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Readers’ favourite stage shows of 2022
This year readers saw some amazing theatre, provoking tears, recognition, anger, inspiration and awe

Guardian readers

19, Dec, 2022 @3:41 PM

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Musical review – a burst of colour in a junk-filled world
The rags-to-riches roots of the beloved Roald Dahl story are emphasised in this family show, but a reliance on video effects blunts the rough magic

Catherine Love

30, Nov, 2022 @11:08 AM

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Roy Orbison musical from & Juliet creators to open at Leeds Playhouse
In Dreams, a jukebox show written by David West Read, will use back catalogue of ‘the Big O’ to tell fictional story of female singer

Chris Wiegand Stage editor

15, Nov, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Nine Night review – worlds collide at a wake to remember
Amanda Huxtable directs the regional premiere of Natasha Gordon’s multigenerational play filled with conflict and grief

Catherine Love

07, Oct, 2022 @8:00 PM

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The Importance of Being Earnest review – knockabout fun with Wilde’s genteel wit
Denzel Westley-Sanderson’s staging of the high-society comedy adds a welcome dose of playfulness amid the cucumber sandwiches

Mark Fisher

09, Sep, 2022 @1:21 PM

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Maggie May review – deft dementia drama underscores the power of memory
Eithne Browne gives a superb depiction of the bewilderment brought on by Alzheimer’s in Francis Poet’s sharp-witted play

Mark Fisher

13, May, 2022 @10:21 AM

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I Wanna Be Yours review – romance across a cultural divide
Eva Scott and Usman Nawaz deliver winning performances in this smart but ponderous tale of ill-fated love

Mark Fisher

06, May, 2022 @9:54 AM

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Say Yes to Tess review – Yorkshire election campaign musical is a joy
While unrefined, this show based on Tess Seddon’s failed attempt to stand for parliament, has a heart the size of at least one of the Ridings

Nick Ahad

27, Mar, 2022 @10:17 AM

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Macbeth review – an excess of sound and fury
Efforts to make Shakespeare accessible to all rub against confused staging and wayward delivery in Amy Leach’s ambitious production

Clare Brennan

13, Mar, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Macbeth review – a wicked thriller this way comes
With striking stage design and compelling leads, Amy Leach directs a triumphant version of Shakespeare’s tale of murderous deeds

Catherine Love

04, Mar, 2022 @11:04 AM

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Wendy & Peter Pan review – Wendy finds her way in a boy-shaped world
Developed between teams in Leeds and Tokyo, this spectacular reimagining brings new complexity to JM Barrie’s story

Clare Brennan

16, Jan, 2022 @11:30 AM

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My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored – vital voices on racism
The arrest of a man outside a shop provides the framework for a dramatic investigation of black people’s experiences

Clare Brennan

21, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

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