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The Tale of Mr Tod – The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich

Lawrence Russell and Kirsty Thorpe

Writer: Beatrix Potter Adaptor and Director: Joanna Carrick Reviewer: Paul Couch   Her literary canon of 23 children’s books has continued to be a staple of bedroom and nursery 72 years after Beatrix Potter’s death. It is no surprise then that one of Potter’s most complex – and least frothy – books, The Tale of Mr Tod,has attracted the attention ...

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Cinderella – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer: Al Morley and Matt Crosby Musical Director: John Donovan Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Flip Miller   Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the annual visit to the Cambridge Arts Theatre traditional family pantomime. This year sees the welcome return of Cinderella – the original rags to riches to rags story. The story is a tried and tested one. Boy meets ...

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A Better Woman – The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

The cast of A Better Woman at The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

Director: Tilly Vosburgh Writer: Simon Mendes da Costa Reviewer: Dan English   Acclaimed playwright Simon Mendes da Costa brings his new comedy, A Better Woman, to Canterbury's Marlowe Studio, with successful results. Directed by Tilly Vosburgh, da Costa's play, about a middle-aged man's struggle with finding love in the eclectic dating world, is the second homegrown production from the Marlowe ...

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Aladdin -Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Tim Freeman Antony-Stuart Hicks and Dale Superville

Writer: Fine Time Fontayne Director and Writer: Daniel Buckroyd Musical Director: Richard Reeday Reviewer: Michael Gray   You'll believe a mat can fly … Aladdin's magic carpet ride was just one of many delights in this carefully crafted panto, a near-perfect cocktail of glamour, silliness and fairy-tale romance. Under the green-eyed gaze of the dragons rampant either side of the ...

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Aladdin – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Cast promotional picture featuring Genie, Aladdin and Princess

Writer and Director: Simon Aylin Reviewer: Michael Gray   Simon Aylin's snappy Aladdin begins with a prologue set in the Stygian supervillain's lair - the dastardly Abanazar appearing on his throne in a puff of smoke, supported by a team of black-clad avian minions from the excellent juvenile chorus. After that it's a more or less faithful romp through the ...

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Holy Mackerel! – Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich

The Cast of Holy Mackerel!

Writer: Harry Long Director: Tim Bell Reviewer: Paul Couch   Suffolk's leading touring company, Eastern Angles, has a rich history of providing an alternative festive fare to the plethora of pantos whose runs seem to be getting longer and not particularly affiliated to Christmas. Mansfield Park &Ride was riotous, The Mystery of St Finnigan's Elbowhit many a funny bone, The ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

The cast of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: Chris Hannon Director: Karen Simpson Musical Director: Victoria Calver Reviewer: Flip Miller   It’s the beginning of the December so 'technically' that must mean it is nearly Christmas and there can be only one antidote to the miserable weather outside and that is a visit to The Theatre Royal and this year’s pantomime – Jack and the Beanstalk. The ...

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The Sword In The Stone – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

The cast of Sword In The Stone at New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer and Director: Peter Rowe Musical Director: Ben Goddard Reviewer: Glen Pearce   After cycling through its catalogue of seven stories twice, for its 15th Rock ‘n‘ Roll panto, The New Wolsey treads new ground with The Sword In The Stone, though its unlikely Arthurian scholars have ever referred to the ‘once and future King’ who will unite the kingdom ...

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