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Nicholas Hytner in Conversation – The Lowry, Salford

Hosted by Gordon Burns Reviewer: Jo Beggs [Rating:4.0] Nick Hytner says he embarked on his tenure at the National Theatre without a long-term strategy. In fact, he says, he never planned on staying this long anyway. We can only be grateful that he has. He’s overseen one of the fastest moving periods in the National’s history, shaping the way this ...

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The Hundred and One Dalmatians – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme

Writer: Dodi Smith Adaptor: Theresa Heskins Music/Lyrics: James Atherton Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Matthew Jackson [Rating:4] The New Vic are seeing spots this year with their production of TheHundred and One Dalmatians, renowned for their Christmas productions they certainly haven’t missed a trick this year with this rare staging of Dodie Smith’s classic. TheHundred and OneDalmatianshas many elements to shake ...

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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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