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Jersey Boys – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Music: Bob Gaudio Lyrics: Bob Crewe Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Director: Des McAnuff Reviewer: Selwyn Knight They say that truth is stranger than fiction. Well, if one didn’t know that The Four Seasons was (and is) a real group composed of real people, one might well imagine the story told in Jersey Boys to be a flight of ...

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Cinderella – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Jonathon Kiley Director: Andrew Lynford Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall   ‘You shall go to the ball Wolverhampton!’ Panto season returns to the black country with what is described as the ‘lavish family pantomime’. Cinderella, the mistreated sister and converted maid is desperate to enjoy her own life, and of course marry her Prince Charming. Her two ugly stepsisters, Amanda and ...

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Peter Pan the Panto – Milton Keynes Theatre

Director: Cal McCytstal Writer: J. M. Barrie Adapter by Eric Potts Reviewer: Maggie Constable Tick tock Tick tock! What do we hear coming? Yes, it’s the dreaded sound of the croc in Milton Keynes’ fab, fun Xmas panto this year. Bradley Walsh returns to Milton Keynes’ Never Never Land as Smee after a gap of seven years, joined by none ...

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Oh No It Isn’t – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer and Director: Nick Walker Reviewer: Nicole Evans With panto season well underway and scrooges across the country being forced into embracing the Christmas spirit, The Belgrade Theatre are once again taking the opportunity to appeal to a more adult nature with their alternative Christmas show Oh No It Isn’t. Set in the simple studio set up of the B2 ...

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The Christmas Truce – The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Writer: Phil Porter Director: Erica Whyman Reviewer: James Garrington December 1914. The Great War has been under way for four months, and has become bogged down in a stalemate in France and Belgium where men have burrowed into the ground, never daring to raise their heads above the parapet for fear of a sniper’s bullet or an incoming shell. Then ...

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Merlin – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Ella Hickson Music: Jon Nicholls Director: Liam Steel Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty This original play has been co-produced by the Royal and Derngate as part of their Made in Northampton programme. Director Liam Steel, who is responsible for all the musical staging and choreography for the film adaptation of Les Miserables, takes on a classic tale of fantasy, adventure and ...

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The Sound of Music – Curve, Leicester

Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Book: Howard Lindsay &Russel Crouse Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: John Roberts There are lots of changes happening over at the Curve in Leicester, the recent announcement that longstanding Leicester director Paul Kerryson will be leaving the flagship venue in 2015 and will be replaced by critically acclaimed Nikolai Foster is one that the ...

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Sleeping Beauty – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Kenneth Alan Taylor Director: Kenneth Alan Taylor Reviewer:Phil Lowe   In thirty-one years of Nottingham Playhouse presenting the annual pantomime this is only the second time that Sleeping Beauty has been performed. What a fabulous production! It sparkles with light and energy and humour and like the best Panto's should – it sends you home with a huge grin ...

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