Britain’s Chinese community is the longest standing in Europe and a new touring production of the site specific From Shore to Shore will showcase the cream of their acting talent.

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Sometimes the law of unintended consequences applies even in theatreland and the closure of Leeds Playhouse for a year-long refurb has allowed audiences to see what repertory theatre used to look like.

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Being more accustomed to talking with directors about upcoming productions, it made a pleasant change to catch up with Helen Jones, writer of The Barn Swallows, directed by Meg McFarlane and produced by Make It Write Productions, which performs at The Hope Street Theatre in March, an Old West mystery set in 1875 just after the American Civil War, where four characters – a stranger; a bounty hunter; a grieving widow; and a dysfunctional Sheriff – each haunted by their own demons, cross paths in a lawless town. Who will make it out alive?

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Once upon a time Nick Ahad was the Yorkshire Post’s respected theatre critic until he decided to have a go at writing his own plays and his latest Glory gets a world premiere at Lancaster’s Dukes Theatre.

His new one tells the story of a ragtag bunch of wannabe wrestlers learning to grapple under the keen eye of a faded TV wrestling star, and Nick is tag teaming this production with radical theatre company Red Ladder’s Artistic Director Rod Dixon.

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Benidorm was a surprise hit for ITV with millions of viewers loving the daft antics of the Hotel Solana staff and their long suffering guests over ten primetime seasons.

Despite that success the TV series was axed last year, but its huge popular appeal made it an obvious choice to become a stage show, which touches down at Leeds Grand Theatre from Monday 18th March. Many of the show’s most popular characters will join the onstage chaos in an all new story, including over the top hairdresser Kenneth Du Beke played by Tony Maudsley.

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Elesha Paul Moses has paid her dues in the entertainment world; she’s been striving for success in the music business for 20 years, via traditional grafting and TV talent shows.

And now, she’s set for a fresh start, taking her singing career to a new level starring in the mammoth tribute show tour What’s Love Got To Do With It?, celebrating the music and life of rock, soul legend Tina Turner.

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Once upon a time young readers were stuck with The Famous Five or The Secret Seven but nowadays there has an absolute explosion of Young Adult fiction tackling every topic under the sun from gender fluidity to global warming.

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No-one could ever accuse imitating the dog of lacking artistic bottle but they are really going for this time taking on Joseph Conrad’s classic Heart of Darkness.

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When Reece Dinsdale was unable to play Benedick in Northern Broadsides and New Vic Theatre’s touring production of Much Ado About Nothing the producers asked Robin Simpson to step up.

Luckily the experienced Huddersfield based actor had already started rehearsals with the company preparing to play Don John, and he gamely took on the much bigger lead role before the tour kicks off in a matter of days at the New Vic on February 8th.

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Silent Witness star Kiza Deen is taking on her biggest challenge yet in a solo show playing all the members of a stricken family trying to make sense of a life changing incident involving their son.

Unlike a busy TV set there is only Kiza onstage with no place to hide in Debbie Tucker Green’s random which opens at Leeds Playhouse on Monday 4th February.

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