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Sleeping Beauty– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer and Director: Richard Gauntlett Reviewer: Lu Greer The tree lights are twinkling, presents are being wrapped, and there's still no sign of snow. This can only mean two things: Christmas is coming and Richard Gauntlett has got a giant multi-coloured dress on again. The Theatre Royal Norwich panto is once again written and directed by Gauntlett, with him also taking on ...

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Peter Pan – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: J M Barrie Adaptor: Richard Gauntlett Director: Richard Gauntlett Musical Director: David Carter Reviewer: Glen Pearce   To paraphrase J M Barrie’s most famous creation, panto should be an awfully big adventure and, in Norwich Theatre Royal’s Peter Pan, they have created an action-packed adventure for all the family. Peter Pan offers arguably one of the strongest dramatic narrative ...

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Ha Ha Hood! and the Prince of Leaves – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Ben Langley Directors: Ben Langley and Jamie Wilson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Most people will know the story of Robin Hood and his merry men. Ha Ha Hood starts ten years after those events. Robin and Marion have been involved in a messy divorce and the Sherriff of Nottingham and his sidekick Guy of Gisborne have just been released from ...

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Ha Ha Hood And The Prince Of Leaves – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Ben Langley Composer: Griff Johnson Director: Jamie Wilson Reviewer: Michael Gray   Last year it was Ha Ha Holmes with Joe Pasquale. This year it's Ha Ha Hood, Prince of Leaves. Ben Langley, proud begetter of the Ha Ha series, has some advice for the audience - “Lower your standards!”. And, we might add, turn back the clock. It's ...

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NEWS: Corrie’s Curly turns to the dark side

Norwich’s Theatre Royal have announced today that Kevin Kennedy, best known for playing Coronation Street character Curly Watts, will star as Captain Hook in the venues panto, Peter Pan, this Christmas. Kennedy appeared in Corrie for 20 years from 1983 to 2003, has appeared in panto in Nottingham and Brighton and played the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. ...

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Ha Ha Holmes! – The Waterside Theatre Aylesbury

Writer and director: Ben Langley Reviewer: Pete Benson [rating:4.5] Sherlock Holmes is one of the most enduring characters in English literature. Currently he appears in Elementary and Sherlock on TV and there’s Robert Downey Junior’s recent cinema portrayal. Even his creator failed to kill him off at the Reichenbach Falls. Now we have Ha Ha Holmes!, which is really Sherlock ...

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Ha Ha Holmes- Grand Opera House, York

Writer: Ben Langley Directors: Jamie Wilson &Ben Langley Reviewer: Rosie Revell [rating:4]   Just what is to be expected of a show whose own programme advises the audience to “hang your brains up with your coats when you enter” and whose own cast urge “Lower your standards.” In truth what follows is a frenetic, oddball, slapstick 90 minutes of fun ...

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