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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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Cinderella – Echo Arena, Liverpool

Writer/Director: James Shone Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen The festive season is now upon us and alongside the copious decorations and traditional trimmings with the turkey dinner comes a selection of celebrity-endorsed pantomimes for families across the country to choose from. This year, Liverpool Echo Arena’s offer is Cinderella, the much-loved tale of an orphaned girl who goes from rags to riches ...

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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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Aladdin – Grand Opera House, York

Director: Stuart Wade Costume Designer: Rachael Keverne Rath Set Designer: Alan Miller-Bunford Musical Director: Dean McDermot Reviewer: Louise Jones Three Bears Productions promises its first pantomime at the Grand Opera House will be “the biggest pantomime ever to be staged at the theatre”. Going off such a tall order, it’s a little underwhelming when we’re met with what’s quite a ...

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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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