Opening Night: Opera North’s Rigoletto. Leeds Grand Theatre

Giuseppe Verdi’s deformed court jester Rigoletto was transformed last night in central Leeds - and as a consequence, will become Opera North’s latest heavy-weight success. This tale of a father’s desperation to protect his daughter, has been masterfully re-worked by British-Nigerian theatre artist Femi Elufowoju jr, who makes his opera directing debut with Verdi’s interpretation … Continue reading Opening Night: Opera North’s Rigoletto. Leeds Grand Theatre

Review: The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff. Northern Stage

Image: Pamela Raith If you’re not already a big fan of ‘The Young’uns’ and their absolutely authentic, primarily acapella folk music, then I’d recommend you add them to your playlist without further delay. Last night in Newcastle – they were magnificent, moving, extremely funny, humble – and I think maybe a little-bit proud that the … Continue reading Review: The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff. Northern Stage