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The Hundred and One Dalmatians – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme

Writer: Dodi Smith Adaptor: Theresa Heskins Music/Lyrics: James Atherton Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Matthew Jackson [Rating:4] The New Vic are seeing spots this year with their production of TheHundred and One Dalmatians, renowned for their Christmas productions they certainly haven’t missed a trick this year with this rare staging of Dodie Smith’s classic. TheHundred and OneDalmatianshas many elements to shake ...

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Dreaming of a Barry White Christmas – Echo Arena, Liverpool

Writer/Director: Dave Kirby Reviewer: Stephanie Rowe [Rating:3] Dave Kirby has a strong reputation of creating laugh out loud productions in Liverpool with many of his shows receiving their premieres at The Royal Court, however this year he was unable to find a theatre to mount his production of Dreaming of a Barry White Christmas and instead found himself mounting this ...

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Peter Pan – Liverpool Empire

Writer: J.M. Barrie Adaptor: Eric Potts Director: Jane Joseph Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:4] As pantomimes go Peter Pan, doesn’t naturally lend itself to the genre, however this years production at the Liverpool Empire is a beast of a production, it has all the glitz, gags, and energy to make any shortcomings you may have fall to the kerb. Sticking pretty ...

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The Big Reunion Christmas Party – The Phones 4 U Arena, Manchester

Reviewer: Matt Yeoman [Rating: 5] Anybody who was enthralled in the ITV2 series will have found The Big Reunion Christmas Party a party not to have missed! The series brought together famous pop acts from the 90’s /early 00’s and reunited them for a series of concerts and a fantastic TV series. The live stage version did not disappoint. Performing ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Floral Pavilion, New Brighton

Writer: Andrew Ryan Director: Scott Ritchie Reviewer: Helen Patrick [Rating:2.5] Jack and the Beanstalk has all the elements needed to make for a good pantomime; up to date pop references, man in drag, local/TV celebrities, a good wholesome fairytale, song sheet, a messy scene (sort of), a ghost bench, and with all that the show should be a sterling success, ...

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Writer/Director: Lee Kelly Reviewer: Grace Galloway [Rating:2] For the second year on the run, LHK productions have graced the Epstein Theatre’s stage to bring the public what should be a magical, show-stopping performance. However the company seem to make the telling of Snow White appear difficult and clunky. Snow White tells the story of a young girl, hated by her ...

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For One Night Only – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writers: Graham Hicks and Aiden Brooks Music: Patrick Dineen Director: Alan Richardson Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin [Rating:4] For One Night Only is for adults what panto is for families – an excuse to be silly, even though the jokes from this brash duo are as unsubtle and wishy-washy as Aladdin’s mum, it's strictly for grown- ups.Hosts of The Sunshine Club Bernie ...

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West Side Story – The Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book: Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director/Choreographer: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Laura Orton [rating:4.5] Set on the downtrodden streets of New York in the 1950's, West Side Story is the much loved musical adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo &Juliet. It is widely known as one of the all time greats of the theatre, and with good reason. In ...

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