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Oliver ! – The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Charles Dickens Book, Music and Lyrics: Lionel Bart Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Not to be missed this festive season is the musical Oliver! by Lionel Bart. This exuberant performance has the audience captivated from the opening scenes, when thirty children raise the roof singing Food Glorious Food. The cruelty of life in a Victorian workhouse is exposed ...

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The Boy Who Cried Wolf – Crucible Lyceum Studio, Sheffield

Writer: Mike Kenny Music: Director: Wendy Harris Movement Director: T C Howard Musical Director: Dominic Sales Reviewer: Jim Gillespie This is a story built on wool and all things woolly, from the sheep who bleat on the hillsides, to the clicking knitting needles of the townsfolk, to the elusive trophy for the best winter jumper. Crocheted bunting bedecks the knitted ...

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Rapunzel – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Mike Kenny Director: Wendy Harris Composer/ MD: Chris Mellor Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Don’t go to the Lawrence Batley Theatre primed with the usual Christmas time ‘He’s behind you!’ Is Rapunzel a pantomime? Oh no it isn’t! Rapunzel is more of a physical theatre play for children and their families. Theatre company Tutti Frutti specialise in story based theatre incorporating ...

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Aladdin – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Jon Conway Director: David Barrow Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes Darlington Civic has a renown reputation for festive family fun and this years offering of Aladdin shows that the their reputation remains intact. Aladdin is classic pantomime, with merriment, mayhem and mirth. Laugh out loud funny with jokes for both young and old alike. Starring The Chuckle Brothers, alias real-life South ...

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Mostly Autumn: The Ghost Moon Orchestra -Grand Opera House, York

Reviewer: Rosie Revell There is something unique but highly impenetrable about the band Mostly Autumn which leaves mixed feelings after viewing a show for the first time. Formed in York back in 1996, the band, despite numerous line- up changes, have carved themselves a niche by dedicating themselves to progressive rock whose heyday was back in the 1970’s. They have ...

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The Jungle Book – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Rudyard Kipling Adaptor: Rosanna Lowe Director: Liam Steel Reviewer: Laura Stimpson West Yorkshire Playhouse is renowned for its family plays at Christmas time which offer a welcome alternative to a pantomime. This year, under the direction of multi award winning Liam Steel, the playhouse brings to the stage Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. On entering the theatre the audience ...

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