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Dreaming of a Barry White Christmas – Echo Arena, Liverpool

Writer/Director: Dave Kirby Reviewer: Stephanie Rowe [Rating:3] Dave Kirby has a strong reputation of creating laugh out loud productions in Liverpool with many of his shows receiving their premieres at The Royal Court, however this year he was unable to find a theatre to mount his production of Dreaming of a Barry White Christmas and instead found himself mounting this ...

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Peter Pan – Liverpool Empire

Writer: J.M. Barrie Adaptor: Eric Potts Director: Jane Joseph Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:4] As pantomimes go Peter Pan, doesn’t naturally lend itself to the genre, however this years production at the Liverpool Empire is a beast of a production, it has all the glitz, gags, and energy to make any shortcomings you may have fall to the kerb. Sticking pretty ...

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The Big Reunion Christmas Party – The Phones 4 U Arena, Manchester

Reviewer: Matt Yeoman [Rating: 5] Anybody who was enthralled in the ITV2 series will have found The Big Reunion Christmas Party a party not to have missed! The series brought together famous pop acts from the 90’s /early 00’s and reunited them for a series of concerts and a fantastic TV series. The live stage version did not disappoint. Performing ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Floral Pavilion, New Brighton

Writer: Andrew Ryan Director: Scott Ritchie Reviewer: Helen Patrick [Rating:2.5] Jack and the Beanstalk has all the elements needed to make for a good pantomime; up to date pop references, man in drag, local/TV celebrities, a good wholesome fairytale, song sheet, a messy scene (sort of), a ghost bench, and with all that the show should be a sterling success, ...

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Writer/Director: Lee Kelly Reviewer: Grace Galloway [Rating:2] For the second year on the run, LHK productions have graced the Epstein Theatre’s stage to bring the public what should be a magical, show-stopping performance. However the company seem to make the telling of Snow White appear difficult and clunky. Snow White tells the story of a young girl, hated by her ...

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For One Night Only – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writers: Graham Hicks and Aiden Brooks Music: Patrick Dineen Director: Alan Richardson Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin [Rating:4] For One Night Only is for adults what panto is for families – an excuse to be silly, even though the jokes from this brash duo are as unsubtle and wishy-washy as Aladdin’s mum, it's strictly for grown- ups.Hosts of The Sunshine Club Bernie ...

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West Side Story – The Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book: Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director/Choreographer: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Laura Orton [rating:4.5] Set on the downtrodden streets of New York in the 1950's, West Side Story is the much loved musical adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo &Juliet. It is widely known as one of the all time greats of the theatre, and with good reason. In ...

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That Day We Sang – Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Victoria Wood Director: Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: Matthew Nichols [Rating:5] Having first encountered Victoria Wood’s nostalgic comedy drama two years ago at the Manchester International Festival. On a baking hot afternoon, and with an acid hangover (me, not the afternoon), it was the equivalent of collapsing in front of high quality Sunday night TV. Two years on, with some tweaking, ...

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