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Rapunzel – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Mike Kenny Director: Wendy Harris Composer/ MD: Chris Mellor Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Don’t go to the Lawrence Batley Theatre primed with the usual Christmas time ‘He’s behind you!’ Is Rapunzel a pantomime? Oh no it isn’t! Rapunzel is more of a physical theatre play for children and their families. Theatre company Tutti Frutti specialise in story based theatre incorporating ...

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Aladdin – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Jon Conway Director: David Barrow Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes Darlington Civic has a renown reputation for festive family fun and this years offering of Aladdin shows that the their reputation remains intact. Aladdin is classic pantomime, with merriment, mayhem and mirth. Laugh out loud funny with jokes for both young and old alike. Starring The Chuckle Brothers, alias real-life South ...

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Mostly Autumn: The Ghost Moon Orchestra -Grand Opera House, York

Reviewer: Rosie Revell There is something unique but highly impenetrable about the band Mostly Autumn which leaves mixed feelings after viewing a show for the first time. Formed in York back in 1996, the band, despite numerous line- up changes, have carved themselves a niche by dedicating themselves to progressive rock whose heyday was back in the 1970’s. They have ...

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The Jungle Book – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Rudyard Kipling Adaptor: Rosanna Lowe Director: Liam Steel Reviewer: Laura Stimpson West Yorkshire Playhouse is renowned for its family plays at Christmas time which offer a welcome alternative to a pantomime. This year, under the direction of multi award winning Liam Steel, the playhouse brings to the stage Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. On entering the theatre the audience ...

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A Thousand Years of Christmas – Square Chapel, Halifax

Reviewer: Rosie Revell A Thousand Years of Christmas is a deceptively simple but extremely captivating celebration of all things Christmas through the ages; from medieval mysticism to the joys of Christmas shopping to hangovers, nativity plays, Scrooge and traditional Christmas carols this show offers all things festive through song, verse and prose. The show also showcases a new Christmas poem; ...

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Sleeping Beauty – Harrogate Theatre

Writers: David Brown and Phil Lowe Musical Director: Nick Lacey Director: Phil Lowe Reviewer: Sue Collier The favourite Grimm Brothers fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty presents plenty of fun and laughter to a lively and appreciative audience at Harrogate Theatre. Sleeping Beauty is a story we all know and love and tonight everyone, young and old enjoyed participating in this ...

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