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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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The Wedding Singer – Opera House, Manchester

jon robyns wedding singer king's theatre glasgow

Book: Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Donna Kelly Based on the 1998 hit movie starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, The Wedding Singer tells the story of Robbie Hart, a wannabe rock-star stuck as a singer on the wedding band circuit. When his fiancée dumps him at the altar, it’s ...

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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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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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Little Shop of Horrors – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Sam Lupton as Seymour and Stephanie Clift as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors

Book and Lyrics: Howard Ashman Music: Alan Menken Director: Tara Louis Wilkinson Choreographer: Matthew Cole Reviewer: Janet Jepson In the 1930’s cinemas began showing two films at each session in a bid to hang onto audiences reduced by the Depression, and demand grew for cheap, quickly turned out films to support the main features. Thus the B-movie was born, becoming ...

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Sister Act – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Alexandra Burke and Jon Robyns in Sister Act 2016 UK tour

Book: Bill and Cheri Steinkellner Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Donna Kelly Alexandra Burke can certainly sing like a diva. After dazzling as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard, the X Factor winner returns to the stage as Deloris Van Cartier in an all-new musical stage production of Sister Act. Based on the 1992 film ...

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Chicago – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Writer: Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Musical Director: Ben Atkinson Choreographer: Ann Reinking Reviewer: Sue Collier   First produced in 1975, Chicago(based on a 1926 play of the same name) is a musical about two really quite unpleasant women. They are each rightly on trial for murder, but with the help ...

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The Bodyguard – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Alexandra Burke and company in The Bodyguard tour

Book: Alexander Dinelari Director: Thea Sharrock Reviewer: Donna Kelly   Few people can handle the power ballad classic I Will Always Love You like Whitney Houston, but Alexandra Burke is certainly one of them. The three-time Brit nominee and X-Factor winner steals the show as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard, belting out hit after hit in the award-winning musical. Based ...

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