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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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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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