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Lord of the Flies – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer: William Golding Music: Terry Davies Director/Choreographer: Scott Ambler Director: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Rich Jevons If ever there was an inspiring show promoting ballet for boys, forget STOMP or Billy Elliot (good as they are), instead think Matthew Bourne’s incredible creation of Lord of the Flies. It’s over decade since Isaw Pilot Theatre’s theatrical adaptation of the William Golding classic ...

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White Christmas – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank Music and lyrics: Irving Berlin Book: David Ives and Paul Blake Director: Nikolai Foster Choreographer: Nick Winston Musical Director: Tom Kelly Reviewer: Audrey Pointer The West Yorkshire Playhouse has brought a new version of an old classic to Leeds this Christmas. Famously made into a 1954 film starring Bing Crosby and Danny ...

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Aladdin – Gala Theatre, Durham

Writer: Ben Crocker Director: Gareth Tudor Price Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Pantomime season is here again (oh, yes it is!), and Aladdin is at Durham’s Gala Theatre this Christmas. Featuring the adventures of Widow Twanky (Chris Connel), her sons Aladdin (Matt McGoldick), Wishee Washee (Paul Hartley) and the magic lamp; will the wicked Abanazar (Neil Armstrong) get the lamp and the ...

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Jersey Boys – Empire Theatre, Sunderland

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music: Bob Gaudio Lyrics: Bob Crewe Choreographer: Sergio Trujillo Director: Des McAnuff Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes It’s easy to see why Jersey Boys is such an award winning and popular musical. It’s a feel good night out and jam-packed with hit after hit. Seeing this musical for the first time you may be fooled into ...

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Cinderella – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Choreographer, Director and Costume Designer: David Nixon Music: Phillip Feeney Reviewer: Janet Jepson The story of Cinderella is one of the most widely-known tales in the world, and indeed there are versions of the rags-to-riches classic in nearly every continent, country and culture. Bearing this in mind then, it is somewhat difficult for a director to produce a show to ...

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BARNUM – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer: Mark Bramble Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Michael Stewart Director: Jean-Pierre Van Der Spuy Reviewer: Sue Collier Barnum is a great musical extravaganza portraying the story of American Phineas T. Barnum, the owner of a famous sideshow and museum. After a brief stint in politics, he returned to develop what became the world famous Barnum and Bailey Circus. Barnum gets ...

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Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Director: Emma Earle Musical Director: Thomas Gisby Designer: Zoe Squire Reviewer: Rosie Revell Raymond Briggs’ irreverent and down to earth version of Father Christmas returns to the West Yorkshire Playhouse after last year’s successful run, and is a spellbinding treat from start to finish. Although aimed at ages two to six there is plenty of fun, humour and Christmas joy ...

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An Inspector Calls – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: John Boynton Priestley Director: Len Townend Reviewer – Andrew White An Inspector Calls is one of those plays which seem to divide opinion as to its true meaning, but one thing is certain, it’s a cracking story full of twists and turns. It’s a spring evening in 1912 and the Birling family are celebrating the engagement of their daughter ...

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