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The Snow Queen – Cumbernauld Theatre, Cumbernauld

Writer: Hans Christian Andersen Dramaturg: Roderick Stewart Director: Ed Robson Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The wish for any festive show is that you leave the theatre feeling thoroughly entertained, filled to the brim with Christmas spirit and if you're really lucky, a little bit heart-warmed; Cumbernauld Theatre's glorious production of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen delivers all of this and ...

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Peter Pan – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Director: Ed Curtis Musical Director: Richard Anderson Choreographer: Stillie Dee Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald It’s that time of year again… oh yes it is! Pantomime, as part of the long-standing tradition of variety hits the UK’s theatres once again this Christmas. At The King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, however, it seems Peter Pan simply doesn’t hit the mark. With an experienced principal cast, ...

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Betty Blue Eyes – Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

Book: Ron Cowen &Daniel Lipman Music: George Stiles Lyrics: Anthony Drewe Director: Dougie Irvine Reviewer: Rachel Clark For one week only, in the intimacy of the Chandler Studio Theatre within the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the future faces of musical theatre are treating audiences to their wonderful performances of Betty Blue Eyes. A musical that is both uplifting and sorrowful, ...

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Irving Berlin’s White Christmas – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Book: David Ives &Paul Blake Music &Lyrics: Irving Berlin Director: Andrew Corcoran Choreographer: Randy Skinner Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys If it’s a great big glittery Hallmark card of a show you are after, filled with nostalgia, sentiment and good old-fashioned Christmas spirit then Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre is the show for you. Based upon the 1954 Paramount ...

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Peter Panto and the Incredible Stinkerbell – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Johnny McKnight Director &Designer: Kenny Miller Composer &Musical Director: Ross Brown Reviewer: Rachel Clark Fresh from the success of their production ofBlithe Spiritin Perth, Johnny McKnight and Kenny Miller front the creative team behind this year's Tron theatre pantomime:Peter Panto and the Incredible Stinkerbell; a show of fun, fairies and flatulence. Peter Panto is a boy from Riverland. One ...

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A Christmas Carol – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Director: Andrew Panton Writer: Charles Dickens Adapted by: Neil Duffield Reviewer: Amy Taylor Charles Dickens’ most famous melancholy miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, makes a welcome return to the Scottish stage in Andrew Panton’s new production ofA Christmas Carol. Adapted by Neil Duffield, and featuring a strong cast, is this latest incarnation of Dickens’ 18thcentury allegory the Christmas story that Scotland needs ...

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Pendulums Bargain Emporium, Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Devised and performed by: Bethany Sheldon, Kathryn Lowe, Matt Marks and Morgan Brind Reviewer: Marina Spark [Rating:4] Maison Foo's hugely successful 2010 show Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin combined puppetry, music and a great deal of physicality to produce a touching, memorable performance. Pendulums Bargain Emporium, their newest show is similarly thought-provoking and affecting. Through the use of objects, puppetry, ...

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