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The Love Of The Nightingale – Bierkeller Bristol

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Director: Miranda Cromwell Reviewer: Kris Hallett After the sugary excesses of the Christmas season trust Bristol Old Vic’s Young Company to start a new year of theatre with something as bracing as Timberlake Wertenbaker’s play The Love Of The Nightingale. Originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1988, its themes of male privilege and issues of consent seems ...

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Crimes Against Christmas – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Feargus Woods Dunlop Director: Craig Sanders Reviewer: Claire Hayes If you’d prefer to hang on to the festive spirit for as long as possible, fighting back against the January gloom, then Crimes Against Christmas, a New Old Friends and Lichfield Garrick co-production, is an intriguing prospect. A good old-fashioned, grown-up antidote to the traditional family pantomime, this new caper ...

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Ernie And The Sea Of Ice – Exeter Phoenix

Written by: Simon Hall and Katie Villa Director: Katie Villa Reviewer: Charlie Hackett Does the idea of sitting through another garish panto this season feel you with dread? Then Quirk Theatre’s Ernie And The Sea Of Ice may be just what you’re looking for. 100 years after Ernest Shackleton’s famous expedition to Antarctica, Ernie and his eccentric crew invite you ...

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Robin Hood – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Director and Choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: David Jobson If you want to see a panto that is traditional, gives all the characters their moment in the limelight and doesn’t have endless childish and double entendre humour, then Robin Hood at the Mayflower isn’t for you. If you're after a panto that has spectacular production values, gives its stars all the ...

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writers: Jonathan Kiley and Alan McHugh Director: Jonathan Kiley Reviewer: Hannah Stamp Pantomime season rolls around once again and no expense has been spared in producing a glittering ensemble of stunning costumes and scenery to bring this fairy tale to life. However, while the production is certainly a feast for the eyes, it fails to produce the same delight for ...

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Aladdin – Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Andrew Ryan with additional material by Anthony Williams, Jon Monie and Michael Gattrell Director: Michael Gattrell Musical Director: Oliver Rew Choreographer: Danielle Drayton Reviewer: Harry Mottram A sparkling finale from a production that is kind-hearted to the core and delivers beautifully choreographed dancing and musical set pieces with the fabulous vocals of Loula Geater as the Slave to the ...

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Robin Hood – Egg, Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer and Director: Greg Banks Music: Thomas Johnson Designer: Hannah Wolfe Choreographer: Naomi Said Reviewer: Harry Mottram Liberation day is coming sing the outlaws in Greg Banks’s urban toned muscular production of Robin Hood. Four modern-day homeless people sit around a fire lit in an old dustbin complaining about their lot before re-telling the story of the Sherwood Forest Medieval ...

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Around The World in 80 Days – Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

Writer: Jules Verne Adaption: Phil Willmott Director: Tim Clayton Reviewer: Harry Mottram Like any long journey, Tim Clayton’s Around the World in 80 Days trundles along with periods of flatness interspersed with moments of high interest. Moments you remember like the circus, the elephant journey and the Parisian nightclub, rather than some of the muddled scene changes in what is inevitably ...

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