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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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Aladdin – The Dukes, Lancaster

Writer: Mike Kenny Director: Sarah Punshon Reviewer: May Mellstrom A frequent pantomime favourite, theatres across the country will undoubtedly be re-telling the story of Aladdin this Christmas, however, one imagines few will surpass the originality and imagination of this festive offering from The Dukes.  There are still plenty of playful nods to the audience and opportunities to boo the baddie, ...

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Alice in Wonderland – Derby Theatre

The cast of Alice in Wonderland

Writer: Mike Kenny after the book by Lewis Carroll Director: Sarah Brigham Reviewer: Dave Smith With a more traditional panto taking place across the city at Derby Arena for the Christmas season, Derby Theatre has instead opted for an adaptation of one of our best-loved children’s stories, Alice in Wonderland (with Tweedledum and Tweedledee sneaking in from Through the Looking ...

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Cinderella – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Mike Kenny Additional Lyrics: Ivan Stott Music: Rob Hiley Director: Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: Marie Smith Cinderella is an entertaining and animated production from award-winning children’s writer, Mike Kenny. It tells the story of Cinders, her wicked stepmother and ugly sisters but in a unique way with lots of ridiculously funny moments and a really lively cast. This version of ...

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Underneath a Magical Moon – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Mike Kenny Director: Wendy Harris Designer: Kate Bunce Music: Ivan Stott Reviewer: Louise Jones Mike Kenny’s rewritten Peter Pan tale is in safe hands with Tutti Frutti’s strong sense of adventure and wonder, introducing the boy who never grew up to a new generation. Seeking to modernise the tale, Kenny frames the story within Wendy’s narrative, allowing her to ...

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Snow White – Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

Maggie Fox and Sue Riding in Snow White

Writer: Mike Kenny Director: Matt Ashton Reviewer: Richard Hall Best known for their off the wall, zany, adult humour often at the expense of famous literary characters; Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding, otherwise known as the popular comedy duo Lip Service, give in this show their unique take on the well known and much loved classic fairy story. Written by ...

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16 For 2016: Jenny Sealey

Our series 16 for 2016, talking to Artistic Directors about the highlights and challenges of the last year, and the year ahead continues with Jenny Sealey of Graeae Theatre Company. Sealey joined Graeae as Artistic Director in 1997, she co-directed the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony alongside Bradley Hemmingsand is recognised as one of the leading voices on accessibility in ...

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Hansel & Gretel – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Peter Basham as Hansel and Elinor Lawless as Gretel

Writer: Mike Kenny Director: Henry Bell Designer: Lucy Weller Reviewer: Ron Simpson Mike Kenny is an expert at approaching children’s stories from an unusual angle, telling them from an oblique viewpoint, often that of invented characters who play a rôle in the traditional story. In this respect his version of Hansel &Gretel is less original than many of his other ...

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