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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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Mary Poppins – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: P L Travers Book: Julian Fellowes Original Music and Lyrics: Richard M Sherman & Robert B Sherman New Songs and additional music: George Stiles & Andrew Drewe Director: Richard Eyre Reviewer: Emily Garside It’s 10 years (to the day in fact) since Mary Poppins flew into the West End, and out on tour it’s still a ‘Jolly Holiday’ with ...

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The Jungle Book – The Barbican Theatre, Plymouth

Written and devised by: Le Navet Bete and Mark Laville (inspired by the original by Rudyard Kipling) Director: Mark Laville Reviewer: Karen Bussell It’s Jungle Bells and animal magic all the way to a fiery finish in The Barbican Theatre’s panto alternative. Le Navet Bete’s take on the much-loved Jungle Book is the theatre’s sixth Christmas co-production with the Devon ...

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Peter Pan – New Theatre, Cardiff

Adapted by Jonathan Kiley and Alan McHugh (from the original story by J.M. Barrie) Director: Tudor Davies Reviewer: Barbara Michaels This year's panto at the New Theatre is a thrilling, swashbuckling affair as Peter Pan flies into Cardiff. In a show that is full of lavish dance routines and spectacular scenery. J.M.Barrie's classic tale of the boy who never grew ...

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Cinderella – Bristol Hippdrome

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Anthony Houghton Reviewer: Kris Hallett Strawberries and cream at Wimbledon. Rule Britannia at The Last Night Of The Proms. The English football team disappointing at a major football tournament. Yelling he’s behind you in a full theatre over the Christmas season. Some things are quintessentially British and no other theatre ecology in the world embraces the ...

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Beneath The Blizzard – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Writer and Director: Tom Spencer Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts This year's Christmas offering from The Bike Shed Theatre sees the venue team up with award-winning theatre company Fine Chisel, to bring a post-apocalyptic-style festive treat. Devised and performed by Andy Kelly, George Williams and Megan Brooks, Beneath The Blizzard is set 40 years after the onslaught of a life-changing blizzard. Forcing ...

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