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Jack Off the Beanstalk, Above the Stag Theatre, London

Writers: Jon Bradfield &Martin Hooper Director: Andrew Beckett Reviewer: Sonny Waheed [rating:4] With the festive season now in full swing, it’s not just the kids who can enjoy the tom-foolery that pantomime brings to the stage. Adults can get their share of fun too, especially with this ‘adult only’ take on Jack and the beanstalk. The action takes place in ...

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Pilates of the Caribbean – Battersea Barge, London

Writer: Paul L Martin Director: Paul L Martin Reviewer: T.L. Wiswell [rating:3] Stick a bunch of cabaret performers in striped shirts and bad wigs, put them on a boat, give them a script sketched on a napkin and a roomful of friendly drunks as an audience … and that would be Pilates of the Caribbean at the Battersea Barge. Conceptually ...

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Seussical the Musical – Arts Theatre, London

Music: Stephen Flaherty Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens Book: Stephen Flaherty + Lynn Ahrens Co-conceived by: Eric Idle Director: Kirk Jameson Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3] Much of the charm of many festive shows comes from their innate familiarity – childhood pantomimes, the ever-present Dickens, the ageless music of The Nutcracker – but in an increasingly global cultural world, other shows are attempting ...

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Cinderella – Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Writer: Andrew Ryan Director: Alison Pollard Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:4] Cinderella at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley ticks all the right boxes for a fun filled family trip to Theatreland this Christmas. As usual with UK Productions pantomimes the fine balance of talent and celebrity is weighed up perfectly to ring out the laughter, the cheers and the boos and provides ...

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The Snow Gorilla – Rose Theatre, Kingston

Book: Tudor Davies Music &Lyrics: Jake Brunger &Pippa Cleary Director: Roger Hannah Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:2] On paper and in concept The Snow Gorilla had it all, the promise of an epic tale of friendship between a young runaway who joins a failing Spanish circus, befriends a talking Snow Gorilla (Voiced by Brian Blesses) and falls in love with the ...

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Operation Crucible – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Kieran Knowles Director: Bryony Shanahan Reviewer: Jon Wainwright [rating:4] Surrounded by hills, "Sheffield sits in the centre of a basin," says Tommy. "It's not hard to see why the crucible was invented here," says Bob. Arthur talks about "a pride that comes over us about this city" — the pride of all Yorkshire — and even Phil, the Scottish ...

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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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