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Hofesh Shechter’s Sun – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Choreography &Music: Hofesh Shechter Reviewer: Joseph Leigh Hofesh Shechter’s Sun opens with the voice of Hofesh Shechter himself booming from the darkness of an opening blackout. Shechter engages the audience in a conversational manner, explaining that before the show begins he thought it would be a good idea to show part of the end of the production so the audience ...

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Robin Hood – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writers: Matt Crosby and Michael Fentiman Musical Director: Matt Smith Director: Michael Fentiman Reviewer: Flip Miller You know Christmas is coming with the annual trip to the Arts Theatre pantomime. This year’s offering is Robin Hood. Although not your usual pantomime you will not be disappointed. This story of Robin Hood, written by the show’s Dame Matt Crosby and the ...

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That Day We Sang – Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Victoria Wood Director: Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: Matthew Nichols [Rating:5] Having first encountered Victoria Wood’s nostalgic comedy drama two years ago at the Manchester International Festival. On a baking hot afternoon, and with an acid hangover (me, not the afternoon), it was the equivalent of collapsing in front of high quality Sunday night TV. Two years on, with some tweaking, ...

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Sleeping Beauty: The Russian National Ballet – Theatre Royal Brighton

Music: Tchaikovsky Reviewer: Steve Turner Founded in the late 1980’s the Russian National Ballet is dedicated to upholding the great tradition of ballet from Russia and is currently touring three of the most famous works scored by Tchaikovsky. The audience is privileged to witness a quite wonderful performance of the Sleeping Beauty. While not having a score that is quite ...

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Sleeping Beauty – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Writer: Michael Harrison Director: Jonny Bowles Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The Grand’s production of Sleeping Beauty has to be one of the glitziest and most sparkling around. Of all the traditional panto stories, Sleeping Beauty is perhaps the thinnest in terms of plot, although it does have the required good and bad magic, a prince and princess and the princess’s loyal ...

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Sleeping Beauty – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Writer: Jon Conway Director: Sam Kane Reviewer: Sue Dixon The ingredients of a traditional pantomime have surely got to include a recognisable plot, songs to lift the spirits, jokes to groan at and a sense of involvement - i.e. audience participation of the rowdy kind. Husband and wife team Linda Lusardi and Sam Kane along with a talented cast bring ...

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Snow White, The Pantomime – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Warwick Davis Reviewer: Maggie Constable It’s behind you!!!!! Well it’s not actually but Milton Keynes Theatre this year, they say, has made your dreams come true as you will discover when you come to Snow White, The Pantomime. The story is pretty well known - a young and beautiful princess, Snow White, finds herself cast into ...

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Assassins – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Book: John Weidman Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: Ronan Phelan Reviewer: Alan Foran The idea of bringing together in one space the assassins, and would be assassins, of US Presidents in a musical setting is intriguing, an idea that perhaps only Sondheim would take on. This is exactly the set up here, with a book by John Weidman. It ...

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