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Gizmo Love’ and ‘Three Little Birds’ – New Diorama Theatre, London

Writer: John Kolvenbach, Ffion Jones Director: Sam Carrack, Suzy Catliff Reviewer: Andy Moseley [rating:4] For anyone old enough to remember going to the cinema and seeing a supporting feature before the main film, AllthePigs deliver the theatrical equivalent at New Diorama, as the main feature is preceded each night by the debut play from one of three young writers. The ...

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Puss in Boots – Hackney Empire, London

Writer: Susie McKenna Director: Susie McKenna Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3.5] Though its position at other times of the year may seem a little precarious, Susie McKenna has built up the Hackney Empire into one of the must-see venues for pantomime in London, drawing in families from far and wide to their revitalised yet still classic take on all the old ...

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Season’s Greetings – Union Theatre, London

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Michael Strassen Reviewer: Robert Cottingham [rating:3] Christmas Eve, 1980. All is abuzz in the house of Neville and Belinda Bunker. Drinks are poured, the Christmas tree is lit, the presents are wrapped. We are in deepest suburbia, the same milieu of Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party, and a similar time frame, but the tone of Ayckbourn’s play ...

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Sinderfella – The Green Carnation, London

Writer: Simon Gross Director: Simon Gross Reviewer: Christopher Hong [rating:4] Jokes on balls, nuts, and 69 or rather 68 with a cast of six men in the show Sinderfella, it can only be a pantomime, an adult pantomime to be precise. The show comes with the warning: “not suitable for children, faint-hearted and persons of a prudish nature” just to ...

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The Seagull – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov Director Sebastian Blanc Reviewer Alison Lewin [rating:2.5] "I am in mourning for my life" declares Masha. Which unfortunately, absolutely set the tone for the next 2 hours of this production of The Seagull. Director Sebastian Blanc takes us on a rather dark and depressing journey through the script without realising any of the light and shade or ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Park Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Andrew Shepherd Reviewer: Fran Beaton [rating:4] Apprehension probably would best describe the mood going into the Park theatre on a cold December evening. Apprehension because we had been forewarned that this interpretation of the Shakespearean comedy was to be set in the 1940s celebrating the return of ‘the boys’. Modern reinterpretations of Shakespeare so often miss ...

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Hansel and Gretel – The Bussey Building, London

Director: Richard Pyros Musical Director: Nicola Rose Reviewer: Carrie Carter [rating:4] In a year in which I’ve seen numerous productions which claim to be classed under the immersive theatre banner, few have charmed as much as Opera in Space’s production of Hansel and Gretel. Set over three floors of the atmospheric Bussey Building in Peckham, this is a fairytale with ...

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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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