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Aladdin – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Alan McHugh Director and Choreographer: Johnny Bates Reviewer: Kris Hallett In January, news rocked panto-land that QDOS had won the war over its competitor and First Family Entertainment (FFE) was no more. This year, they return to Bristol Hippodrome victorious. In doing so, they have produced the best pantomime Bristol has seen in years. It may have been blowing ...

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Aladdin – Birmingham Hippodrome

Julian Clary, Lee Mead and Matt Slack in Aladdin at Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer: Michael Harrison and Alan McHugh Director: Michael Harrison Reviewer: James Garrington   It’s panto time in Birmingham and flying into the Hippodrome this year we have Aladdin. Everyone knows the story of course – the young man’s journey from rags to riches, evil being defeated and everyone living happily ever after. Popular though that story is, in many ways ...

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Blood Brothers – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book, Music and Lyrics: Willy Russell Director: Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Steve Davies Who doesn’t know the story of the Johnstone twins? Well for the uninitiated it’s the tale of a mother who hands over one of her new born twins to a woman who can’t have children. It’s also the story of two boys who become friends ...

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Evita – The Mayflower, Southampton

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice Directors: Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Naomi Stevens [rating:3]   Evita. The story of the actress-turned-first lady of Argentina is perhaps not the most well known of Andrew Lloyd Webber's productions, but as is the case with most of his music, the score contains some famous numbers alongside some tricky harmonies and ...

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NEWS: Peterborough’s Broadway Theatre Rises From The Ashes

Two years after it abruptly locked its doors, live performances return to Peterborough’s Broadway Theatre later this year as leading producer Bill Kenwright announces a season of his touring shows will play at the venue for 12 weeks. The 1200-seat venue has had a troubled history in recent years. A £9 million conversion saw the former cinema turn into a ...

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Evita – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Directors: Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright Composer: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice Reviewer: Nicole Evans [rating:5] The story of Evita begins at the end. As the curtain rises we immediately get the impression we are being watched. Visible through a transparent screen is a makeshift cinema and theatre goers stare back at us. The film abruptly ends and the ...

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Marti Pellow : Hope Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Downham [rating: 3.5] Marti Pellow has been treading the musical boards in one form or another for 31 years now, and on the occasion of his 48th birthday he brings his latest Hope Tour to The Lowry Theatre. The tour shows a different light to Marti from his Wet Wet Wet days with the focus of his music ...

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War of the Worlds – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield

Music/Lyrics: Jeff Wayne Book: HG Wells Director: Steve Nolan Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes [rating:3] First published in 1897, HG Wells’s visionary novel is still as ground-breaking today as it was when it first shocked Victorian England and now over 30 years since first composed from the moment the music starts you are transported into a terrifying story of Martians landing on ...

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