Northern Broadsides

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Beyond These Walls review – Tennessee Williams cools down in Boston Spa
Drifters and deadbeats populate four lesser-known Williams shorts in this un-sultry Northern Broadsides anthology

Mark Fisher

28, Jun, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Quality Street review – a box of mixed delights
Uneven adaptation of JM Barrie’s 1901 romcom

Clare Brennan

23, Feb, 2020 @5:30 AM

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Much Ado About Nothing review – Shakespeare meets Dad's Army
Beatrice and Benedick engage in heartwarming hostilities in Northern Broadsides’ rich and rewarding production

Mark Fisher

13, Feb, 2019 @12:07 PM

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They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! review – Dario Fo's farce for our times
Pantomime gags drive home the betrayal of the working class in this deft update of Fo’s comic caper

Clare Brennan

18, Nov, 2018 @8:00 AM

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They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! review – Dario Fo's food-looting farce updated
Relocated to northern England, this fast-paced panto-esque comedy is damningly relevant now

Catherine Love

11, Oct, 2018 @10:49 AM

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Hard Times review – Dickens goes to the circus
Deborah McAndrew puts an intelligent new slant on a classic novel as Northern Broadsides add extra oom-pah

Clare Brennan

15, Apr, 2018 @7:00 AM

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Hard Times review – Northern Broadsides make Dickens a laugh factory
Deborah McAndrew adapts the classic novel about facts and feelings but comedy drowns out subtlety

Lyn Gardner

22, Feb, 2018 @8:00 PM

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The week in theatre: Long Day’s Journey Into Night; The Captive Queen; Dry Powder – review
Lesley Manville glitters as desperate mother Mary in O’Neill’s grim family portrait. Plus, Barrie Rutter’s valedictory Captive Queen and US satire Dry Powder

Kate Kellaway

11, Feb, 2018 @8:00 AM

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The Captive Queen review – Rutter bows out with rhyming couplets and marital spats
Relocating John Dryden’s tale of love and dynasty in 17th-century India to an English mill, Rutter’s final show for Northern Broadsides is at its best when it doesn’t take itself too seriously

Michael Billington

08, Feb, 2018 @11:31 AM

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Barrie Rutter: ‘I’m not everybody’s cup of tea’
Northern Broadsides’ director on why he’s quit after 25 years, the failings of the Arts Council and his new show, The Captive Queen

Interview by Liz Hoggard

04, Feb, 2018 @8:30 AM

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For Love or Money review – Northern Broadsides strike comedy gold
Blake Morrison transposes a corrupt, covetous 18th-century Paris to 1920s Yorkshire in a lively satire directed by and starring Barrie Rutter

Michael Billington

24, Sep, 2017 @2:20 PM

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For Love or Money review – a rich whirligig of pleasure
A fast-paced adaptation of the 18th-century French satire sees Northern Broadsides director/performer Barrie Rutter bow out in style

Clare Brennan

24, Sep, 2017 @7:00 AM

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