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The Cat in the Hat – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Katie Mitchell Director: Suba Das Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin The Cat in the Hat is Dr Seuss’s tonic for keeping kids amused on wet days. Indeed, it is a wet day when the magnificent creature comes calling on a Boy and his older sister Sally. The bored squabbling siblings let the purring pussy in – much to the annoyance of their ...

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The Winter’s Tale –National Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor:  Justin Audibert Director: Ruth Mary Johnson Reviewer: David Guest Young people know how to be hopeful and happy even when adults are acting childishly around them. That’s an oversimplification, but it’s certainly one of the themes explored in an enjoyable one hour version of The Winter’s Tale at the National Theatre. Kids aren’t bothered that it’s one ...

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Icarus – Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer: Katrin Lange Translator: Purni Morell Director: Cressida Brown Reviewer: Mike Wells We all know of the boy who flew too close to the sun, but this incarnation of Icarus is about much more than just the exuberance of youth. The production follows Icarus’ journey from his family home to the island of Crete, to find his father and bring him ...

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Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour 2019 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool

Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Clare Howdon Strictly Come Dancing Live!, currently on tour across the UK, is the perfect tonic to ease the January blues. The tour, now into its 15thyear, is once again directed FAB-U-LOUS-LY by Craig Revel Horwood and the long-running judge is to be congratulated on producing yet another show-stopping production. It is impossible not to ...

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Matilda The Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Dennis Kelley (based on the book by Roald Dahl) Music and Lyrics: Tim Minchin Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Joan Phillips Enter the dark imagination of Roald Dahl in the story of Matilda, a young girl, unwanted and overlooked by her parents. Seen from the point of view of the young girl, in Dahl’s imaginary world the children are wiser ...

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The Snowman – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Music and Lyrics: Howard Blake Choreographer: Robert North Director: Bill Alexander Reviewer: Selwyn Knight 2018, was positively awash with anniversaries relating to The Snowman: Raymond Briggs' book was first published in 1978, 40 years ago, and Birmingham REP’s first stage production inspired by the book and animated film of 1982, was first seen in 1993, 25 years ago. And, as the ...

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Peter Pan – Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer: Michael Harrison and Alan McHugh, from the book by J.M Barrie Director: Michael Harrison Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It can’t be easy having to step into another performer’s shoes at short notice, especially when the show was written with the original incumbent in mind, but this is exactly what Darren Day has done: the Hippodrome’s panto for 2018/9 was originally ...

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Shrek – The Grand, Leeds

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Once upon a time there was an ogre called Shrek.  Shrek The Musical is based on the popular 2001 DreamWorks Animation Film Shrek and William Steig’s book of the same name.  The musical premiered ten years ago in Seattle, United States, and is now on its ...

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