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Gangsta Granny – Storyhouse Theatre, Chester

Writer: David Walliams Director: Neil Foster Reviewers: Clare and Mollie Howdon Based on the bestselling book by David Walliams, the critically acclaimed production of Gangsta Granny, adapted for the stage by Birmingham Stage Company, is currently on tour and myself and my young companion (aged 6) had the pleasure of seeing it at Storyhouse Theatre in Chester.  Neil Forster’s creative and fast-paced direction ...

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Holes – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Louis Sachar Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Dave Smith Having got his tenure as Artistic Director at Nottingham Playhouse off to a solid start with local mining paean Wonderland, Adam Penford here significantly raises the bar with this unendingly inventive and entertaining adaptation of Louis Sachar’s modern classic novel Holes. This is a clever and intelligently directed combination of humour, silliness, ...

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The Twisted Tale of Hansel and Gretel – The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer and Director: Esther Simpson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The Twisted Tale of Hansel and Gretel is a bold choice for Birmingham Hippodrome’s first in-house production. The theatre has had a long-standing relationship with co-producers Open Theatre Company – one of the region’s leading promoters of Learning Disabled Arts – and this production boasts a cast and crew drawn from BecauseWeCanCanCan, a learning-disabled company ...

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Shrek the Musical – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Jim Gillespie The tone for the latest touring production of Shrek the Musical was set by the Front of House announcement as the house lights dimmed. Should we fail to switch off our mobile phones, we were warned, Shrek would come down from the stage and fart on ...

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Beginners – The Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer & Director: Tim Crouch Reviewer: Hannah Powell Tim Crouch’s Beginners is single handily one of the most well written and emotive pieces of children’s theatre this reviewer has ever had the pleasure to watch. Giant flowers and mountain icicles, an adult dressed as a flying insect hanging from the ceiling, and a dog that quotes Shakespeare in a way ...

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Easter Entertainment – The Reviews Hub’s top theatre picks

Whether you’ve been off for a week already or the kids danced into school this morning with that enviable ‘last day of term’ excitement, coming up with ideas to fill a potentially wet Easter break is a tough challenge. To help ease some of the pressure (and leave you more time to eat leftover chocolate eggs while the kids aren’t ...

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Teletubbies Live – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Reviewer: Laura Stimpson Since 1997 the Teletubbies have been delighting pre-schoolers on television screens across the world, so it’s quite unbelievable that it’s taken 20 years to produce their first live show.  Dubbed as ‘my first theatre show’ the theatre was indeed packed with children visiting the theatre for the very first time, from babes in arms to pre-schoolers. The ...

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A Tiger’s Tale – The Lowry, Salford

Music: James Atherton Writer: Mike Kenny Director: Gilly Baskeyfield Reviewer: Sam Lowe The "Punch and Judy" style opening sees the actors peer their heads above the curtains onstage. That signals that we're off to the circus. Well, not just yet. The story begins with Pa, he has a job as a window cleaner (but he's terrible at it) so it's ...

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