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Blink – Studio Theatre, Sheffield

Director: Joe Murphy Author: Phil Porter Designer: Hannah Clark Reviewer: Fiona Hannon Blink. Actually, don’t. It would be a huge mistake to miss even a moment of this sweet, dark, tender production. Blink is warm, funny, sad, clever and totally convincing. Originally premiering in Edinburgh last year, and followed by a successful run at the Soho Theatre in London, this ...

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Dreamboats and Petticoats – Lyceum, Sheffield

Writer: Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Excitement, energy and laughter, Dreamboats and Petticoats is the musical to watch. A smash hit in the West End and now touring. The writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran have cleverly woven a tale of teenage love and angst with a good dose of comedy, around a full ...

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Singin’ In The Rain – Empire Theatre, Sunderland

Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green Music: Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed Director: Jonathan Church Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes After a successful run in the West End, this critically acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production, which received four Olivier Award nominations and played to packed houses, Singin' In The Rain tap dances its way into Sunderland as part of the current national tour. ...

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Moscow City Ballet: The Nutcracker – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Director &Choreographer: Victor Smirnov-Golovanov (after Marius Petipa) Reviewer: Fiona Hannon What better way to clear away the post-Christmas blues than with a warm and sparkling production of The Nutcracker? This perennial Christmas favourite enthralled an audience at Sheffield's Lyceum Theatre on a chilly January evening. This production is part of Moscow City Ballet's 25th anniversary UK ...

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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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