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The Little Mermaid – Liverpool Everyman

Writer: Sarah A Nixon & Mark Chatterton Director: Mark Chatterton Reviewer: John Roberts   It has to be said that if the Everyman Rock ‘n’ Roll panto was ever to disappear then the theatre scene in Liverpool would be much worse for it, especially if this year’s flippin’ fintastic offering is anything to go by. Writers Sarah A Nixon and ...

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – St Helens Theatre Royal

Writer: Si Foster and Ben Engelen Director: Chantelle Nolan Reviewer: Robin Winters Over the past five years the pantomimes at St Helens Theatre Royal has consistently been one of the best in the region and this year's production of Snow White continues that trend, while it may not be as tight as last years production of Aladdin, it still brings ...

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The Jungle Book – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Book: Rudyard Kipling Writer: Kevin Dyer Music: Angus McLeod Director: Nina Hakiyianni Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin With the film version of The Jungle Book still a firm favourite, a stage version is a good bet for children, especially at Christmas. The characters and tales are originally spread across two Jungle Books that Rudyard Kipling wrote in 1894 and 1895. The cast ...

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Red Riding Hood and the Wolf – Home, Manchester

Writer: Jon Barton Director: Jimmy Grimes Reviewer: Matthew Forrest It seems all the rage these days to take a popular and cherished story or fable and turn it on its head. It proved so popular with The Wizard of Oz and Wicked. It was inevitable that other stories would get this daring and ambitious makeover. However, it’s a brave person ...

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Beauty and the Beast – The Black E, Liverpool

Writer: Jessica Lea Director: Sam Donovan Reviewer: Robin Winters The Black E on the edge of Liverpool’s China Town has become the latest venue to give a home to pantomime. Offering its own unique localised and intimate take on the family favourite, new company Drops of Light present the epic tale of love Beauty and the Beast. Sam Donovan’s fast-paced ...

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The Secret Seven  – Storyhouse, Chester

Writer: Enid Blyton Adaptor: Glen Maxwell Director: Alex Clifton Reviewer: Mel Duncan ‘Lashings of ginger beer!’ The Secret Seven are beloved, and almost the stuff of English folklore.  Generation after generation of children have grown up living vicariously within Enid Blyton’s beautifully crafted pages, and inside the heads of arguably ever adult in the English speaking world adventures have been ...

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Around the World in 80 Days – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Jules Verne Adaptor: Laura Eason Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Sam Lowe All eight actors play over 125 characters. No easy task. Around the World in 80 Days is a fast-paced production, based on the classic adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne. This production has a Christmas residency at The Lowry as part of an adventurous sixth month ...

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The Bear – Waterside, Sale

Writer: Raymond Briggs Adaptors: Pins and Needles Productions Directors: Emma Earle and Hal Chambers Reviewer: Jay Nuttall It must be Christmas if Aled Jones’ unbroken choirboy tones are in the television schedules. The Snowman will probably remain Raymond Briggs’ most famous piece of work. But what has been described as its thematic soulmate, and much later work, The Bear treads ...

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