What’s On in February – Theatre
There’s an embarrassment of theatre riches across the North of England this month.
Among the new writing on offer is Anna Jordan’s Bruntwood Prize-winning Yen which will receive its world premiere in The Studio at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre. The play was commended for its “beautiful empathy, and a humanity which stood out to all the judges” by the Bruntwood Prize and will be on from February 18 until March 7.
Fans of The Woman in Black will be pleased to hear that another of Susan Hill’s gothic horror novels has been adapted for the stage. The Mist in the Mirror runs at Oldham Coliseum Theatre until February 21 and, according to Northern Soul‘s four star review, is “a thoroughly theatrical experience which might well move audiences enough that they’ll still be flocking to see it a quarter of a century on from this world première”. For Northern Soul‘s interview with the playwright Ian Kershaw, click here.
For those who prefer the classics, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge is at Bolton Octagon Theatre until February 14 and Uncle Vanya runs from February 28 to March 21 at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Sebastian Faulks’s seminal story Birdsong is on at the Northern Stage in Newcastle, February 23–28.
If you’re looking for a laugh then these two plays are just the ticket: the Reduced Shakespeare Company are bringing their latest tour The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) to The Civic Barnsley on February 19, and Lip Service Theatre’s The Picture of Doreen Gray will be on at the Customs House, South Shields on February 24 and 25.
The 35th anniversary production of Willy Russell’s Educating Rita will also raise some laughs and will be warming hearts until March 7 at Liverpool Playhouse. For Northern Soul’s exclusive interview with Russell, click here.
For something a bit different Robert Louis Stevenson’s cult classic Jekyll and Hyde will be reinterpreted in a modern adaptation set in an alternative London of the future, on February 23 at Sale’s Waterside Arts Centre.
Main image: Leanne Best and Con O’Neill in Educating Rita at Liverpool Playhouse (c) Stephen Vaughan
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The Northern Travel & Tourism Show, February 25, 2020
The Northern Travel & Tourism Show on February 25, 2020 is the perfect place to find great ideas for future leisure visits and experiences, and enjoy the amazing Monastery host venue in Manchester.
You’ll meet over 45 exhibitors from lake and river cruises, steam railway trips and stately homes and gardens to themed Beatles heritage discovery in Liverpool, and the James Herriott All Creatures Great and Small story in the Yorkshire Dales.
There will also be tours around the wonderfully restored Pugin-designed monastery building.
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