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The Snowman – Milton Keynes Theatre

Music and Lyrics: Howard Blake Director: Bill Alexander Reviewer: Maggie Constable There is not a better time to see The Snowman at Milton Keynes theatre than at this foggy, frosty time of year just after Christmas. It brings back the magic that so often seems lost at the start of the January Based on Raymond Briggs’ much-adored book and Diane Jackson’s film of the ...

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The Snow Queen – New Ohio Theatre, New York

[The Snow Queen] [New Ohio Theatre] [NYC] (c)Maria Baranova

Writer: Hans Christian Anderson Adaptor: Matt Opatrny Director: Jessica Burr Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers blessed unrest returns to the New Ohio Theatre with a new adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen. Utilizing movement theatre and effectively minimalist staging techniques, Matt Opatrny and Jessica Burr’s foray into children’s theatre shows strong promise. The fantasy and imagination of children’s theatre is ...

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The Snow Dragon, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Devised by Tall Stories  Director: Toby Mitchell Reviewer: RL Bartholomew It's New Year's Eve night and the wolves are about. These rough and tumble guys are out to teach a life lesson to young Billy -  a  spoilt, indulged and mollycoddled little goat - and it's one lesson he would bleat loudly about, and probably won't ever forget. Skittish and ...

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Skellig – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: David Almond Director: Adam Carver Reviewer: James Garrington Michael is unhappy. He has moved to a new part of town, his new-born baby sister is ill and his world seems to have turned upside down. Then one day he ventures into the dilapidated garage and finds a strange man, and Michael’s life changes forever. This is the story of ...

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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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Jack and the Beanstalk – Abrons Arts Center, New York

(Jack and the Beanstalk) (Abrons Arts Center) (NYC) (c)Norman Blake

Writer: Mat Fraser Choreographer: Randy Luna Director: Julie Atlas Muz Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz’s ONEOFUS returns to Abrons Arts Center, following up their acclaimed Beauty and the Beast with a family-friendly holiday show – Jack and the Beanstalk. The company’s first foray into children’s theatre is a true Lower East Side community production, featuring performers ...

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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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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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