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Cinderella – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer/Directoe: Simon Aylin Reviewer: Michael Gray This fast and furious family panto is focused on giving everyone a good night out, and especially on drawing the kids in the audience into the action. So Simon Aylin's offering this year has Kerris Peeling as a no-nonsense Fairy Godmother – Go-Mo to her fairy-friendly chums – who enlists our aid in getting ...

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Sleeping Beauty – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Jonathan Petherbridge Composer: Richard Reeday Director: Tony Casement Reviewer: Michael Gray Among the C-listers and the pop charts, the cruise-ship choreography and the desperate decibels that often fill pantoland, it's a real pleasure to sit back and enjoy this charmingly original re-working of the Sleeping Beauty story, originally written by Jonathan Petherbridge for London Bubble Theatre, and directed for ...

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The Brontës of Dunwich Heath… and Cliff – Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich

Writers: Ivan Cutting and Eileen Ryan Director: Ivan Cutting Reviewer: Glen Pearce Eastern Angles’ Christmas shows have a long history of lampooning literary greats. Jane Mansfield and Charles Dickens just two recent victims. For 2013 the company turn their eyes towards Yorkshire and the Brontës, inventing Suffolk cousins for the literary sisters. Replacing the desolate North Yorkshire moors with the ...

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Punk Rock – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Laura Norman Reviewer: Paul Couch The best years of our lives? Don’t bank on it. As the New Wolsey Young Company rolls out its next generation of acting talent, Simon Stephens’ uncompromising Punk Rock is an ideal vehicle with which to showcase its skills. First staged in 2009, Punk Rocklacks the flippant charm of Alan Bennett'sHistory ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer and Director: Paul Hendy Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree Oh no! The legendary Marlowe Theatre Ghost-Gag Bench has been stolen! Well, thank goodness it’s panto season again and Jack Trot alongside Billy Trott and Dame Trott can rescue one bench, one break-dancing cow and … oh yes, one princess … from the evil clutches of Dr Hefferflumphenstein, some rather freaky zombies, ...

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Dick Whittington – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Nicholas Pegg Music and Lyrics: Carol Sloman Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Michael Gray The Queen's have been busy celebrating their diamond jubilee this year. They remain, at heart, a traditional repertory house, with familiar faces pulling together in the make-or-break end-of-year panto. So Simon Jessop is Dame again in Dick Whittington; since he last glammed up he's been Ray ...

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Aladdin – Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds

Writer: Daniel O’Brien Director: Tim Welton Musical Director: Phil Gostelow Reviewer: Glen Pearce The Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds pantomime is always a traditional affair, matching its historical splendour. There’s no C-list soap stars here and no gimmickry, just all the elements of a classic pantomime that have thrilled generations of theatre goers. All’s not well in Peking. The late ...

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