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Dickens Abridged – Arts Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Adam Long Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:4] The news that a co-founder of the Reduced Shakespeare Company would be turning his attentions towards another of Britain’s literary giants has created great curiosity and high expectations. If Adam Long could whisk us through the Bard’s complete works in a couple of hours, the canon of Charles Dickens should present ...

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Movies and Musicals – Apollo Victoria, London

Reviewer: Fran Beaton [rating:4.5] What a delightful way to spend an evening. Movies and Musicals at the Apollo Victoria theatre sees some of the biggest names in musical theatre take to the stage alongside the LGS orchestra and the West End gospel choir, charging through classics from Les Miserables, Phantom, and Rent as well as movie classics such as the ...

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Dick Comes Again! Bigger, Longer, Harder – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Writer: Stuart Saint Director: Stuart Saint Reviewer: Alex Ramon [rating:3.5] A journey to the enticing land of S’Hoho (and beyond). A filthy-minded Dame (and sex club proprietress) named Sofonda Cox. A hero who’s “a dick by name and a dick by nature.” Yes, sure enough, boys and girls: it’s adult pantomime time once again at Leicester Square Theatre. A hit ...

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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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