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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – The Lyceum, Sheffield

Writer and Director: Paul Hendy Musical Director: Francis Goodhand Choreographer: Sarah Langley Reviewer: Janet Jepson The Lyceum Theatre is well-known in the region for pulling out all the stops when it comes to pantomimes, and they just seem to get better and better. On the face of it, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs isn’t really an exciting story and ...

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Aladdin – Grand Opera House, York

Director: Stuart Wade Costume Designer: Rachael Keverne Rath Set Designer: Alan Miller-Bunford Musical Director: Dean McDermot Reviewer: Louise Jones Three Bears Productions promises its first pantomime at the Grand Opera House will be “the biggest pantomime ever to be staged at the theatre”. Going off such a tall order, it’s a little underwhelming when we’re met with what’s quite a ...

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Aladdin – Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Writer: Paul Ferguson Director: Paul Ferguson Musical Arranger: Simon Barnard Choreographer: Alison Hefferon Reviewer: Anna Ambelez   Street urchin Aladdin (Sam Ebenezer) dreams of marrying the love of his life, Princess Jasmine (Charlotte Chinn), but unless he can turn his fortune around, his dream will never come true. Hope appears in the shape of the sorcerer Abanazer (Shane Lynch), who ...

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The Witches – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Roald Dahl Adaptor: David Wood Director: Nikolai Foster Music: Dougal Irvine Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Marking what would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday this year, this latest production of The Witches proves Dahl’s writing has as much relevance and holds just as much mass appeal with modern audiences as when his work was first published. Produced in association with ...

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Cinderella – The Carriageworks, Leeds

Musical Director: Adam Blosse Director: David McNeill Choreographer: Clare Kennedy Reviewer: Janet Jepson The first performance of a pantomime called Cinderella took place at The Theatre Royal in London’s Drury Lane in 1804, but based on the Italian opera La Cenerentola it was a very different version to the one that audiences know and love today. The story has evolved ...

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The Commitments – The Grand, Leeds

brian gilligan and cast the commitments theatre royal glasgow

Writer: Roddy Doyle Music Arranger: Alan Williams Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Choreographer: Ann Yee Reviewer: Sue Collier It is often tempting to compare the outcome of a stage show to a book or film of the same story. It would be somewhat unwise to try to compare this musical stage show to the well received 1991 film The Commitments, in ...

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Strictly Ballroom The Musical – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Sam Lips and Gemma Sutton in Strictly Ballroom at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Writer: Baz Luhrmann &Craig Pearce Music:  Various Director  &Choreographer: Drew McOnie Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Following a successful Australian run, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical is making its UK Première at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.  First produced as a stage play in 1984, it was reimagined for film in 1992, with original Director and Co-Writer Luhrmann also directing. This proved ...

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Dick Whittington – Harrogate Theatre

The Cat Who Cant Talk

Writers: Phil Lowe/David Bown Director: Phil Lowe Musical Director: Nick Lacey Choreographer: David Kar Hing Lee Reviewer: Ron Simpson Pantomime traditionally plays tricks with the gender of the characters, but Harrogate’s gleeful version of Dick Whittington goes further than most. A mixture of tradition and innovation gives us, in addition to the customary Dame,  a splendidly old-style Principal Boy together ...

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