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Katherine Jenkins Celebration – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Katherine Jenkins

Conductor: Anthony Inglis Reviewer:  James Garrington Katherine Jenkins must surely be one of Britain’s favourite crossover artists. Since she released her debut album in 2004 she has regularly been at the top of the album charts, and has sung to packed out concert halls around the world – and this Christmas, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall is no exception. This concert has ...

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Dick Whittington – Birmingham Hippodrome

Matt Slack & Andrew Ryan in Dick Whittington 2016

Writers: Michael Harrison and Alan McHugh Director: Michael Harrison Reviewer:  James Garrington It says something about the quality of a pantomime cast when a performer of the calibre of Danielle Hope, who won TV’s Over the Rainbow and starred in the Hippodrome’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, is pushed off the show poster by bigger names – and they’ve certainly pulled ...

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Roy Wood’s Rockmas – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Carol Lovatt Roy Wood is very much on home turf at the Symphony Hall and the fact it was packed to full capacity clearly emphasises just how much this son of Birmingham is still very much appreciated and admired.  With a history spanning over five decades, Roy Wood’s name will be forever associated with the classic of the festive ...

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Christmas with Clare Teal – Town Hall, Birmingham

Clare Teal

Reviewer: James Garrington Christmas music over the last couple of decades seems to be dominated by either Slade and Wizzard, or Mariah Carey and The Pogues. If you want something a bit different, though, you could try Christmas with Clare Teal for an evening of jazzy big band music with a Christmas flavour. Joining Teal is Gary Williams, a well-known ...

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Aladdin – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Chris Nelson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Michelle Collins last appeared in EastEnders in 1998, which would explain some of the confusion on the faces of the under-18s the Waterside theatre's audience every time the Genie of the Ring makes another reference to Albert Square. But that's a rare misstep in Eric Potts's script for Aladdin, which provides ...

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The 39 Steps – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Patrick Barlow from the book by John Buchan Director: Adam Lacey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight John Buchan’s book, The Thirty-Nine Steps was a trailblazer in many ways – Buchan described it as his first “shocker”, in which the events, twists and turns are barely believable, and it set the standard for the “man on the run” plotline. The hero, Richard ...

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Aladdin – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Adam C Booth as Wishee Washee, Ian Adams as Widow Twankey and Stefan Pejic as Abanazar

Writers: Michael Harrison and Alan McHugh Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: Clare White Pantomime wishes have been granted in Wolverhampton this festive session, as the Grand Theatre delivers a magical production. With more glitter, sparkle and silliness than ever before, Aladdin is a fun family spectacle. The story is a jam-packed mash-up of the traditional Arabian adventure, set in both China and Egypt, complete ...

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Dick Whittington – Milton Keynes Theatre

Dick Whittington from Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Russell Labey Reviewer: Maggie Constable It’s behind you! Well, actually it’s not, but yes it’s that time again! Dick Whittington the panto has arrived at Milton Keynes Theatre. Dick Whittington and his trusted feline friend, Tommy, set off on their fun-filled quest for fame and fortune in London where, in a slight retelling of the traditional ...

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