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Punk Rock – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Laura Norman Reviewer: Paul Couch The best years of our lives? Don’t bank on it. As the New Wolsey Young Company rolls out its next generation of acting talent, Simon Stephens’ uncompromising Punk Rock is an ideal vehicle with which to showcase its skills. First staged in 2009, Punk Rocklacks the flippant charm of Alan Bennett'sHistory ...

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Aladdin – The Liverpool Playhouse

Writers: Sarah A Nixon &Mark Chatterton Director: Mark Chatterton Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace [rating:4.5] Panto is well and truly alive and kicking in Liverpool this festive season. Both the Epstein Theatre and Empire are staging traditional star studded affairs but for a real treat why not head to the Playhouse to see the brilliantly unusual rock ‘n’ roll panto production of ...

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The Pied Piper – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Kevin Dyer Music/Lyrics: Patrick Dineen Director: Nina Hakiyianni Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin [Rating:3.5] Children, today's lesson is – don't rat on a musician.The Unity Theatre and Action Transport Theatre's production mixes morality with magic and mirth to fire the imaginations of youngsters and sow the seed for a love of the stage. From his first appearance as The Piper, James ...

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Irving Berlin’s White Christmas – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Book: David Ives &Paul Blake Music &Lyrics: Irving Berlin Director: Andrew Corcoran Choreographer: Randy Skinner Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys If it’s a great big glittery Hallmark card of a show you are after, filled with nostalgia, sentiment and good old-fashioned Christmas spirit then Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre is the show for you. Based upon the 1954 Paramount ...

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Seussical the Musical – Arts Theatre, London

Music: Stephen Flaherty Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens Book: Stephen Flaherty + Lynn Ahrens Co-conceived by: Eric Idle Director: Kirk Jameson Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3] Much of the charm of many festive shows comes from their innate familiarity – childhood pantomimes, the ever-present Dickens, the ageless music of The Nutcracker – but in an increasingly global cultural world, other shows are attempting ...

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Peter Panto and the Incredible Stinkerbell – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Johnny McKnight Director &Designer: Kenny Miller Composer &Musical Director: Ross Brown Reviewer: Rachel Clark Fresh from the success of their production ofBlithe Spiritin Perth, Johnny McKnight and Kenny Miller front the creative team behind this year's Tron theatre pantomime:Peter Panto and the Incredible Stinkerbell; a show of fun, fairies and flatulence. Peter Panto is a boy from Riverland. One ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer and Director: Paul Hendy Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree Oh no! The legendary Marlowe Theatre Ghost-Gag Bench has been stolen! Well, thank goodness it’s panto season again and Jack Trot alongside Billy Trott and Dame Trott can rescue one bench, one break-dancing cow and … oh yes, one princess … from the evil clutches of Dr Hefferflumphenstein, some rather freaky zombies, ...

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Ghosts – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Henrik Ibsen; translated by Stephen Unwin Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Michael Hootman No modern audience is ever going to feel the sense of outrage, of a play pushing at the boundaries of decency, that theatregoers experienced at Ghosts' debut. The Daily Telegraph famously called it "an open drain: a loathsome sore unbandaged, a dirty act done publicly" - the ...

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