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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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Punk Rock – Lantern Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Lisa Gregan Reviewer: Julia Beasley A group of sixth formers hangs out in the library of a private school. They’re facing mock A-level exams and feeling under pressure to perform.  Personality cracks soon begin to develop. Ultimately the weakest link will break, with devastating and gory consequences. This dramatic piece by the Bristol Old Vic Young ...

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The Opera North String Quartet – Jubilee Hall, Wakefield

Reviewer: Ron Simpson For over 50 years, via a name change and several shifts of venue, Wakefield Concert Society has brought a regular programme of quality chamber music to the city. Now well settled in Wakefield Girls’ High School’s Jubilee Hall, the society programmes six concerts a year, mainstream enough to keep up attendances, but enterprisingly varied, with a few ...

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Viennese Whirl – Town Hall, Leeds

Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Conductor: Justin Brown Soloist: Jeni Bern (soprano) Reviewer: Ron Simpson The model for all the Straussian celebrations in the New Year is, of course, the Vienna Philharmonic’s concert on New Year’s Day and, by the time of Justin Brown’s third concert with the Orchestra of Opera North, we had nearly got to the day itself. ...

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Stiwt Theatre, Rhosllanerchrugog 

Writer: Michael Chapman Director: Michael Jenkins Reviewer: Victoria Field Every year the Stiwt Theatre panto seems to be more magical than the year before – and 2017's offering of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is no exception. LHK Productions' take on Snow White stays true to the Disney plotline we all know and love but with a fresh and ...

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Christmas Spectacular – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: John Rigby Reviewer: James Garrington Christmas in Birmingham – and what better way to get into the festive spirit than walking through the German Market to Symphony Hall for one of their annual seasonal concerts. The London Concert Orchestra opens proceedings, presenting Leroy Anderson’s overture A Christmas Festival, an arrangement of carols and Christmas music which sets the mood ...

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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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The Slightly Fat Show – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Created by: Slightly Fat Features Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones The Slightly Fat Show is a veritable Frankenstein’s monster of comedic silliness. A fourteen-legged, knife-wielding, beer-swilling hodgepodge of the most madcap bits of The Young Ones, The Three Stooges, Monty Python, and every pantomime ever created. It’s also unerringly British. Slightly Fat Feature’s earnest and undoubtedly talented troupe are flying the flag ...

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