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INTERVIEW: Scottish panto favourite Johnny Mac talks to The Reviews Hub

Johnny Mac is no stranger to pantomime. This year, as he treads the boards of Glasgow’s King’s Theatre for the very first time, he sat down with The Reviews Hub’s Fraser MacDonald to talk about his journey to playing Muddles in Sleeping Beauty. A Glasgow boy at heart, Johnny is chuffed to be back on home turf after another mammoth ...

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Exeter Cabaret Show – Exeter Phoenix

Director: Cast with additional direction by Peter Massey Reviewer: Charlie Hackett A riotous mix of clowning, juggling, magic and mayhem, variety troupe Slightly Fat Features set the stage ablaze with their latest comedy cabaret. MC Goronwy Thom, welcomes the audience with genuine warmth, oozing natural wit and charm, playfully teasing latecomers and seemingly in his element. What follows is an ...

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Allan Stewart’s Big Big Variety Show 2017 – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Allan Stewart Grant Stott Big Big Variety Show

Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald The tradition of variety theatre in Scotland is long standing. As a veteran of the scene, Allan Stewart brings his Big Big Variety Show back to Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre to remind us why variety should remain at the heart of Scottish theatre. The all-star lineup includes King’s Theatre stalwart and panto baddie Grant Stott, who plays along ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

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Director: Ed Curtis Choreographer: Stillie Dee Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald As the festive season approaches, the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh once again earns its crown as Scotland's best panto with a winning mix of music, fun and glamour. The result is an uplifting, rib-tickling theatrical event that is not to be missed. A reimagining of the classic tale, Jack and the ...

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GM Fringe: Fast Fringe with Justin Moorhouse – The Dancehouse, Manchester

Justin Moorhouse compares Fast Fringe at GM Fringe

Reviewer: Donna Kelly If Fast Fringe is anything to go by, the 2016 Greater Manchester Fringe Festival looks set to be a cracker!The two-hour comedy show opened the month-long festival at Manchester’s The Dancehouse last night, cramming more comedy and variety acts than into one bill than you thought possible. Hosted by GM Fringe patron Justin Moorhouse, Fast Fringe is ...

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Impossible – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Director: Lloyd Wood Reviewer: Matt Forrest It seems the world of magic and illusion are very much back in vogue at the moment. Magicians like Dynamo and Derren Brown are seldom off our television screens, battering our brains and leaving us in awe at how they have achieved their latest trick. However, more recently magic has gone full circle and ...

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Brian Conley: Alive and Dangerous – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen We have seen him perform in top musical productions, capture the nation’s heart on television, and leave the audience in stitches in panto - and while his latest tour, Brian Conley: Alive and Dangerous, might not be the most spellbinding production he's ever appeared in, it never purports to be either. From the very beginning, a joke ...

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Nina Conti: In Your Face – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Mark O’Neill The self-proclaimed “fourth best ventriloquist in the world”, Nina Conti, returns to Edinburgh following her sell-out success in 2014, performing a show that is 100% improvised including, of course, an appearance from her much-loved and much-anticipated monkey. There is no doubt at all that Contihas skill. From the seamless, quick transitions between characters and the natural comedy ...

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