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Snow White – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Jane Joseph Reviewer: John Roberts With Snow White, Jane Joseph has found a magical mix of music and merriment to bring the massive Empire Theatre alive this Christmas. It might not be as fast paced as last year's production of Dick Whittington, but it certainly strikes gold. Snow White may not be full of the biggest ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Charter Theatre, Preston

Writer/Director: Phil Walker Reviewer: John Roberts Jack and the Beanstalk is only the second in-house production for the Charter Theatre following the success of last year's Sleeping Beauty. The theatre has once again brought comedian Phil Walker back to write, direct and star in this year's pantomime. If it all sounds a little “write the theme tune, sing the theme tune” ...

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Rich Hall: Hoedown 2016 – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs There are not many comedians who’d commit to a run of four nights at the Lowry, a couple of weeks before Christmas. But Rich Hall has a truly dedicated and ever increasing fan base that seems to make it possible. With every new TV or radio comedy series, documentary or panel show appearance, Hall’s sardonic wit and ...

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Aladdin – Lyceum Theatre, Crewe

Writer: Jonathan Kiley and Alan McHugh Director: David Fleeshman Reviewer: John Roberts After the stunning success of last year's pantomime, Cinderella, the Lyceum Theatre was always going to struggle to find a production to match or even better its brilliant blend of storytelling and sensational cast. Being truly honest, this year's offering of Aladdin, while very enjoyable, lacks the punch and energy ...

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Justin Moorhouse: People and Feelings – The Lowry, Salford

Justin Moorhouse compares Fast Fringe at GM Fringe

Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen Manchester comedian and actor Justin Moorhouse is back on the road again with his latest stand-up tour People and Feelings - his most recent pitstop landing him on home ground at The Lowry, in Salford. As always, Moorhouse ensures there are no barriers in his material and stays true to the Northern comedy stereotype of being brash, bold ...

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Beauty and the Beast – The Grange Theatre, Hartford

Writer: Daniel Bell Director: Oliver Scott Reviewer: John Roberts The Grange Theatre in Hartford is on their third pantomime producer in as many years and this year's production is produced by KD Theatre Productions. KD is no stranger to producing pantomime and their production of Beauty and the Beast, while not perfect, certainly shows more heart and soul than many ...

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Snow White – Southport Theatre

Writer: Iain Lauchlan Director: David Janson Reviewer: John Roberts Steve and Sarah Boden of Imagine Theatre state in the show's programme that they have a team of creatives and musicians who “understand what audiences want from their pantomimes and are able to provide some of the slickest, funniest and most spectacular shows you will see anywhere in the UK” - ...

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Sweet Charity – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Book: Neil Simon Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Dorothy Fields Director: Derek Bond Reviewer: Tate James This musical theatre comedy makes a sweet Christmas treat at the Royal Exchange. When Sweet Charity burst onto the Broadway Stage in the 60s, it encapsulated the spirit of the decade and, 50 years later, it still charms and delights as we follow our happy-go-lucky ...

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