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Mira Calix: The Aleph Project –The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest It would be fair to say that Mira Calix has had a career that most could only dream of. She is an award winning composer, musician and live performer. This über talented artist has toured with the likes of Radiohead and Boards of Canada, and in addition Calix has commissions from the London Sinfoniette, The Royal Shakespeare ...

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Jersey Boys – Empire Theatre Liverpool

Music: Bob Gaudio Lyric: Bob Crewe Book: Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice Director: Des McAnuff Reviewer: Daryl Holden In this day and age, there are so many different tastes for the theatre that it’s rare to find something that builds up a true following by almost everyone. Even rarer then, is to find something that lives up to said hype. ...

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Stiwt Theatre, Rhosllanerchrugog 

Writer: Michael Chapman Director: Michael Jenkins Reviewer: Victoria Field Every year the Stiwt Theatre panto seems to be more magical than the year before – and 2017's offering of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is no exception. LHK Productions' take on Snow White stays true to the Disney plotline we all know and love but with a fresh and ...

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Treasure Island – The New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Robert Louis Stevenson Adaptor and director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Artistic director Theresa Heskins writes in her programme notes that after consultation with focus groups of children as to what should be on their stage at Christmas the overwhelming consensus involved pirates, treasure and fights. And so, bowing to popular opinion, Treasure Island is in full production as ...

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Cinderella – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: John Roberts The Empire Theatre’s annual pantomime may have undergone a change of producer, but that doesn’t mean the largest Christmas show in Merseyside has lost any of its glimmer and shine, in fact this year’s offering of Cinderella starring Duncan James (Prince Charming) and Jodie Prenger (Fairy Godmother) still provides a winning ...

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Hot Brown Honey –  Home, Manchester

Director Lisa Fa’alafi Reviewer: Matt Forrest If you fancy something a little different this festive season: a show with plenty of attitude and sass then Hot Brown Honey is the show for you.  This is a variety show for the 21st century which attempts to tackle some of the major issues of the day: such as race and inequality head-on. ...

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Cinderella – Forum Theatre. Chester

Writer:  Peter Swingler: Director: Steve Davies Reviewer: Emma Boswell Set to the perfect snowy backdrop of Chester, Tip Top Productions’ Cinderella pantomime arrives in the Forum Theatre this week. It’s wonderful to see the traditional Christmas panto still thriving in 2017 and this production ticks all the boxes.  The script, written by Peter Swingler OBE is energetic, topical and most ...

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The Siege of Christmas – Contact, Manchester

Director: Alan Lane Reviewer: Andrea Allen Bad news everyone. The spirit of Christmas has been cancelled and the audience has been barricaded outside of Contact by a team of militant mince pies. This is The Siege of Christmas, and you’d better be wearing comfy shoes, because you’re the crack team who’s been tasked with finding the spirit of Christmas trapped ...

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