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The Winter's Tale - Northern Broadsides
Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale was originally published in the First Folio of 1623. Initially grouped among the comedies, it is often now considered as one of Shakespeare's late romances. The play…
The Winter's Tale by Yuriy Pryadko
Graham Clark
Album Review: Lisa Stansfield - Live In Manchester
By Graham Clark
Gig Correspondent

Last September Rochdale's Lisa Stansfield played an impressive gig at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. I reviewed the gig at the time and thought that she was very entertaining and am pleased…

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Mon 31st Aug, 2015 | 9:00pm

Preview: Bingley Music Live, Myrtle Park, 4-5 September 2015


The gates open at 3pm on Friday 4 September for what is dubbed the last main festival of the summer.

Now firmly established as one of the main music festivals of the summer, Bingley Music Live…

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Sun 30th Aug, 2015 | 6:57pm

Open Mic UK 2015, Singing Auditions, Sheffield Sunday 30 August


Sheffield City Hall is the Yorkshire venue chosen for the auditions for the Open Mic singing competition. The auditions start at 10.30am and performers can be be singer/songwriters, rappers or…

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Fri 28th Aug, 2015 | 8:04am

Phil Hopkins
Please Sir, Can I Have Some More?
By Phil Hopkins
Theatre Correspondent

When you excitedly tell everyone that you are going to see a certain production for the second time and that they'll 'love it', you might argue that as a critic, you have already lost the argument…

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Wed 26th Aug, 2015 | 10:11am

Album Review: The Nations Favourite 80's Number Ones


Based on the recent ITV show, The Nations Favourite 80's Number Ones, this 3 CD compilation draws together some of the best of the big tracks from the 80's. It was the decade of shoulder pads and…

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Mon 24th Aug, 2015 | 8:49am

Review: Under 13 National Children's Orchestra - Leeds Town Hall

photo - Bill Hiskett
photo - Bill Hiskett
Anyone wandering into the foyer of Leeds Town Hall last Saturday night might be forgiven for thinking that a professional orchestra was playing, such was the quality of the music.

Only when…

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Sat 22nd Aug, 2015 | 10:37am

Album Review: Dornik


This is a brilliant debut album from a new English artist called Dornik. He has been called the English equivalent of D'Angelo but I can hear many influences in there such as Ne Yo, Erykah
Badu,…

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Sat 22nd Aug, 2015 | 9:52am

David J Markham
Tom Wood: I'm A Searcher - Still Looking - A Retrospective
By David J Markham
Painter, Arts Critic, Photographer
Tom Wood - Red Brick Studio
Tom Wood - Red Brick Studio
Let me tell you folks - the Terry Frost celebration at Leeds Art gallery has not been the only gig in town over the summer this year. Yorkshire based artist Tom Wood has also been featured and if…

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Thu 20th Aug, 2015 | 11:47am

Rural Arts Prepares For A 'Brilliant' Season!

Johnny Donahoe - photo Pentabus
Johnny Donahoe - photo Pentabus
Rural Arts, a Thirsk based arts charity, kicks off it's ON Tour 2015 season with a play that has wowed audiences and critics alike across the globe.

For one night only, Gilling East Village Hall…

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Wed 19th Aug, 2015 | 3:41pm

Review: Spandau Ballet At Doncaster Racecourse

Spandau Ballet
Spandau Ballet
These race meetings followed by a concert seem to be a good idea. Doncaster hosts several of these meetings during the summer and with the right weather they are highly enjoyable.

With everyone…

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Mon 17th Aug, 2015 | 4:17pm

Elaine  Annable
Review: The Three Kingdoms - East Riding Theatre
By Elaine Annable
Music Correspondent

The Three Kingdoms, a summer holiday production at Beverley's East Riding Theatre, is the perfect introduction to the world of theatre for children of all ages. It is charming, imaginative and…

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Mon 31st Aug, 2015 | 6:18pm

Voices From The Valleys At Selby Abbey


Selby Abbey plays host on Saturday 5th September to the celebrated Kenfig Hill and District Male Voice Choir from South Wales.

The choir, which boasts 70 members, has performed in major venues…

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Fri 28th Aug, 2015 | 5:53pm

Opera North Welcomes Families To Enjoy Classical Music Together

Bartered Bride Schools Performance - photo Tom Arber
Bartered Bride Schools Performance - photo Tom Arber
Opera North has a longstanding reputation for creating top quality operas and has one of the countries largest music education programmes inspiring audiences and engaging communities across the…

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Thu 27th Aug, 2015 | 2:42pm

Review: V Festival - Weston Park

Maverick Sabre
Maverick Sabre
Celebrating its 20th anniversary the V Festival has established itself as one of the major festivals of the summer. The early V Festivals were held at Temple Newsham outside Leeds before the…

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Tue 25th Aug, 2015 | 5:02pm

Album Review: Years And Years - Communion


The trio Years and Years have had one of the biggest hits of the year with King and now comes their debut album. The lead singer Olly Alexander reminds me vocally of Will Young at times and the…

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Sat 22nd Aug, 2015 | 6:55pm

Victoria Benn
Testament Of Youth - Shirley Williams
By Victoria Benn
Features Writer
Baroness Shirley Williams
Baroness Shirley Williams
Anyone who went along to one of Grassington Festival's 200 plus events this June will not be surprised to hear that they have just been nominated for 'Yorkshire Outstanding Established Festival of…

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Sat 22nd Aug, 2015 | 10:18am

Album Review: Jess Glynne - I Cry When I Laugh


Jess Glynne has been the guest vocalist on the Number One hits for Clean Bandit and more recently had her own big solo Number One with Hold My Hand. If you thought that perhaps she could not come…

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Fri 21st Aug, 2015 | 8:30pm

Album Review: Bullet For My Valentine - Venom


There have not been many UK rock acts that look like long term prospects, most make an album but fail to follow up with an equally good album. UK outfit Bullet For My Valentine have come up with…

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Wed 19th Aug, 2015 | 4:19pm

Love Me Tender - Grand Opera House, York


If you are an Elvis Presley fan and expecting to witness a musical about the great man you need to be warned that this is a musical that features only his songs and the production has nothing to…

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Wed 19th Aug, 2015 | 11:45am

Album Review: Frank Turner - Positive Songs For Negative People


On his sixth album It's business as usual from Frank Turner. He always reminds me of a cross between Billy Bragg mixed with The Clash. The album was made with his backing band The Sleeping Souls…

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Mon 17th Aug, 2015 | 9:51am

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