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Cinderella – The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Director: Damian Sandys Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen It is officially the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ and on its 25th anniversary of helping spread festive joy, UK Productions and Blackpool Grand Theatre have pulled out all the stops with their version of the classic fairytale Cinderella. While not at the biggest of theatres, this is a show-stopping pantomime that certainly ...

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Dirty Dancing – Blackpool Opera House

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Russ Spencer Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen It captured the hearts of the nation back in the 80s, and it is still captivating audiences today. Dirty Dancing is a classic coming-of-age tale, which has been reimagined for the stage by the film's original and talented writer Eleanor Bergstein and resident director Russ Spencer. The beauty of this story ...

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Sister Act – Blackpool Opera House, Blackpool

Music: Alan Menkin Lyrics: Glenn Slater Book: Bill and Cheri Steinkellner Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen Blackpool’s latest musical theatre offering is certainly one to shout Hallelujah about, as chaos and choreography are brought to the convent in the most uplifting and electrifying way. Sister Act is an absolute must see, with stunning vocal displays from the entire ...

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September in the Rain – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: John Godber Director: Sheila Carter Designer: Graham Kirk Reviewer: Ron Simpson For 12 years Esk Valley Theatre, in the persons of co-founders Mark Stratton and Sheila Carter, has brought high-quality small-cast theatre to the North York Moors by taking over Glaisdale’s Robinson Institute for the month of August for its annual production. Now EVT has expanded its scale, in ...

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Dirty Dancing – Winter Gardens, Blackpool

man and woman embracing while couples dance in background

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Federico Bellone Reviewer: Marie Smith Everyone knows the classic movie Dirty Dancing and this current UK tour brings that story to stage fantastically. It’s the summer of 1963, America was still innocent and families spent quality time together. Sweet 17-year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman, played by Katie Hartland, goes on a family holiday in New York’s Catskill ...

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Kiss Me Quickstep – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Production photo of Kiss Me Quick Step

Writer: Amanda Whittington Director: Theresa Heskins Set Designer: Dawn Allsop Choreographer: Beverley Edmunds Reviewer: Ron Simpson Amanda Whittington’s gift for situational comedy/drama is seen at its best in Kiss Me Quickstep, now touring in an entertaining and well-judged production from the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme. The original idea is promising: follow three couples at the Amateur Ballroom Championships in Blackpool ...

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Of Mice and Men – The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Kristian Phillips and William Rodell in Of Mice And Men

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen   One of the most iconic pieces of American literature, Of Mice and Men, has been brought to the stage in a gripping and powerful production by an incredibly united cast and crew. The Touring Consortium Theatre Company presents A Birmingham Repertory Theatre production of John Steinbeck’s novella - which tells ...

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A Christmas Carol – Blackpool Opera House

Paul Nicholas as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol

Music and Lyrics: Alan Menken &Lynn Ahrens Book: Mike Ockrent &Lynn Ahrens Original story: Charles Dickens Director: Kyle Davies Reviewer: Matt Forrest   Panto season is in full swing at this time of year, but fairytales and jolly japes aren’t everyone’s cup of tea so, if you’re looking for something a little different to get your festive juices flowing, then ...

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