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Little Shop of Horrors – Kings Arms Theatre, Salford

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics and Book: Howard Ashman Director: James Baker Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:4.5] Following their critically acclaimed production of ‘Spring Awakening’ earlier this year, Assembled Junk Productions continue to put their unique stamp on the north west Fringe theatre scene with an ambitious performance of cult musical Little Shop of Horrors. While working at Mushnik’s Flower Shop on ...

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The Wright Night – Lass O’Gowrie, Manchester

Writers - Alastair Michael (Boot Sale), Piers Black-Hawkins (The Box, Enveloped in Velvet) Directors - Emma Colledge (Boot Sale) Claire O’Neill, Piers Black-Hawkins (The Box, Enveloped in Velvet) Reviewer: Jessie Cohen [Rating: 3.5] At the fringes of Manchester’s theatre-turned-panto-land, Ransack - a theatre company formed by graduates - launched their first production, The Write Night, in the upstairs of an ...

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Aladdin – The Liverpool Playhouse

Writers: Sarah A Nixon &Mark Chatterton Director: Mark Chatterton Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace [rating:4.5] Panto is well and truly alive and kicking in Liverpool this festive season. Both the Epstein Theatre and Empire are staging traditional star studded affairs but for a real treat why not head to the Playhouse to see the brilliantly unusual rock ‘n’ roll panto production of ...

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The Pied Piper – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Kevin Dyer Music/Lyrics: Patrick Dineen Director: Nina Hakiyianni Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin [Rating:3.5] Children, today's lesson is – don't rat on a musician.The Unity Theatre and Action Transport Theatre's production mixes morality with magic and mirth to fire the imaginations of youngsters and sow the seed for a love of the stage. From his first appearance as The Piper, James ...

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Wanted! Robin Hood – Library Theatre Company at The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Charles Way Director: Amy Leach Reviewer: Luke Walker [rating:4] With two adaptations of the Robin Hood fable on the table in the north-west this Christmas (in Salford and Bolton), Charles Way's brand new script is most definitely wanted! Following the success of last year's acclaimed Arabian Nights, Amy Leach is once again at the helm of the Library Theatre's ...

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Robin Hood – The Octagon, Bolton

Writer: Morgan Lloyd Malcolm Composer and Musical Director: Barbara Hockaday Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:3.5] The Octagon has an enviable reputation for staging festive productions that are a bracing change from the usual bland pantos. This year, however, you can’t help but wish they had retained a few of the traditional elements such as a simple villain you ...

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