Young stars take on a clas­sic opera

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - STAGE -

show in its stu­dio, the mu­si­cal was clearly deemed a suc­cess as it is com­ing back to the city – play­ing at the Lyceum from Oc­to­ber 9 to 18 – be­fore go­ing out on tour. It’s the first time the com­pany has taken on a solo tour and demon­strates a real faith in the ma­te­rial.

In Septem­ber Sh­effield The­atres will work for a sec­ond time hand-in-glove with English Tour­ing Theatre. Direc­tor Jonathan Munby, fa­mil­iar to Sh­effield au­di­ences for his work on pro­duc­tions like Com­pany and A Num­ber, will be bring­ing Twelfth Night to the stage. Munby is also known around York­shire, with his blis­ter­ing pro­duc­tion of ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore caus­ing con­tro­versy and im­pres­sive r re­views when it came to the W West York­shire Play­house.

Over the past few years a banker for the theatre h has been its Christ­mas pro­duc­tion. Ma­jor hits have in­cluded Oliver!, My Fair Lady a and Me and My Girl.

This year it is stag­ing the c clas­sic Cole Porter mu­si­cal Any­thing Goes. Another co­pro­duc­tion, once it fin­ishes its run at the theatre, it will g go out on the road with Stage E Entertainment.

Tak­ing the shows on the road is a canny way to bring in ex­tra money and share the cost of mak­ing big pro­duc­tions. The Lyceum will also play host to pop­u­lar shows out on tour with the likes of To Kill a Mock­ing­bird, The Snow­man, Top Hat and the Na­tional Theatre’s The Cu­ri­ous In­ci­dent of the Dog in the Night Time all ap­pear­ing at the Lyceum. Along­side that, the Cru­cible will also host a num­ber of one-off events that are ex­pected to gen­er­ate a lot of in­ter­est with Paul Mer­ton, award-win­ning au­thor of Cloud At­las David Mitchell and lo­cal lad Michael Palin all ap­pear­ing on stage to talk about their ca­reers.

It ap­pears that Sh­effield The­atres is rid­ing the fund­ing storm with a com­bi­na­tion of smart part­ner­ships and a var­ied menu. A YOUNG peo­ple’s opera group has won Arts Coun­cil Fund­ing to tour with one of Mozart’s mas­ter­pieces.

The Young Opera Ven­ture presents The Magic Flute which com­bines com­edy, ro­mance, fan­tasy and pan­tomime.

Prize-win­ning singers will per­form with an orches­tra of young pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians.

They play The Civic in Barns­ley on Septem­ber 13, for tick­ets call the Box Of­fice on 01226 327000.

And at the Lawrence Bat­ley Theatre in Hud­der­s­field on Oc­to­ber 22, for tick­ets call their box of­fice on 01484 430528.

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