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NEWS: Elaine C. Smith comes home to Glasgow’s King’s Theatre pantomime

By FRASER MACDONALD First Lady of Scottish pantomime Elaine C. Smith returns to the King’s Theatre in Glasgow this Christmas to star in Sleeping Beauty. Smith, a firm panto favourite, returns to the King’s stage for the first time since 2004 where she played the title role in Mother Goose. Her first appearance at the King’s pantomime was in 1996 ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer and Director: Richard Gauntlett Musical Director: David Carter Choreographer: Dee Jago Reviewer: Lu Greer Fee fi fo fum - the laughs at the Norwich Theatre Royal have begun. Richard Gauntlett has returned to the theatre once again with a new panto full of giant dresses, day glow sets, and jokes that skip along the line between hilarious and terrible. While the ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Forum Studio Theatre, Chester

Writer: Peter Swingler Director: Steve Davies Reviewer: John Roberts Throughout the entire of run of Jack and The Beanstalk, this hard-working cast will have played to the equivalent audience of two nights at the Liverpool Empire, but that doesn't stop this diminutive delight from hitting high on heart and delivering a mighty fine pantomime that gives the local multi-million pound ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Charter Theatre, Preston

Writer/Director: Phil Walker Reviewer: John Roberts Jack and the Beanstalk is only the second in-house production for the Charter Theatre following the success of last year's Sleeping Beauty. The theatre has once again brought comedian Phil Walker back to write, direct and star in this year's pantomime. If it all sounds a little “write the theme tune, sing the theme tune” ...

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Aladdin – Lyceum Theatre, Crewe

Writer: Jonathan Kiley and Alan McHugh Director: David Fleeshman Reviewer: John Roberts After the stunning success of last year's pantomime, Cinderella, the Lyceum Theatre was always going to struggle to find a production to match or even better its brilliant blend of storytelling and sensational cast. Being truly honest, this year's offering of Aladdin, while very enjoyable, lacks the punch and energy ...

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Beauty and the Beast – The Grange Theatre, Hartford

Writer: Daniel Bell Director: Oliver Scott Reviewer: John Roberts The Grange Theatre in Hartford is on their third pantomime producer in as many years and this year's production is produced by KD Theatre Productions. KD is no stranger to producing pantomime and their production of Beauty and the Beast, while not perfect, certainly shows more heart and soul than many ...

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Snow White – Southport Theatre

Writer: Iain Lauchlan Director: David Janson Reviewer: John Roberts Steve and Sarah Boden of Imagine Theatre state in the show's programme that they have a team of creatives and musicians who “understand what audiences want from their pantomimes and are able to provide some of the slickest, funniest and most spectacular shows you will see anywhere in the UK” - ...

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Cinderella – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Morag Fullarton Choreographer: Ian West Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald This year sees the anticipated return of what may well be the iconic pantomime tale, Cinderella. With a star-studded cast and fresh take on the classic plot, Cinderella does well in presenting an engaging, funny and exciting magical adventure. Cinderella tells the tale of an unlikely meeting between ...

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