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The Seagull – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov Director Sebastian Blanc Reviewer Alison Lewin [rating:2.5] "I am in mourning for my life" declares Masha. Which unfortunately, absolutely set the tone for the next 2 hours of this production of The Seagull. Director Sebastian Blanc takes us on a rather dark and depressing journey through the script without realising any of the light and shade or ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Park Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Andrew Shepherd Reviewer: Fran Beaton [rating:4] Apprehension probably would best describe the mood going into the Park theatre on a cold December evening. Apprehension because we had been forewarned that this interpretation of the Shakespearean comedy was to be set in the 1940s celebrating the return of ‘the boys’. Modern reinterpretations of Shakespeare so often miss ...

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Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical – The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Book, Music and Lyrics – Meredith Willson Director: Nicola Samer Reviewer: James Garrington If someone looks like Santa, sounds like Santa and acts like Santa, does that mean he is Santa Miracle on 34th Street tells a story of such a question. Disillusioned and single after her husband left her, Macy’s executive Doris Walker has tried hard to protect her ...

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Little Shop of Horrors – Kings Arms Theatre, Salford

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics and Book: Howard Ashman Director: James Baker Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:4.5] Following their critically acclaimed production of ‘Spring Awakening’ earlier this year, Assembled Junk Productions continue to put their unique stamp on the north west Fringe theatre scene with an ambitious performance of cult musical Little Shop of Horrors. While working at Mushnik’s Flower Shop on ...

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Barbershopera: El Matador – A Close Christmas Shave – The Drum, Plymouth

Writer: Tom Sadler &Rob Castell Director: Sarah Tipple Reviewer: Marina Spark Back for the fourth year running at The Drum theatre, Plymouth, award winning Barbershopera deliver yet another festive feast for the eyes and ears. This year's offering is entitled El Matador - A Close Christmas Shave and is the perfect antidote to a bitterly cold winter's night. The story ...

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A Thousand Years of Christmas – Square Chapel, Halifax

Reviewer: Rosie Revell A Thousand Years of Christmas is a deceptively simple but extremely captivating celebration of all things Christmas through the ages; from medieval mysticism to the joys of Christmas shopping to hangovers, nativity plays, Scrooge and traditional Christmas carols this show offers all things festive through song, verse and prose. The show also showcases a new Christmas poem; ...

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The Wright Night – Lass O’Gowrie, Manchester

Writers - Alastair Michael (Boot Sale), Piers Black-Hawkins (The Box, Enveloped in Velvet) Directors - Emma Colledge (Boot Sale) Claire O’Neill, Piers Black-Hawkins (The Box, Enveloped in Velvet) Reviewer: Jessie Cohen [Rating: 3.5] At the fringes of Manchester’s theatre-turned-panto-land, Ransack - a theatre company formed by graduates - launched their first production, The Write Night, in the upstairs of an ...

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Peter Pan – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Director: Ed Curtis Musical Director: Richard Anderson Choreographer: Stillie Dee Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald It’s that time of year again… oh yes it is! Pantomime, as part of the long-standing tradition of variety hits the UK’s theatres once again this Christmas. At The King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, however, it seems Peter Pan simply doesn’t hit the mark. With an experienced principal cast, ...

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