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Aladdin – Salisbury Playhouse

Writer: Andrew Pollard Director: Ryan McBryde Reviewer: David Jobson What makes a good pantomime - is it celebrities, big sets or special effects? Or does it need plenty of laughs, fun and high jinx.  If Salisbury Playhouse’s contribution is anything to go by it is certainly the latter, together with a creative team that knows their pantomimes and love their ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Much Ado ABout Nothing at The Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch

Director: Douglas Rintoul Musical Director: Julian Littman Reviewer: Michael Gray   Celebrations at the Queen's Theatre in Hornchurch. as Shakespeare is celebrated, 400 after his death. A new Artistic Director [Douglas Rintoul] is welcomed to the Billet Lane theatre, and, put out more flags, World War II is over, and Claudio and his chums come victorious home to start Much ...

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The Last Five Years – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Katie Birtill and Chris-Cowley

Writer: Jason Robert Brown Director: Peter Rowe Musical Director: Caroline Humphris Reviewer: Michael Gray   Rumoured to be based on the writer's own marriage woes, this charming chamber musical fits the Wolsey like a glove. The structure is ingenious, with more than a hint of I Do, I Do and Merrily We Roll Along. Bride and groom meet – and ...

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer &Henry Shields Director: Adam Meggido Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Mischief Theatre are doubtlessly flying high after their Olivier Award win at the weekend for The Play That Goes Wrong (the first in their now expanding ‘Goes Wrong’ series). The latest outing for the band of horrors they have created, The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, is in ...

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Adam Meggido Reviewer: James Garrington Many of us have, at some time or another, seen a production that’s so bad that it makes us want to laugh at it. Instead we sit there and cringe with embarrassment, then applaud politely before making a swift escape at the end. Well, Peter Pan Goes ...

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Adam Meggido Reviewer: Dan English   Have you ever been to an am-dram sham? A play that has been so desperately bad, that you have had to try and shield your laughter throughout, so not to offend the actors? The beauty of Mischief Theatre’s Peter Pan Goes Wrong then, is that you ...

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Addam Meggido Reviewer: Bill Avenell The question arises, is it wise to go and see a second production so soon after having enjoyed a first by the same company and, moreover, could Cornley Polytechnic Dramatic Society (sorry I mean Mischief Theatre of course) sustain the action and disaster packed riot of The ...

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Formby – Royal & Derngate Theatres, Northampton

Writer &co-deviser: Ewan Wardrop Director &co-deviser: Ed Hughes Reviewer: Sue Dixon [rating:4.0] George Formby was one of the most unlikely (yet highly paid) stars of his day. Born in Wigan he was a household name from the 1930s to his death in 1961. This one man show by Ewan Wardrop will certainly contribute to his enduring charm and appeal; one ...

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