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The Nutcracker – Chichester Festival Theatre

Music: Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky Director: Lyudmila Nerubaschenko Conductor: Igor Shavruk Choreography: Victor Smirnov-Golovanov Reviewer: Bill Avenell There is something magical about the phrase ‘going to the ballet’ and, by and large, the Moscow City  Ballet (MCB) does its bit to maintain that reputation in the 2017 tour that commences at Chichester Festival Theatre. Firmly in the classical Russian School, the MCB ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer and Director: Richard Gauntlett Musical Director: David Carter Choreographer: Dee Jago Reviewer: Lu Greer Fee fi fo fum - the laughs at the Norwich Theatre Royal have begun. Richard Gauntlett has returned to the theatre once again with a new panto full of giant dresses, day glow sets, and jokes that skip along the line between hilarious and terrible. While the ...

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Aladdin – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Jamie Smith Director: Gerry Tebbutt Musical Director: Bryan Hodgson Choreographer: Jill Francis Reviewer: Bill Avenell One of the joys of going to Guildford for our annual dose of ‘Oh no he isn’t’ and ‘Look behind you’ is that we know exactly what you are going to get and don’t have to worry about whether you have seen the relevant ...

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Jonny Bowles Reviewer: Dan English Seasoned entertainer Joe Pasquale returns for yet another seasonal offering in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs the pantomime at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre. As the loveably hapless Muddles, Pasquale leads a delightful cast across the highly enjoyable production, marking the beginning of the festive period. The production continues the trend at ...

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Hedda Gabler – National Theatre, London

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Hedda Gabler is one of theatre’s foremost roles for women. The part is so complex and internalised that it is often compared to Hamlet, and for many female actors attempting it remains a mark of their seriousness as a performer. Hedda’s fascination lies in the many interpretations that the role ...

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Beauty & The Beast – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: Chris Hannon Musical Director: Ward Baker Director: Karen Simpson Reviewer: Flip Miller Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the annual visit to a traditional family pantomime and, this year, it’s the turn of Beauty & The Beast at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. The story has the classic threads that we all know and love.  The mysterious Beast, the ...

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Stoat Hall – Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich

Writers: Julian Harries and Pat Whymark Director: Pat Whymark Musical Director: Pat Whymark Reviewer: Michael Gray Toad Hall? Wolf Hall? The inspiration behind this bit of harmless fun is mostly Mantel – a Tudor rose projected onto the boards, Thomas Crudwell given a brief mention - but the Bard is in the mix too, together with Adele and Geoffrey Chaucer. ...

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Treasure Island – Avenue Theatre, Ipswich

Writer & Director: Joanna Carrick (Source material: Robert Louis Stevenson) Reviewer: Paul Pearce-Couch When Robert Louis Stevenson started writing Treasure Island in 1881, it was a boys’ own adventure tale for children of the well-to-do but, as usual, Red Rose Chain takes it and creates something quite surreal. While Joanna Carrick has kept with Stevenson’s original plot, the story is ...

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