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Beauty and the Beast – The Grange Theatre, Hartford

Writer: Daniel Bell Director: Oliver Scott Reviewer: John Roberts The Grange Theatre in Hartford is on their third pantomime producer in as many years and this year's production is produced by KD Theatre Productions. KD is no stranger to producing pantomime and their production of Beauty and the Beast, while not perfect, certainly shows more heart and soul than many ...

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Snow White – Southport Theatre

Writer: Iain Lauchlan Director: David Janson Reviewer: John Roberts Steve and Sarah Boden of Imagine Theatre state in the show's programme that they have a team of creatives and musicians who “understand what audiences want from their pantomimes and are able to provide some of the slickest, funniest and most spectacular shows you will see anywhere in the UK” - ...

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Sweet Charity – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Book: Neil Simon Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Dorothy Fields Director: Derek Bond Reviewer: Tate James This musical theatre comedy makes a sweet Christmas treat at the Royal Exchange. When Sweet Charity burst onto the Broadway Stage in the 60s, it encapsulated the spirit of the decade and, 50 years later, it still charms and delights as we follow our happy-go-lucky ...

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Marcus Brigstocke: Why the Long Face? – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jim Gillespie The Lowry’s Quay’s Theatre provides the final venue of a 55 date tour for Marcus Brigstocke’s Why the Long Face? tour.  It gives Brigstocke the last chance to fill his boots with a series of diatribes against the stupidities which have hallmarked 2016 for him as ‘the shittiest year in human history’. After the death of David ...

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Aladdin: The Wok and Roll Panto – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Nicola Martinus-Smith and Josh Tye in Aladdin – The Wok 'n' Roll Panto at Theatr Clwyd, Mold. Photo: Brian Roberts

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Mel Duncan A panto is a Christmas staple – a treat bringing families together, and a brilliant way to get into the festive spirit.  The Rock and Roll panto at Theatr Clwyd has established itself firmly in the North West and North Walian calendar as a family friendly must see – the question ...

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Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Action Transport & Unity present Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf

Writer: Kevin Dyer Composer: Patrick Dineen Director: Nina Hajiyianni Reviewer: Tate James This festive family offering is a treat from the minute we enter the woods until we leave at the end, humming the tunes. The Unity Theatre is transformed into a dark and mysterious forest direct from the pages of a storybook in a witty and intelligent production that ...

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Cara Dillon: Upon a Winter’s Night – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham  Christmas records tend to be novelty items intended to cash in on festive sentiment rather than creating an artistically valid product. But if anyone can challenge the cynical trend it must be Cara Dillon; an artist so principled she often sings only in Gaelic. As the concert at The Lowry makes clear Upon a Winter’s Night is by ...

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Scouse of the Rising Sun – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: Kevin Fearon Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: John Roberts Regular lead in the Royal Court's Christmas show Michael Starke has jumped ship to the Playhouse Theatre to take the lead in new musical hall inspired show The Star and it would appear he is not the only one taking a break from the festivities this year – the critically acclaimed ...

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