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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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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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