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Cinderella – The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Director: Damian Sandys Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen It is officially the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ and on its 25th anniversary of helping spread festive joy, UK Productions and Blackpool Grand Theatre have pulled out all the stops with their version of the classic fairytale Cinderella. While not at the biggest of theatres, this is a show-stopping pantomime that certainly ...

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Hansel and Gretel – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Engelbert Humpadinck Lyrics: Adelheid Wette Director: Edward Dick Conductor: Christoph Altstaedt Choreographer: Gary Clarke Reviewer: Sue Collier Having previously neither seen nor heard a production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel, a reviewer is able to truly explore the strengths of this performance with a completely open mind. The story is a fairy tale opera in three acts, ...

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Billy Budd – The Grand, Leeds

Photo credit Clive Barda

Music: Benjamin Britten Libretto: E.M. Forster Director: Orpha Phelan Conductor: Garry Walker Reviewer: Sue Collier This Opera North production of Billy Bud is in two acts and is based on the short story Billy Budd by Herman Melville. The story is set in 1797, at a time when the French are revolting and there is great enmity between Britain and ...

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Tell Me On A Sunday – The Grand, Leeds

Jodie Prenger in Tell Me On A Sunday

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Don Black Director: Paul Foster Choreographer/Movement Director: Matt Flint Reviewer: Sue Collier Following an acclaimed performance in the Watermill Theatre’s 2014 production of Calamity Jane,Jodie Prengeris currently touring in Andrew Lloyd WebberandDon Black’sone-woman show, the classic musical,Tell Me on a Sunday. The musical portrays the romantic misadventures of Emma, a young English girl in New ...

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Annie – The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

ANNIE - Jonny Fines as 'Rooster', Lesley Joseph as 'Miss Hannigan' and Djalenga Scott as 'Lily'.

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Carol Lovatt For a night of sheer uplifting theatre, Annie the musical is a production that warms both the heart and soul of an audience. The story of a feisty little abandoned girl who is determined to find her parents and escape the hard life of an ...

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Of Mice and Men – The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Kristian Phillips and William Rodell in Of Mice And Men

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen   One of the most iconic pieces of American literature, Of Mice and Men, has been brought to the stage in a gripping and powerful production by an incredibly united cast and crew. The Touring Consortium Theatre Company presents A Birmingham Repertory Theatre production of John Steinbeck’s novella - which tells ...

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Dreamboats and Miniskirts – The Grand, Leeds

Writers: Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran Musical Supervisor: Keith Strachan Directors: Bill Kenwright and Keith Strachan Reviewer: Janet Jepson If you wore a miniskirt and dated a dreamboat chances are that you had a lot of fun in the 1960s, as the latest offering from Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran clearly demonstrates. This Dreamboat sets sail where the last Petticoat ...

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Calamity Jane – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Charles K. Freeman Music: Sammy Fain Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Rosie Revell A modern reimagining of the classic 1953 Oscar winning movie musical of the same name, Calamity Jane rides into Leeds with big shoes to fill - and it certainly does not disappoint. This barnstorming, whip-cracking, rooting–tooting gem of a production delights theatre goers ...

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