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

TV Review: Wolf Hall
The BBC's eagerly awaited adaptation of the Hilary Mantel bestseller Wolf Hall finally hit our screens last week with the minimum of fuss. Secure in the knowledge that its core audience is there for…
Phil Hopkins
Mr Frodo - Up Close And Personal
By Phil Hopkins
Theatre Correspondent

One must either applaud the West Yorkshire Playhouse's inspired marketing ploy - A Play, A Pie & A Pint - or conclude that London sophistication has yet to reach the county of mushy peas and lard…

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Thu 29th Jan, 2015 | 12:45pm

Graham Clark
Review: East Is East - Opera House, Manchester
By Graham Clark
Gig Correspondent

The popular film East is East has been transformed on to the stage in this witty, thought provoking and entertaining production.

Written and starring Ayub Khan Din as George Khan, the Pakistan…

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Tue 27th Jan, 2015 | 8:00pm

Be My Valentine - Collections Close-Up At Scarborough Museums Trust

Jennifer Dunne with a double-side love token brooch
Jennifer Dunne with a double-side love token brooch
Romance is under the spotlight in the first of a new series of 'Collections Close-ups' at Scarborough Art Gallery.

The monthly Close-ups will feature a themed selection of items from the…

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Mon 26th Jan, 2015 | 7:45pm

Richard Trinder
Opera North: The Marriage Of Figaro. A Farce And A Custard Pie Short Of A Panto!
By Richard Trinder
Editor
Silvia Moi as Susanna. Photo by Clive Barda
Silvia Moi as Susanna. Photo by Clive Barda
Proposition 1: Mozart's effervescent comedy The Marriage of Figaro is a farce.

Discuss:

My best understanding is that a farce is a "broadly humorous play based on the exploitation of improbable…

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Sat 24th Jan, 2015 | 2:41pm

The Return Of The Overtones


After three consecutive Top 5 albums, 750,000 sales and three sold-out headline tours, The Overtones preview their upcoming fourth album 'Sweet Soul Music' with the single 'Something Good' which…

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Sat 24th Jan, 2015 | 11:47am

Album Review - Shuffle: Shape Cutting House (Warner Music TV)


Every now and again a new scene comes along in the dance music genre, the last being EDM (Electronic Dance Music) and now comes Shuffling.

Shuffling is the underground dance phenomenon that has…

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Fri 23rd Jan, 2015 | 3:57pm

Gig Review: Queen With Adam Lambert - Leeds Arena




There are not many groups who can continue when they no longer have a strong frontman like Freddie Mercury was. But Queen was never about just one man: Roger Taylor wrote Radio GaGa and A Kind of…

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Thu 22nd Jan, 2015 | 9:17am

Scout Beck
Interview: Blossoms On Tour
By Scout Beck
Correspondent
Blossoms
Blossoms
This Stockport (UK) five piece only formed in 2013 but already have a headline tour behind them and an impressive list of dates ahead.

Drawling and sleazy, grungy and psychedelic the band still…

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Tue 20th Jan, 2015 | 10:03am

Album Review - The Weekender - Ministry Of Sound


The compilation market has seen another successful year I 2014 and it looks likely to continue into this year as Ministry of Sound release their first big compilation of the year.

Split into 3…

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Mon 19th Jan, 2015 | 11:07am

Fauvism In Settle By Settle College Art Students

Gallery on the Green, Settle
Gallery on the Green, Settle
Settle College art group students are very excited about the opportunity to exhibit their art work in the Gallery on the Green. This second exhibition works on the theme of 'Fauvism in the Dales'.

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Sat 10th Jan, 2015 | 6:32pm

Viola Player Jon Thorne Of The Badke Quartet Discusses Mozart, Batman And The Joy Of A Live Quartet

Jon Thorne of Badke Quartet
Jon Thorne of Badke Quartet
One of Britain's finest quartets, the Badke Quartet, feature in the prestigious Harrogate International Festival Sunday Series this February.

Quartet-member Jon Thorne, who plays a fine viola by…

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Thu 29th Jan, 2015 | 8:30am

Rigoletto At Victoria Theatre, Halifax


With an impressive cast and accompanied by a live Orchestra with over 30 musicians, Verdi's masterpiece and best-loved opera, Rigoletto will be brought to life by The Russian State Ballet and…

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Tue 27th Jan, 2015 | 10:30am

Masham's First Movie Festival


Masham Town Hall is a handsome, 101-year-old building, literally and socially at the heart of the busy and historic market town.

Since 2012, the Town Hall has been the home to "Movies in Masham",…

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Mon 26th Jan, 2015 | 1:27pm

Gig Preview: Thunder - Leeds Arena


After sharing the stage with Aerosmith and Mott the Hoople at the Clapham Calling gig in London last year, UK rockers Thunder have announced a UK arena tour for this March which calls at Leeds…

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Sat 24th Jan, 2015 | 12:00pm

Album Review: The Trevor Nelson Collection 3 (Sony Music)

Trevor Nelson
Trevor Nelson
The latest in the Trevor Nelson compilations has just been released and like its predecessors this new compilation contains some of the most soulful, funky and R&B tracks of the last few decades.

S…

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Fri 23rd Jan, 2015 | 4:16pm

Interview With Joey Negro On The New Compilation: Joey Negro - House Masters (Defected Records)

Joey Negro
Joey Negro
The name Joey Negro may not be a name that you are familiar with but under the guise of his DJ name Dave Lee AKA Joey Negro has re-mixed tracks from everyone from Take That to Roxy Music.

Defected…

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Fri 23rd Jan, 2015 | 3:42pm

Popular Picture Library Event Back At Leeds Art Gallery

Bring home an original piece of work at the Leeds Art Gallery Picture Library event
Bring home an original piece of work at the Leeds Art Gallery Picture Library event
Leeds Art Gallery is once again set to host its immensely popular Picture Library this month at its Winter Selection Weekend.

Held on the weekend of 24 January and 25 January, art lovers will be…

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Tue 20th Jan, 2015 | 10:14am

Rick Melling
Stealing Sheep: Heavenly 25th Birthday Weekend
By Rick Melling
Music Correspondent
Stealing Sheep
Stealing Sheep
The jangling and fast-paced melodies of the UK's Liverpool three piece folk-electronica outfit seem upon first listen to audaciously juxtapose a number of styles. And they accomplish this with…

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Tue 20th Jan, 2015 | 9:57am

One Wedding, One Fallen Woman And A Funeral


Opera North has announced details of its forthcoming season. It includes a marriage, a fallen woman and some scheming relatives hanging around a death-bed, eagerly anticipating the reading of the…

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Tue 13th Jan, 2015 | 2:03pm

Olivia Newby
Looci And The Steelcats
By Olivia Newby
Features Writer
photo by Katie McMillan
photo by Katie McMillan
From angle grinding, fire breathing, trapeze and aerial, Leeds based entertainment troupe The Steelcats put on one hell of a show.

Watching two women move so gracefully around each other and…

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Fri 9th Jan, 2015 | 6:20pm

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