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Festive 17/18

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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The Tempest – St John on the Wall’s Crypt, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Adapted by: Hannah Drake, Justin Palmer, and Ellie Showering Director: Hannah Drake Designer: Sarah Warren Composer: Ellie Showering Lighting: Edmund McKay Reviewer: Leah Tozer ‘Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises,’ a muddling, older man murmurs to us, collected in a crypt beneath a Medieval church in the centre of Bristol as cars and buses and ...

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Festive Box of Delights – Leeds Town Hall

Choir: Leeds Festival Chorus Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Soloists: Lorna James (soprano), Victoria Sharp (mezzo-soprano), Stuart Laing (tenor) Reviewer: Ron Simpson The ever-busy Orchestra of Opera North has any number of festive concerts on its schedule – The Snowman, three Vienna-style New Year concerts and the always popular Dewsbury Christmas celebration – but this time the hosts were Leeds ...

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

  Writer: Simon Aylin Director: Kerris Peeling Reviewer: Michael Gray A portentous start, with Richard Strauss, a star cloth and a flying mirror, but One from the Heart soon get into their panto stride in a show, directed by Kerris Peeling, that’s packed with comedy routines and high octane musical numbers. The USP this year is The Man in the Mirror ...

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer/Director: Daniel Buckroyd Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Michael Gray This sparkling Snow White – Daniel Buckroyd’s fourth panto for Made in Colchester – is a delightful cocktail of glamour, glitter and good old-fashioned fun. David Shields’ designs feature giant candles, surrounding the flown title, and later the magic mirror and the Princess’s glass coffin. There’s an impressive dungeon laboratory, as ...

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Puss in Boots – Britannia Panopticon, Glasgow

man in shabby clothes woman dressed as a cat

Writer: Grant F. Kidd Director: Grant F. Kidd Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald The world’s oldest music hall brings a classic traditional story back after a successful return to pantomime in 2016. Panoptica is in danger from an evil Giant and his assistant Demon Moonshade (Sally Starshine). Our hero, Tom, has returned to inherit his father’s estate before all is destroyed. Will Tom’s ...

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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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How to Disappear – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

three people in a bedsit

Writer: Morna Pearson Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Gareth Davies It may not seem an obvious scheduling choice for a festive theatre production, but the Traverse Theatre's main stage show this winter is very much in the 'alternative' Christmas tradition. The spirit of Ebenezer Scrooge lingers in the play's themes of social injustice, political heartlessness and in the redemptive ideas of ...

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