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Dinosaur Zoo – Phoenix Theatre, London

Writer &Director: Scott Wright Reviewer: Sonny Waheed [rating:4] Part puppet show, part palaeontology lesson, Dinosaur Zoo is an interactive show that sets out to help kids better understand prehistoric life and bring dinosaurs to life. Director and host of Dinosaur Zoo, Scott Wright, is an Australian palaeontologist with a more than obvious passion for his subject and a wonderful knack ...

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Ernest – Etcetera Theatre, London

Composer: Phil Jacobs, from the original play by Oscar Wilde Director: Pamela Schermann Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3] Musical adaptations of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest actually have a strong pedigree as a rather smashing version played at the Riverside Studios a couple of years ago but it is now the turn of Phil Jacobs to have his own ...

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Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – Polka Theatre, London

Writer: Simon Reade, based on the novel by Lewis Carroll Director: Rosamunde Hutt Reviewer: Christopher Hong [rating:2] Sometimes, producing a faithful adaptation may not be the best policy. It is especially challenging for the writer Simon Reade to adapt a book filled with a series of episodic scenes without a narrator. The action can get confusing quickly even for a ...

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Changing Rooms – Drayton Theatre, London

Writer: Marc Camoletti Director: Anna Ostergren Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:3] No, the BBC is not reviving its property makeover show for a live tour, but all doubts as to what to expect here are removed as soon as the set for this production comes into sight. Three large doors at the back of the stage can mean only one thing ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Lyric Hammersmith, London

Writer: Tom Wells Director: Dan Herd Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3.5] As panto season goes full steam ahead, it is the Lyric Hammersmith who make the early running in London with a new version of Jack and the Beanstalk by playwright du jour Tom Wells, who takes over writing duties from Joel Horwood and Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. The pair have established ...

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Expectations – Pleasance Theatre, Islington

Writer: Emma Deakin Director: Stella Duffy Reviewer: Jon Cooper [rating:3] Expectations kicks off with waves of smoke covering the stage and front rows of the audience. It's a fitting introduction to a play which floats back and forth between dramatic scenes of real life pain and fantastical clips of an extravagant game show. The play may get a little confused, ...

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Sherlock Holmes 10 Minute Plays – Kings Head Theatre, Islington

Writer: John DeGaetano Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty [rating:2.5] It's exciting for everyone over the age of 5 to stay up late. It usually means a treat like fireworks at Halloween when you're younger or a bit of a special event when you grow up a little. This series of shorts of Sherlock Holmes are relatively pleasant, but to call them a ...

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Die Fledermaus – English National Opera at the Coliseum, London

Composer: Johann Strauss II Director: Christopher Alden Reviewer: Harry Stern Die Fledermaus isn’t a profound piece of writing. The secret of its enduring popularity must, logically, lie in its levity. It is, in fact, the lightest of light operettas. Not so in Christopher Alden’s leaden hands, which weigh this piece of fin de siècle flimsy down to the point where ...

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