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Hansel & Gretel – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Peter Basham as Hansel and Elinor Lawless as Gretel

Writer: Mike Kenny Director: Henry Bell Designer: Lucy Weller Reviewer: Ron Simpson Mike Kenny is an expert at approaching children’s stories from an unusual angle, telling them from an oblique viewpoint, often that of invented characters who play a rôle in the traditional story. In this respect his version of Hansel &Gretel is less original than many of his other ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Billy Pearce, Lisa Reilly, Jake Canuso and Adam Stafford in Jack & the Beanstalk. Photo: Nigel Hillier

Writer: Michael Harrison and Alan McHugh Music: James McCullagh Lyrics: Beth Eden Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Sue Collier Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre is as alive as a theatre could be. A vocally strong children’s choir and a wonderful Santa welcome the audience. There is a charming sense of excited expectation as the audience clutched their 3D glasses and activity filled programmes. ...

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Snow White – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Sophie Postlewaite as Canary and Francesca Dunford as Snow White

Writers: Natasha Holmes, Eleanor Hooper Director: Natasha Holmes Designers &Makers: Eleanor Hooper, Peter Gunson Reviewer: Ron Simpson Tell Tale Hearts’ production of Snow White at the Lawrence Batley Theatre certainly doesn’t lack ambition or imagination, but it is debatable how far the different elements fit together to make an ideal Christmas entertainment. The most striking feature is the collaboration with ...

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Snow White – Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Faye Tozer as the Wicked Queen in Snow White

Writer/Director: Paul Ferguson Musical director: Simon Barnard Choreographer: Alison Heffron Reviewer: Louise Sharp Blue Genie Entertainment returns to Whitley Bay Playhouse for a seventh year with a magical production of Snow White. The show opens with a projected animated storybook featuring many Pantomime favourites and the curtain lifts to a chorus of song and dance. Snow White (Charlotte Chinn) takes ...

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Sleeping Beauty – CAST, Doncaster

Esther-Grace Button as Fairy Nightshade in Sleeping Beauty at CAST

Director: Kully Thiarai Writers: Matthew Bugg and Tobias Oliver Reviewer: Andrew White   It’s that time of year again for theatres all over the land to switch into Panto mode (Oh, yes it is!) and Doncaster’s CAST is no exception. In fact, the CAST Pantomime is something of a tradition – even if this is only the venue‘s third one. ...

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Andy Hockley as Grandpa Potts centre and The Cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Writer: Ian Fleming Music &Lyrics: Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman Director: James Brining Choreographer: Stephen Mear Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood On arrival to the West Yorkshire Playhouse, themed decorations and props hint that something big is about to happen, and they would be right. Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is the theatre’s biggest ever Christmas show. Fleming’s story, ...

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Sleeping Beauty – Hull Truck Theatre

Telling Tales - cast members including Annabel Betts, centre in Sleeping Beauty

Writer: Mike Kenny Director: Mark Babych Composer/MD: James Frewer Set/Lighting Designer: Ciaran Bagnall Reviewer: Ron Simpson Hull Truck Theatre has certainly pulled out all the stops with Sleeping Beauty. From the party atmosphere in the foyers, the cast members roaming the audience before the start, to the colourful set designed and beautifully lit by Ciaran Bagnall, the audience is left ...

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Aladdin – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Chris Gascoyne as Abanazar

Writer / Director: Paul Hendy Musical Director: Rob Eckland Choreographer: Sarah Langley Reviewer: Janet Jepson The pantomime season is here again and this year’s production at Sheffield's Lyceum does not disappoint. Aladdin has glamour and glitter, sparkle and splendour, singalongs, shouting and, of course, the customary baddie alongside a man in a dress. How much more magic could anyone ask ...

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