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Treasure Island – The New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Robert Louis Stevenson Adaptor and director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Artistic director Theresa Heskins writes in her programme notes that after consultation with focus groups of children as to what should be on their stage at Christmas the overwhelming consensus involved pirates, treasure and fights. And so, bowing to popular opinion, Treasure Island is in full production as ...

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Treasure Island – Williamson Park, Lancaster

Writer: Debbie Oates Director: Joe Sumsion Reviewer: May Mellstrom This summer marks the 30th anniversary of The Dukes' walkabout theatre productions in Williamson Park; which, in recent years, have transported audiences back to Victorian England in Oliver Twist and delved to the heart of Middle Earth in The Hobbit. This year, The Dukes restages Debbie Oates' 2012 indoor production of ...

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Cinderella – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Andrew Pollard Music: Rebekah Hughes Director: Joyce Branagh Reviewer: Ruth Jepson If there is a classic in the land of pantomimes, then it has to be Cinderella. The rags to riches tale of a poor girl, banished to the kitchens by her evil stepsisters, with only the mice and her good friend Buttons for company. That is, until her ...

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The Hobbit – The Dukes at Williamson Park, Lancaster

Writer: Kevin Dyer Director: Joe Sumsion Reviewer: May Mellstrom The Dukes walkabout theatre production in Lancaster's picturesque Williamson Park is becoming an annual summer highlight and after tackling Victorian England with literary classic Oliver Twist in 2015, this years offering takes a leap into the fantastical realm of Middle Earth with an adaptation of J.R.R Tolkein's The Hobbit. Bilbo Baggins ...

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Beauty and the Beast – The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster

Writer: Eddie Robson Music: Kieran Buckridge Director: Joe Sumsion Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Entering through a garden path of AstroTurf with rose-filled trellises framing your way, you enter the intimate space of The Dukes’ ‘The Round’ and realise that you are in for a tale of the familiar told in a different way. The hallmarks of Disney-induced expectations are strewn around ...

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Little Shop Of Horrors – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Book &Lyrics:Howard Ashman Music: Alan Menken Director: Gareth Machin Musical Director: Richard Reeday Choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: Michael Gray This cult musical is a cultivar of the 1960 Corman film; from modest origins off-Broadway, it has grown into a major industry, with community groups drawn to its catchy tunes and off-the-wall story. Specialist plantsmen supply the various Audrey IIs, from ...

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Around the World in 80 Days – The Theatre Chipping Norton

Writer: Jules Verne Adaptor: Toby Hulse Director: John Terry Reviewer: Matt Dicks Book the tickets, stoke the coals and sally forth for the theatre: Director John Terry’s vision of Jules Verne’s famous story is a kinetic, boisterous, joke-fuelled treat. Travellers of all ages should hop aboard for a frantic romp spanning an ever-shrinking globe. We’re in the Victorian age, and ...

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