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The Grinning Man  – Trafalgar Studios, London

Book and Lyrics: Carl Grose Director: Tom Morris Reviewer: Richard Maguire Smiling all the way from Bristol’s Old Vic, where it received rave reviews, new British musical The Grinning Man now bares his teeth at London’s Trafalgar Studios. If only his bite was sharper. The Grinning Man, or Grinpayne as he’s known to his friends, is facially disfigured with a ...

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Classic Carols – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Adrian Lucas Reviewer: Clare White Raymond Gubbay’s Christmas season kicks off in spectacular style at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham with its annual classic carol concert. Traditional festive favourites mixed with rarer Yuletide treasures and sing-a-long standards are performed by the sublime City of Birmingham Choir, accompanied by the London Concert Orchestra and led by conductor Adrian Lucas. One ...

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A Christmas Carol – Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Eric Gracey from the book by Charles Dickens Director: Jennifer Rigby Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol over a six-week period in 1843. Affected by the conditions in which he saw children work, it was a polemic against the impact of the Industrial Revolution. His story of a miserable miserly moneylender motivated solely to increase his ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Theatre Royal, York

Writers: Berwick Kaler Music: Elliot Styche Director: Damian Cruden and Berwick Kaler Choreographer: Grace Harrington Reviewer: Sophie Dodworth Britain’s longest-serving pantomime dame Berwick Kaler is back once again to entertain the eager Christmas crowd gathered at the York Theatre Royal. Over the decades, the actor has created a seasonal institution and one that is part of many families annual Christmas ...

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King Tut: A Pyramid Panto – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer and Director: James Savournin Lyrics and Arrangements: David Eaton Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In the well-trodden panto furrow, genuine innovation is pretty rare, so Charles Court Opera’s latest “Boutique Pantomime” at the King’s Head Theatre is something a bit special. While the political jokes are updated every year and the gender-swapped casting may be de rigueur, the essential elements of ...

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Sleeping Beauty– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer and Director: Richard Gauntlett Reviewer: Lu Greer The tree lights are twinkling, presents are being wrapped, and there's still no sign of snow. This can only mean two things: Christmas is coming and Richard Gauntlett has got a giant multi-coloured dress on again. The Theatre Royal Norwich panto is once again written and directed by Gauntlett, with him also taking on ...

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The Bootleg Beatles in Concert – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: John Kennedy Uncannily accurate musical theatre mimicry or just Fab Four necrophiliac nostalgia? Whether neither, either or both it can’t be denied that a guaranteed splendid time is being had by all. The secret to maintaining the Bootleg Beatles’ magical mystery allure during this two-hour tour down melody lane is not to look too closely - just buy into ...

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Shrek – Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Tour Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Gareth Davies They may be tales as old as time, but in 2001 Shrek gave traditional fairy stories a post-modern makeover, turning inwards the conventions of happily ever after, and giving their characters a few sly twists. The film won a Best Animation Oscar, and DreamWorks had ...

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