TSOTA’s Top 5: Shows of 2014 (Dance and Theatre)

By December 21, 2014

Theatre & Dance. Leeds.


Leading up to Christmas, the TSOTA Team have been compiling some December Top 5s. This week we gave you…



1. Slung Low’s ‘White Whale’ at Leeds Docks


Suggestion from TSOTA contributor Nicki Davy:

“Slung Low’s ‘White Whale’ at Leeds Docks was the best thing I’ve seen this year. It was brilliantly acted, technically spectacular and flawlessly delivered. The company keep developing these great concepts (like ‘Blood and Chocolate’ in York in 2013) but the best thing is how accessible they make it by making all of their shows ‘pay what you think’. I can’t think of any other theatre company who is truly making theatre inclusive by recruiting new audiences in this way.”

Read the full review

Follow Slung Low on Twitter @SlungLow


2. ‘Of Mice and Men’ at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

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[Image courtesy of the West Yorkshire Playhouse]

Suggestion from TSOTA team:

“Lots of original music – in the Dust Bowl style – which added a completely different dimension to the production. If I’m honest, I’ve probably seen better acting… but as someone who knows the text inside out it was good to see someone putting a new spin on the concept. “

Follow West Yorkshire Playhouse on Twitter @WYPlayhouse


3. Hans Zimmer’s performance at the London Apollo, October 2014


[Image courtesy of the London Apollo]

Suggestion from photographer Tom Joy:

“I saw Hans Zimmer perform with a full orchestra band at the London Apollo in October and it was simply one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had.”


4. Northern Ballet’s ‘The Great Gatsby’

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[Image courtesy of Northern Ballet]

Suggestion from TSOTA team.

Follow Northern Ballet on Twitter @northernballet

Watch an excerpt from ‘The Great Gatsby’:


5. Dirty Dancing at The Grand Theatre

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[Image courtesy of Leeds Grand Theatre]

Suggestion from TSOTA team:

‘What Dirty Dancing achieves on stage is this sense of vitality and interaction with the story; the ability to share the vibrancy of music and dancing enhances what is already a cherished classic.’

Read Emma’s full review


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