Aside from Eric Cantona it’s a rarity that an international sportsperson becomes a thespian but Leeds Rhinos star Jamie Jones-Buchanan is about to treads the board in a new show for Red Ladder.

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An ordinary West Yorkshire family leading a fully grown tiger around the streets of Holmfirth on a lead sounds just like as fanciful as any classic fairy tale but it actually happened.

The Overend Family were a former circus act who brought the tiger back to West Yorkshire as the second world war broke out and Fenella became a much loved local character.

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Casting has been completed for James Graham’s timely political drama This House which opens at West Yorkshire Playhouse on Friday 23rd February.

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The critically acclaimed improvisational frontrunner Showstopper! The Improvised Musical heads to Manchester’s Palace Theatre on Saturday 10th February promising a night of surprises for audiences to enjoy.

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In 1948 a party of 492 Jamaicans embarked on the MV Empire Windrush to make the long trip to England and images of those  pioneers filing down the gangplank have come to symbolise the start of post war Britain’s multiculturalism.

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A top quality cast has been announced for Octagon Theatre Bolton’s new production of Ayub Khan Din’s award winning culture clash comedy drama East is East.

Based on the classic BAFTA award winning film, it’s the tale of George Khan, proud Pakistani and chip shop owner, and his uphill battle to get his seven children to conform to traditional Pakistani values.

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Having had the pleasure of seeing a trio of their productions last year at unitytheatre – Not The Horse; Church Blitz; The British Idles – I was pleased to meet up with director Mikee Dickinson and actor Nick Sheedy at the Arts Centre on the main campus of Edge Hill University.

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The full cast has been announced for the world premiere of Lisa Genova’s haunting best-seller Still Alice that explores s the devastating impact of early onset dementia for a high flying academic.

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A new work by Leeds based Phoenix Dance Theatre will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the SS Empire Windrush that brought the first large group of immigrants from the Caribbean to the UK.

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Bowie Experience, the most successful David Bowie tribute show is back with brand new production.  The show features of all of the pop icon’s greatest hits, and continues to provide audiences with an unforgettable journey of sound and vision through David Bowie’s golden years.

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With 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Every Third Minute festival of theatre, dementia and hope curated by people with lived experience is very timely.

They are promising an eclectic programme of performances, conversations, installations, training and workshops with the undoubted highlight a brand new stage adaptation of Lisa Genova’s best-selling novel of Still Alice.

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