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The Tin Soldier – The Studio at Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Mike Kenny Director: Gary Robson               Music: Lauren Gilmore, Stuart Ramage and Audrey Tait Reviewer: Emily Hall There is no better, more touching way for Edinburgh’s children to get into the Christmas spirit than with a visit to The Studio at Festival Theatre for Birds of Paradise Theatre’s rendition of The Steadfast Tin Soldier. The original heartrending tale is ...

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The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Joel Horwood Director: Emma Rice Designer: Vicki Mortimer  Composer: Stephen Warbeck Choreographers: Etta Murfitt & Annie-Lunette Deakin-Foster Reviewer: Leah Tozer On a cold Christmas Eve, a little match girl lights her last matches for warmth; imagining a home full of love, she keeps hope and herself alive for a little while longer. There are little match girls – alone, homeless, hopeless – all over ...

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What the Moon Saw – Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Choreographer: Tamsin Fitzgerald from the story by Hans Christian Andersen Composer: Angus Macrea Reviewer: John Kennedy The very noble, if rather esoteric programme notes draw an obtuse reference to the ‘colourless’ consequences of Brexit contrasting with the Company’s multi-hued experiences in India. This re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s eponymous story is their response. Thespian rescue-therapy? Be that as it may, it is ...

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Ugly Duckling – York Theatre Royal

Writer: Emma Reeves Director: Wendy Harris Designer: Catherine Chapman Composer: Tayo Akinbode Movement: Holly Irving Reviewer: Ron Simpson Ten minutes before the start a young man in nondescript grey sits strumming his ukulele while the birds sing and a more colourful chap buzzes a dragonfly around the trees and plants of the attractively improvised-looking set. After a while the first ...

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The Snow Queen – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Ian Toner Director: Sarah Finlay Reviewer: Laura Marriott Gerda and Kay live in a watery town in a watery world. All ice and snow have been lost in the warming. Now people travel by gondolas and school children are told tales by their teachers about how in the past awful thing happened such as cold, gloves, scarves, carols and ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL 2016: Le Gateau Chocolat – Duckie

Writer and Performer: Le Gateau Chocolat Director: Flick Ferdinando Co-Writer and Director: Tommy Bradson Reviewer: Glen Pearce Venue: New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich   Much like there are moments in history, such as the assassination of Kennedy, when people are said to recall where they are, so it is that occasionally in theatre you witness the birth of a show that ...

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The Tinderbox – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Mandy Holliday as the Old Witch in The Tinderbox at London's Charing Cross Theatre

Writer: Hans Christian Andersen Adaptor: Mandy Holliday Director: Abbi Pickard Price Choreographer: Lily Hone Above our heads, trains rumble to the southern suburbs. and on the compact Charing Cross stage, beyond the footlights, giant untitled tomes, which double inventively as doors and windows, with more books, pop-up this time, for the tree-tops. Mandy Holliday's take on The Tinderbox is some ...

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The Snow Queen – Civic Theatre, Rotherham

Writer: from the story by Hans Christian Andersen Music: Simon Paterson Artistic Director and Choreographer: Christopher Moore Reviewer: Janet Jepson Every little girl and just about every little boy in the landis familiar with the concept that true love can melt even the most deeply frozen heart, thanks to the great Mr Disney. His smash-hit movie Frozen was inspired by ...

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