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The Snow Queen – St Mary’s Centre, Chester

Writer: Hans Christian Andersen Adaptor/Director: Russ Tunney Composer: Matt Baker Reviewer: Paul Bannister [Rating:3] “There is a greater bond than blood…………that is love” So doesThe Snow Queenleave you loving it, or leave your blood pressure so high you want to leave? Theatre in the Quarter presentThe Snow Queen this Christmas, a tale adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s original and brings ...

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Mother’s Ruin : December – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Jo Beggs [Rating:3.5] The institution that is Mother’s Ruin, now a well established part of Contact’s regular programme, is always an eclectic mix both in terms of acts and quality, and December’s offering is no exception. As usual, there’s a big crowd, squeezed into Contact’s foyer space, enthusiastically keeping the bar staff busy and revved up for a good ...

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Christmas in New York – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Reviewer: Gari Davies [Rating:4] It's December, the Christmas tree has just gone up, mince pies have been made, presents bought and hastily wrapped, and finally, the time comes when you can relax and start to enjoy the festive season. For many families, this can come in the form of a panto (oh yes it can!), though for those who the ...

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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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