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Treasure Island – The New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Robert Louis Stevenson Adaptor and director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Artistic director Theresa Heskins writes in her programme notes that after consultation with focus groups of children as to what should be on their stage at Christmas the overwhelming consensus involved pirates, treasure and fights. And so, bowing to popular opinion, Treasure Island is in full production as ...

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Cinderella – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: John Roberts The Empire Theatre’s annual pantomime may have undergone a change of producer, but that doesn’t mean the largest Christmas show in Merseyside has lost any of its glimmer and shine, in fact this year’s offering of Cinderella starring Duncan James (Prince Charming) and Jodie Prenger (Fairy Godmother) still provides a winning ...

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Hot Brown Honey –  Home, Manchester

Director Lisa Fa’alafi Reviewer: Matt Forrest If you fancy something a little different this festive season: a show with plenty of attitude and sass then Hot Brown Honey is the show for you.  This is a variety show for the 21st century which attempts to tackle some of the major issues of the day: such as race and inequality head-on. ...

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Cinderella – Forum Theatre. Chester

Writer:  Peter Swingler: Director: Steve Davies Reviewer: Emma Boswell Set to the perfect snowy backdrop of Chester, Tip Top Productions’ Cinderella pantomime arrives in the Forum Theatre this week. It’s wonderful to see the traditional Christmas panto still thriving in 2017 and this production ticks all the boxes.  The script, written by Peter Swingler OBE is energetic, topical and most ...

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The Siege of Christmas – Contact, Manchester

Director: Alan Lane Reviewer: Andrea Allen Bad news everyone. The spirit of Christmas has been cancelled and the audience has been barricaded outside of Contact by a team of militant mince pies. This is The Siege of Christmas, and you’d better be wearing comfy shoes, because you’re the crack team who’s been tasked with finding the spirit of Christmas trapped ...

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Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Ken Ludwig Director: Loveday Ingram Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin “The game’s afoot Watson. Someone is trying to murder our reputation as top-notch detectives.”… Yes, Baskerville A Sherlock Holmes Mystery is not for those who take the super sleuths too seriously. Most versions of Holmes and Watson also seem a bit larger than life, a little over the top and a ...

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book: Douglas McGrath Music & Lyrics: Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Cynthia Weil & Barry Mann Director: Marc Bruni Reviewer: May Mellstrom Fresh from a two year run in the West End and with the original production still going strong on Broadway, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical arrives in  Manchester over Christmas in an affectionately told biography of Brooklyn teenager ...

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Dick Whittington – Opera House, Manchester

Director: Michael Gyngell Reviewer: Matthew Forrest It seems an odd pairing, that of John Barrowman and the Krankies:  one forging out a career in Hollywood, the others light entertainment stalwarts delighting crowds for over 50 years. They make for strange but successful bedfellows together as this is their third outing together performing Dick Whittington, having previously taken the show to ...

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