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Sleeping Beauty – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Writer: Michael Harrison Director: Jonny Bowles Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The Grand’s production of Sleeping Beauty has to be one of the glitziest and most sparkling around. Of all the traditional panto stories, Sleeping Beauty is perhaps the thinnest in terms of plot, although it does have the required good and bad magic, a prince and princess and the princess’s loyal ...

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Sleeping Beauty – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Writer: Jon Conway Director: Sam Kane Reviewer: Sue Dixon The ingredients of a traditional pantomime have surely got to include a recognisable plot, songs to lift the spirits, jokes to groan at and a sense of involvement - i.e. audience participation of the rowdy kind. Husband and wife team Linda Lusardi and Sam Kane along with a talented cast bring ...

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Snow White, The Pantomime – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Warwick Davis Reviewer: Maggie Constable It’s behind you!!!!! Well it’s not actually but Milton Keynes Theatre this year, they say, has made your dreams come true as you will discover when you come to Snow White, The Pantomime. The story is pretty well known - a young and beautiful princess, Snow White, finds herself cast into ...

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Miracle on 34th Street The Musical – New Theatre, Oxford

Book, Music &Lyrcis: Meredith Willson Director: Nicola Samer Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer The original Miracle on 34th Street was a 1947 film, written by playwright Valentine Davies who came up with the idea while waiting in a queue at a department store just before Christmas. In 1963 Meredith Wilson, who had had a previous hit with The Music Man, created the ...

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Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical – The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Book, Music and Lyrics – Meredith Willson Director: Nicola Samer Reviewer: James Garrington If someone looks like Santa, sounds like Santa and acts like Santa, does that mean he is Santa Miracle on 34th Street tells a story of such a question. Disillusioned and single after her husband left her, Macy’s executive Doris Walker has tried hard to protect her ...

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Rent – The Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jonathan Larson Director: Karl Steele Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The Old Joint Stock Musical Theatre Company is an amateur company formed in 2011 and based in the intimate fringe theatre at Birmingham’s grand Old Joint Stock pub and theatre. Over the last couple of years they have produced a number of concerts of songs from the shows; ...

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Chicago – Curve, Leicester

Writers: Kander and Ebb Director: Paul Kerryson Musical Director: Ben Atkinson Reviewer: Phil Lowe In 1975 the iconic, dark and edgy, sexy musical Chicago (based on the play Chicago by Maurine Dallas Watkins) was originally named Chicago - a vaudeville revue. The original creative team of John Kander &Fred Ebb (famous for the musical Cabaret and forty years of musical ...

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