Key North-East Openings this JanuaryDate: 30 December 2010
New openings are thin on the ground this month, as many North East theatres will continue their Christmas season into the New Year. Theatregoers can find details of continuing shows here, and will find their patience rewarded when new shows begin to open towards the latter half of January.
With director Ed Hall at the helm, the acclaimed all-male theatre company Propellor will bring two fresh interpretations of Shakespearean classics to the Lyceum. Richard III, the Bard’s harrowing tale of one man’s folly and eventual retribution, will be counterpointed with the joyously bumbling farce The Comedy of Errors. The limited season continues until 29 January 2011.
For its 30-year anniversary, Phoenix Dance Theatre return to their original stomping ground to launch a year of celebrations with its latest piece, Reflected. Featuring choreography by Philip Taylor, Richard Wherlock and artistic director Sharon Watson, the show promises to be a mixture of world premieres and revived audience favourites. The limited season continues until 29 January 2011.
Blood Brothers depicts the tumultuous and ultimately tragic journey of two twin brothers separated at birth. The now-iconic plot unfolds through well known and loved songs such as ‘Bright New Day’, ‘Marilyn Monroe’ and ‘Tell Me It’s Not True’, as, after growing up on opposite sides of the proverbial tracks, Mickey and Edward’s lives are forever changed when they meet again in adulthood. Niki Evans leads this production of Willy Russell’s classic as Mrs Johnstone. The limited season continues until 12 February 2011.
- Lydia Onyett
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