustique…

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Tue 27th Sep, 2016 | 12:52pm

Album Review: Bridget Jones's Baby


The film might have got good reviews but is the soundtrack album any good? There is a wide range of music on the album from Jesse Glynne to The Isley Brothers to House of Pain.

There are two brand…

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Mon 26th Sep, 2016 | 1:28pm

Phil Hopkins
Webster Inspires Playhouse Bloodbath!
By Phil Hopkins
Theatre & Travel Correspondent

Jacobean drama had its own special thirst for violence and John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi was no exception.

However, when Utopia Theatre decided to 'reimagine' this Renaissance classic as…

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Mon 26th Sep, 2016 | 9:50am

Bizet's Femme Fatale - Back In Business (& Yorkshire!)


That most fatale of femmes, Carmen, is back in the county this month, affording another opportunity for opera buffs to get to grips with the passion, drama and destruction of one of Bizet's most…

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Thu 22nd Sep, 2016 | 8:38am

Adam Able
Samuel Jack: Let It All Out
By Adam Able
Features Correspondent
Samuel Jack
Samuel Jack
The British music scene is currently overflowing with new talent.

In a stark contrast to the bubblegum pop era of the 90s, the latest artists are not having to lie about their ages. With the…

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Wed 21st Sep, 2016 | 3:47pm

Phil Hopkins
An Ageless & Timeless Performance
By Phil Hopkins
Travel & Theatre Correspondent
Villmore Jones - photo Anthony Robling
Villmore Jones - photo Anthony Robling
I have always been intrigued by the varying cultural attitudes to growing old and how, in some countries, passing of the years is associated with 'wisdom', whilst in others it remains a symbol of…

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Fri 16th Sep, 2016 | 10:00pm

Interview With Dave Hemingway From The South

The South
The South
The Beautiful South were one of the biggest bands to come out of Yorkshire in the late 80's. Over the years the band ruled the singles chart before disbanding in 2007, although former members of…

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Wed 14th Sep, 2016 | 10:00pm

Jack Bottomley
Review: Kubo and The Two Strings
By Jack Bottomley
Media Correspondent

Laika studios has a great track record when it comes to feature length animations, with 2009's Coraline, 2012's Paranorman and 2014's The Boxtrolls each standing as examples of the studio's…

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Mon 12th Sep, 2016 | 6:00pm

Interview: Rick Astley

Rick Astley
Rick Astley
Rick Astley has made a stunning comeback over the last few months, his new album 50, went straight to Number 1 and is currently still in the Top 10 album chart in the UK. His tour next year visits…

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Sun 11th Sep, 2016 | 1:40pm

Preview: Bad Company, Leeds Arena


Bad Company are going out on tour for their first UK tour in 6 years and the good news is that the tour visits Yorkshire.

The band stop off at Leeds Arena on Saturday 15 October giving their…

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Thu 8th Sep, 2016 | 3:05pm

Interview: Nikki Loy


Nikki Loy is a young singer/songwriter from Oxfordshire who has been fortunate enough to land the support slot on the Shane Filan tour that visits Bradford on Monday 17 October.

How did you get…

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Mon 26th Sep, 2016 | 3:24pm

Review: Ronan Keating At Manchester 02 Apollo


The last time I saw Ronan Keatng in concert was at this very venue in February 2013 when he was suffering from a very heavy cold, but like the professional he is the show carried on.

Thankfully…

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Mon 26th Sep, 2016 | 12:56pm

Opera North Will Turn Humber Bridge Into Sound Installation For City Of Culture

Humber Bridge
Humber Bridge
The first part of the programme for Hull's year in the limelight as UK City of Culture 2017 has been announced today, including two new commissions by Opera North, England's national opera company…

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Fri 23rd Sep, 2016 | 8:00pm

Elaine Annable
Review: Der Rosenkavalier - Opera North, Leeds Grand
By Elaine Annable
Music Correspondent

It is 14 years since Opera North last performed Der Rosenkavalier, but this sumptuous David McVicar production, revived by Elaine Tyler-Hall, in her Opera North debut, was well worth the wait and…

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Wed 21st Sep, 2016 | 5:27pm

Lauren Masterman
Review: When We Are Married at York Theatre Royal
By Lauren Masterman
York Correspondent

25 years, 3 couples, 1 fateful night....

It's 1908 in a small town called Cleckleywyke in the West Riding. Three highly respected couples meet for an evening of nostalgia to celebrate the best day…

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Mon 19th Sep, 2016 | 9:00pm

Thousands Turn Out To Celebrate Fifth Annual Batley Festival

The Batley Picture Show - photo Charlotte Graham
The Batley Picture Show - photo Charlotte Graham
Batley town centre was teaming with talent on Saturday (10 September) as thousands of people packed out various locations in the heart of the town to celebrate the fifth Batley Festival. Fun,…

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Fri 16th Sep, 2016 | 6:00pm

Airedale Symphony Orchestra, Fallfest 2016


Fallfest Delivers Yet Again With Filmharmonic!

Fallfest Patron Clare Teal's outstanding 2015 performance was a hard act to follow but Fallfest's choice for the 2016 main musical event was spot on…

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Wed 14th Sep, 2016 | 8:43pm

Review: Ben-Hur

Toby Kebbell as Messala
Toby Kebbell as Messala
In remaking a classic film, filmmakers are always up against it; as not only are they trying to make it worth updating or re-visiting (well, at least they should be doing that) but they have…

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Mon 12th Sep, 2016 | 5:14pm

Alan Ayckbourn's Henceforward At The Stephen Joseph Theatre

Laura Matthews, Bill Champion, Jacqueline King. Photo by Tony Bartholomew/Turnstone Media
Laura Matthews, Bill Champion, Jacqueline King. Photo by Tony Bartholomew/Turnstone Media
Alan Ayckbourn's classic comedy Henceforward... returns to the Stephen Joseph Theatre this autumn in a brand new production directed by the author.

All alone, high up in an isolated, derelict…

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Thu 8th Sep, 2016 | 3:09pm

Batley Festival 2016

Batley Festival 2015
Batley Festival 2015
Thousands of people are expected to descend on the fifth annual Batley Festival when it takes over the West Yorkshire town on Saturday 10 September.

The festival was established in 2011 and is the…

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Thu 8th Sep, 2016 | 10:40am