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Theatre Review: Malory Towers, York Theatre Royal

September 14, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Malory Towers, York Theatre Royal

Dear Mummy and Daddy,

I’m not quite sure what to make of my first term here at Malory Towers. It is very big and some of us whose desks are at the side can’t see everything that happens in the classroom. And it does seem odd that they didn’t finish painting the wood round the swimming pool before term started. The girls in the dorm are all SUPER, apart from one who is very snooty and a bully and none of us like her, at least we didn’t at the beginning. We spent a lot of the first half of term singing and jumping on our beds, but it got a bit boring as nothing much really happened for AGES.

There’s a really super person called Wilhelmina who likes to be called Bill and has a horse called Thunder. Bill saved the day, actually, when Gwendoline, the bully, behaved really badly to Mary Lou, and something terrible nearly occurred. I’m not sure what it was that happened – it was high up and I couldn’t see.

Then we put on the school play. We chose A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. It was OK. It had music especially written by Mirabelle, who is AMAZING. She sings and plays instruments and is “vraiment Francaise”. Alicia is the oldest and tells terrible jokes. The bossiest girl is Sally. She’s probably the cleverest and she makes everyone laugh all the time without telling any jokes at all. Darrell is the bravest and tries to protect Mary Lou, who is the wettest, and I like them all very much.

But then another thing happened. Our headmistress, Miss Grayling, whom I have never met but sounds exactly like a famous actress you like called Sheila Hancock, summoned Gwendoline to her study, and when Gwen came out she was crying, because she’d had BAD NEWS and then we all understood why she had been so nasty.

So Mummy and Daddy, just to say that I’ve been a bit bored some of the time, but the other girls, who are all A LOT younger than me, absolutely love it. And the school songs are REALLY GOOD.

Lots of love

Chrissy

PS Please send me some chocolate and an apple for Thunder.

(By Chris Wallis, Theatre Editor)

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Theatre Review: The Night Watch, York Theatre Royal

September 6, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Night Watch, York Theatre Royal

There’s a line right at the start of Hattie Naylor’s faithful adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel The Night Watch that’s taken straight from the book, and it’s the key to the piece.

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Berwick Kaler and Suzy Cooper in The Grand Old Dame of York. Photography by Anthony Robling - Copy

Theatre Review: The Grand Old Dame of York, York Theatre Royal

December 17, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Grand Old Dame of York, York Theatre Royal

This year’s York Theatre Royal pantomime concerns the Motley family’s attempts to protect their mother Molly from the dastardly Les Miserable who means to knock her off as the last source of hilarity in a joyless kingdom, with only the help of the brave fairies of the Land of Lovely Thoughts to blah blah blah. 

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Theatre Review: The Habit of Art, York Theatre Royal

September 17, 2018 Comments Off on Theatre Review: The Habit of Art, York Theatre Royal

What have Gypsy Rose Lee, the legendary queen of burlesque, the poet W.H. Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten got in common?

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Emilio Iannucci & Elizabeth Mary-Williams - The Book of Dragons Photography by Anthony Robling (8)

Review: The Book of Dragons, York Theatre Royal

December 18, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Book of Dragons, York Theatre Royal

Expectation is all, that’s why we buy tickets.

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Murder, Margaret and Me, York Theatre Royal

Writer Philip Meeks talks about Miss Marple and adapting horror for the stage

February 25, 2017 Comments Off on Writer Philip Meeks talks about Miss Marple and adapting horror for the stage

In the early 1960s, two national treasures were the creative forces behind one of British cinema’s most successful franchises: the Miss Marple movies.

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Review: Cinderella, York Theatre Royal

December 12, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Cinderella, York Theatre Royal

York Theatre Royal’s annual Christmas show has become more than just a pantomime – it’s akin to a real-life soap opera.

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Children’s writer Emma Reeves talks to Northern Soul

December 2, 2015 Comments Off on Children’s writer Emma Reeves talks to Northern Soul

The festive season is upon us which can only mean one thing. No, I’m not talking about mulled wine and hog roasts at the Christmas Market. I’m referring to the slew of shows due to hit our theatres in the run up to the big day.

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York panto regular David Leonard talks to Northern Soul

December 19, 2014 Comments Off on York panto regular David Leonard talks to Northern Soul

Over several decades, the annual pantomime production at York Theatre Royal has built up a formidable reputation for delivering the best in expertly-staged traditional family fun.

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Brassed Off

John McArdle talks Brassed Off, Brookside and Billy Corkhill

May 14, 2014 Comments Off on John McArdle talks Brassed Off, Brookside and Billy Corkhill

Like many people, I spent my teenage years crushing on various people off the telly.

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