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Arts: News and reviews from concerts, gigs, theatres, opera, ballet and cinema.

Arthur Miller's Crucible At Sheffield's Lantern
Salem Village, Massachusetts, 1692: A wave of mass hysteria arose and swept across the region, leaving more than 30 people, in one small village, dead or lined-up for execution - all hanged or…
The girls of the village seeing another 'witch'
Phil Hopkins
Tolstoy - Love, Hypocrisy & Deceit
By Phil Hopkins
Theatre Correspondent
Gillian Saker as Katy, Ony Uhiara as Anna and Robert Gilbert as Vronsky. Photo by Jonathan Keenan
Gillian Saker as Katy, Ony Uhiara as Anna and Robert Gilbert as Vronsky. Photo by Jonathan Keenan
Leo Tolstoy was destined to be a man in conflict from the day he was born - an orphan by the age of nine and a noble who was to spend the best part of his life seeking a simpler existence in the…

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Wed 20th May, 2015 | 12:01pm

Luft - Only A Shadow Of Her Mother


When you are dealing with an icon - even if she is your mother - make sure you are wearing kid gloves, for the world will judge you based on their own prejudices, for better or worse.

But if you…

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Tue 19th May, 2015 | 12:46pm

Graham Clark
Album Review: Roisin Murphy - Hairless Toys (PIAS)
By Graham Clark
Gig Correspondent

It is over 8 years since Roisin Murphy released an album, in that time she has started a family but has now gone back into the recording studio to record this new album.

If you were expecting…

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Fri 15th May, 2015 | 12:28pm

Album Review: Synth Pop (Sony Music)


If you have thrown away all your old cassettes this new compilation might be the one you are looking for. Obviously aimed at anyone who grew up in the late 70's and early 80's, this compilation…

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Thu 14th May, 2015 | 10:53am

Purple Patch playing the lithophone at Quarry Arts
Purple Patch playing the lithophone at Quarry Arts
This year as Grassington Festival reaches its 35th year, they have boldly decided to enter new territory.

For the last ten years the festival has worked hard at including and involving younger…

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Wed 13th May, 2015 | 1:22pm

Lino Exhibition At Dales Countryside Museum


Linocuts are bringing a fresh look to nature in a new exhibition at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes.

And visitors to the Museum, which is owned by the Yorkshire Dales National Park…

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Wed 13th May, 2015 | 8:30am

Cressida Ford
Derren Brown
By Cressida Ford
Features Writer
Derren Brown
Derren Brown
Derren Brown - master of illusion and proud charlatan - always begs his audiences to keep the secrets of his show.

So, like all reviewers documenting any of the acclaimed mentalist's remarkable…

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Tue 12th May, 2015 | 10:15am

Gig Review: S Club 7


For fans of S Club 7 this reunion tour has been a long time coming. It is over 12 years since the band split up and judging by some of the younger fans here tonight, they would have only been aged…

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Mon 11th May, 2015 | 4:23pm

Album Review: Saun and Starr - Look Closer (Daptone Records)


I had never heard of this duo before I came across this album, but these New Yorkers have recorded an album that is soulful and sublime.

It could have been released anytime in the last 40 years as…

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Mon 11th May, 2015 | 9:48am

Sarah Fox
Sarah Fox
The Proms is probably the most famous celebration of classical music, with the 'Last Night' being the most famous of all, thanks to its exuberant and celebratory atmosphere that is quite literally…

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Mon 11th May, 2015 | 9:05am

New Exhibition At Settle's Gallery On The Green - 'Call Me'


Do you remember the days before smart phones, mobiles and even landlines, when private telephone conversations had to be conducted inside a public call box? Perhaps you can recall a particular box…

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Wed 20th May, 2015 | 8:00am

Witness The Impossible In North Yorkshire

Avanti & Artizani will be performing at two venues in North Yorkshire
Avanti & Artizani will be performing at two venues in North Yorkshire
Something different is coming to the villages of North Yorkshire, be prepared for mystery, love and the impossible.

From touring circus and street performing roots, Avanti & Artizani - an unusual…

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Sat 16th May, 2015 | 7:05pm

Carousel - The Drug Inspired Musical!

photo Alastair Muir
photo Alastair Muir
The music from Carousel washes over you like an old friend and I can see why this pseudo operatic show is so appealing to Opera North, however, I sometimes wonder if Rodgers and Hammerstein were…

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Thu 14th May, 2015 | 3:30pm

Lest We Forget, Birdsong Won't Let Us


Last Saturday a Lieutenant Colonel from the Danish Army urged me to visit London's Imperial War Museum which I duly did. It was an interactive feast that lacked little except for blood, death,…

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Wed 13th May, 2015 | 2:56pm

Rachel Auty
Harrogate Theatre Brings Edinburgh Festival Fringe Shows to Yorkshire
By Rachel Auty
Features Writer

Harrogate Theatre has announced the programme for 2's Company 2015 - a cutting edge festival of up close and personal theatre adventures taking place 24 - 30 May.

For the last 5 years, 2's…

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Wed 13th May, 2015 | 9:27am

Lantern Shines a Light On Miller's Crucible


The Dilys Guite Players, based at the beautiful Victorian Lantern Theatre, in Nether Edge, are making last-minute preparations for The Crucible, Arthur Miller's interpretation of the infamous…

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Tue 12th May, 2015 | 12:56pm

Album Review: #1 To Infinity - Mariah Carey (Sony Music)


Mariah Carey releases for the first time ever a greatest hits album that features chronologically all her hits. The album released on 18 May contains 18 of her American #1's, 17 of which were…

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Tue 12th May, 2015 | 8:10am

Giant 'Swoop' Land Art Has Surprising Habitat Benefits

Swoop from the air
Swoop from the air
Officially launched during the Tour de Yorkshire international cycling race weekend, Swoop, the giant permanent artwork gracing a hillside above Elland, is providing a perfect habitat for field…

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Mon 11th May, 2015 | 3:56pm

Caroline Lamb Is Dangerous To Know

Dangerous To Know? Photo by Ian Howard
Dangerous To Know? Photo by Ian Howard
Caroline Lamb, the Artistic Director and resident writer of theatre company Dangerous To Know, will be walking over 130 miles in one week to raise money for the company's November production - an…

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Mon 11th May, 2015 | 9:39am

Opportunities For Local Artists

An example piece by David Ashby
An example piece by David Ashby
Grassington Festival which runs this year from June 12th to 27th has two fantastic opportunities up for grabs for local artists.

This year the festival is including an art installation in the…

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Mon 11th May, 2015 | 8:58am