Stephen Joseph theatre

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I Am No Bird review – stripping back the Brontës’ chocolate-box history
This anarchic show casts off the corsets to capture just what made these literary sisters so striking

Mark Fisher

29, Apr, 2022 @11:50 AM

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Jane Eyre review – who is the true ‘mad woman in the attic’?
Chris Bush’s gripping new adaptation – the centrepiece of a Brontë festival – adds an interesting psychological twist

Mark Fisher

15, Apr, 2022 @10:10 AM

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Jack and the Beanstalk review – panto season’s not yet behind you!
Stephen Joseph theatre’s filmed seasonal offering is a proper winter warmer with some off-the-wall touches

Chris Wiegand

18, Jan, 2022 @11:36 AM

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No turkeys allowed! 25 of the best shows to book for Christmas 2021
Looking for a jolly good trip to the theatre this winter? Here’s our pick’n’mix selection of musicals, pantos and festive spectaculars, featuring circus tricks, high kicks and puppet rodents

Chris Wiegand

16, Nov, 2021 @3:33 PM

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The Offing review – soft-pedalled adaptation of Benjamin Myers novel
Janice Okoh’s version of the 2019 novel waters down the culture clash at its heart and suffers for the lack of the author’s rich prose

Mark Fisher

22, Oct, 2021 @10:32 AM

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Home, I’m Darling review – a retro rebrand reveals ruffles not frills
In Laura Wade’s clever play, her heroine becomes a 50s housewife but 21st-century gender politics lurk under the Formica surface

Mark Fisher

16, Jul, 2021 @10:57 AM

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Lack of support for theatre is to discourage dissent, says top playwright
Laura Wade, writer of Posh and Home, I’m Darling, criticises government’s attitude to industry as unions fight cuts to performing arts degrees

Chris Wiegand Stage editor

25, Jun, 2021 @4:00 PM

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The Girl Next Door review – Ayckbourn casts history’s lens on lockdown Britain
The prolific playwright is on fine form with an uncanny story that smartly contrasts national crises past and present

Mark Fisher

11, Jun, 2021 @9:40 AM

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The Greatest Play in the History of the World review – a face-to-face delight
Julie Hesmondhalgh recounts a tale of rediscovery and romance in a solo show perfect for live theatre’s return

Clare Brennan

23, May, 2021 @9:30 AM

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From Hamlet to Hullabaloo: what to see as theatres and comedy clubs reopen
As stage shows return, we pick the best post-lockdown offerings – featuring Egyptian gods, rebelling vicars, dancing youths ... and Ian McKellen playing the Dane at 82

Arifa Akbar (theatre), Brian Logan (comedy), Lyndsey Winship (dance)

16, May, 2021 @2:00 PM

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The Snow Queen review – whirl through Scarborough's winter wonderland
Polly Lister plays umpteen parts in this spirited Hans Christian Andersen adaptation filmed at Stephen Joseph theatre

Chris Wiegand

06, Jan, 2021 @9:26 AM

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'Tis the season for solo pantos: Cinderella and co are going it alone
From Polly Lister playing a dozen characters in Scarborough’s Snow Queen to Tom Binns’s solitary Buttons, one is fun for 2020’s pantomimes

Kate Wyver

20, Nov, 2020 @4:01 PM

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