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Monday, February 11, 2019

Random review at Leeds Playhouse – ‘superbly performed’ by John Murphy

7.37am. An alarm clock blares, a family stirs. It’s the start of another day, in which children complain about their burnt porridge

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Review: The Department of Distractions at Sheffield Crucible by John Murphy

...sorry, where were we? John Murphy reviews Third Angel's detective story about distraction and misdirection. The post Review: The Department of Distractions at Sheffield Crucible appeared …

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Review: Kiss Me, Kate at Sheffield Crucible by John Murphy

Raising the roof: John Murphy reviews Sheffield Crucible's slick and spectacular production of the Cole Porter classic. The post Review: Kiss Me, Kate at Sheffield Crucible appeared first on…

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Woods review at Cast, Doncaster – ‘fun festive treat’ by John Murphy

There’s a brand new pantomime team installed at Doncaster’s Cast and Ben Crocker and Chris Lawson have marked the occasion by mashing

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Peter Pan review at Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield – ‘reliably delightful’ by John Murphy

Paul Hendy’s Christmas pantomimes have become something of a Sheffield institution, with Peter Pan marking his 12th consecutive production for the Lyceum.

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

A Christmas Carol review at Leeds Playhouse – ‘Dickens with added panto cheer’ by John Murphy

It takes skill to inject freshness into A Christmas Carol. Yet Amy Leach has managed just that, by adding some pantomime elements

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Review: Windows of Displacement at Sheffield Crucible by John Murphy

"Be a mother to another": John Murphy writes on Akeim Toussaint Buck's engaging and accessible solo dance piece on the diasporic experience. The post Review: Windows of Displacement at Sheff…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Europe review at Leeds Playhouse – ‘frighteningly relevant’ by John Murphy

  Leeds Playhouse’s pop-up season opened last month with Jim Cartwright’s Road, and the theme of community continues on a more global

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Mother Courage and Her Children review at Albion Electrical Warehouse, Leeds – ‘an evocative promenade staging’ by John Murphy

Rather like the proverbial shark, Mother Courage and her children have to keep moving, or they’ll die. In Red Ladder’s production the

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Steel review at Crucible Studio, Sheffield – ‘sharp, witty and angry look at women in politics’ by John Murphy

Steel is what defines Sheffield as a city, but it’s also a city identified by left-wing politics – it was once known,

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Road review at Leeds Playhouse – ‘an undercurrent of rage’ by John Murphy

Things are changing in West Yorkshire. As well as a rebrand of the theatre to Leeds Playhouse, it’s also undergoing a major

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Songs from the Seven Hills review at Crucible Theatre, Sheffield – ‘heartfelt and witty’ by John Murphy

A bereaved daughter fights to keep her local community centre open. A vicar finds the strength to leave her abusive husband. A

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Love and Information review at Crucible Studio, Sheffield – ‘dazzling, disorientating, haunting’ by John Murphy

Love and Information leaves you feeling punch-drunk. Caryl Churchill’s play, receiving its regional premiere after its 2012 debut at the Royal Court

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

On Behalf of the People review at Crucible Theatre, Sheffield – ‘poignant and moving’ by John Murphy

  Coal mining is obviously a subject close to South Yorkshire hearts, but Ray Castleton hasn’t taken the easy option of writing

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at Crucible, Sheffield by John Murphy

Pertinent and unsettling: John Murphy reviews a stage adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel. The post Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at Crucible, Sheffield appeared first on Exeun…

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Sunshine on Leith review at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds – ‘uplifting and joyous’ by John Murphy

James Brining and Stephen Greenhorn’s musical, featuring the songs of The Proclaimers, has taken on a life of its own since its

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Chicken Soup review at Crucible Studio, Sheffield – ‘warmth, wit and quiet anger’ by John Murphy

Although the music on the radio may change over the years, the song remains very much the same. That’s the message to

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Review: The Wizard of Oz at the Sheffield Crucible by John Murphy

We're not in Sheffield anymore: Robert Hastie's first Christmas musical in Sheffield whisks audiences off to Oz. The post Review: The Wizard of Oz at the Sheffield Crucible appeared first on…

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Mother Goose review at Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield – ‘fresh and fun’ by John Murphy

Despite hailing from Essex, Damien Williams has become as much a part of Sheffield as Henderson’s Relish and Jarvis Cocker. This year

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Beauty and the Beast review at Cast, Doncaster – ‘professional and competent’ by John Murphy

It may be a tale as old as time, but Tobias Oliver and Matthew Bugg’s version of Beauty and the Beast is

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Neverland review at Theatre Deli, Sheffield – ‘an immersive adventure’ by John Murphy

You enter by climbing over a child’s bed through a hole in the wall, to find yourself playing cricket in Edwardian England.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Review: Desire Under The Elms at the Crucible, Sheffield by John Murphy

"It's impossible not to be drawn into the atmosphere": John Murphy reviews Sam Yates' revival of Eugene O'Neill's classic tragedy at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre. The post Review: Desire Und…

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Ruck review at Cast, Doncaster – ‘a charming coming of age story’ by John Murphy

Like all the best sports drama, The Ruck isn’t just about sport. Kevin Fegan uses his tale of a teenage girls’ rugby

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Of Kith and Kin review at Crucible Studio, Sheffield – ‘funny and biting’ by John Murphy

Chris Thompson’s Of Kith and Kin starts off as comedy about a gay couple, Daniel and Oliver, who are on the cusp

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Queen of Chapeltown review at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds – ‘affectionate and celebratory’ by John Murphy

Notting Hill may receive all the media attention, but there’s another equally long-running August Bank Holiday carnival celebrating Caribbean culture held in

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny review at Theatre Royal, York – ‘panto fun for the summer’ by John Murphy

York Theatre Royal’s big summer show may have his name in the title, but Robin Hood is hardly the star of this

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Friday, July 21, 2017

What We Wished For review at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield – ‘joyous and inspiring’ by John Murphy

The summer collaboration with Sheffield Peoples Theatre has become almost as much a staple of the Crucible Theatre’s year as its big

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Review: Tribes at the Sheffield Crucible Studio by John Murphy

Communication breakdown: John Murphy reviews Sheffield Crucible's revival of Nina Raine's Olivier-nominated 2010 play. The post Review: Tribes at the Sheffield Crucible Studio appeared first…

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ode to Leeds review at West Yorkshire Playhouse – ‘a celebration’ by John Murphy

Zodwa Nyoni’s third production for West Yorkshire Playhouse may be entitled Ode to Leeds but it’s also a celebration of adolescence. It’s

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review: Julius Caesar at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield by John Murphy

The best sort of Shakespeare production: Robert Hastie's debut production as artistic director of Sheffield Theatres gives off all the right signals, says an excited John Murphy. The post Re…

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs review at Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield – ‘a joy’ by John Murphy

  2016 marks Paul Hendy’s 10th anniversary as the writer, director and producer of the annual Christmas pantomime at Sheffield’s Lyceum. Over

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