Broadsides give the Bard a modern and musical makeover

Lively: Barrie Rutter (in headgear) takes centre stage in the production      . Below: Comedy: former boxer and rugby player Adam Fogerty limbers up. Pictures: Nobby Clark

Lively: Barrie Rutter (in headgear) takes centre stage in the production . Below: Comedy: former boxer and rugby player Adam Fogerty limbers up. Pictures: Nobby Clark

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Love’s Labour’s Lost Northern Broadsides

Viaduct Theatre, Halifax

Northern Broadsides & New Vic Theatre Jan 2012'Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare'Directed by Barrie Rutter    Designed by Jess Worrall'Lighting by David Phillips   Music by Conrad Nelson'Hester Arden as Maria  Emily Aston as Jaquenetta'Kelsey Brookfield as Dumaine   Matt Connor as Berone'Andy Cryer as Boyet  Adam Fogarty as Costard'Fine Time Fontayne as Nathanial  Dean Whatton as Moth 'Sophie Hatfield as Princess  Cath Kinsella as Rosaline'Rebbecca Hutchinson as Katherine  Owen Findlay as King'Roy North as Constable Dull  Barrie Rutter as Holofernes'Jos Vantyler as Longaville  Andrew Vincent as Armardo'�NOBBY CLARK'+44(0)7941-515770'+44(0)20-7924-0302'nobby@nobbyclark.co.uk

Northern Broadsides & New Vic Theatre Jan 2012'Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare'Directed by Barrie Rutter Designed by Jess Worrall'Lighting by David Phillips Music by Conrad Nelson'Hester Arden as Maria Emily Aston as Jaquenetta'Kelsey Brookfield as Dumaine Matt Connor as Berone'Andy Cryer as Boyet Adam Fogarty as Costard'Fine Time Fontayne as Nathanial Dean Whatton as Moth 'Sophie Hatfield as Princess Cath Kinsella as Rosaline'Rebbecca Hutchinson as Katherine Owen Findlay as King'Roy North as Constable Dull Barrie Rutter as Holofernes'Jos Vantyler as Longaville Andrew Vincent as Armardo'�NOBBY CLARK'+44(0)7941-515770'+44(0)20-7924-0302'nobby@nobbyclark.co.uk

By Adam Smith

An eclectic mix of audience members attended Dean Clough to see Northern Broadsides’ latest theatrical offering.

It was a wonderful sight to see; infants to elderly sharing a common interest in what is one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies.

The plot is a tangled love story that provides humour and youthful playfulness as young relationships emerge between the two groups of noblemen and women.

A talented cast of actors deliver text, songs and choreography with energy and confidence, completely engaging the audience throughout.

The Broadsides decision to cast actors that play instruments works brilliantly and provides a hugely effective theatrical tool; instant live underscore and accompaniment.

The original music scored by the super-talented Conrad Nelson is simply divine and his creation at the end of the play is truly amazing. Artistic stalwart Barrie Rutter does a grand job directing, masterfully devising playful gimmickry and fast, slick staging.

The production values are elegant and colourful, a simple yet clever set works well and the costumes are refined and glamorous.

As always the performance is supported by a fantastic traverse stage; the Viaduct allows the audience to have such an intimate relationship with the actors treading on its boards.

This was a great night’s entertainment and is a must-see for any classical theatre fan. The Broadsides are currently on a national tour and details of further shows are available from their website, here.