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Peter Pan – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writers: Georgia Christou and Liam Steel adapted from the play and book by J. M. Barrie Director: Liam Steel Reviewer: Selwyn Knight In the programme notes to Peter Pan, director Liam Steel says he wanted to, ‘create a new adaptation … that reflected the audience of today.’ He also wanted it to be very much Wendy’s story.  Wendy Darling and ...

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Peter Pan – Hull Truck Theatre

Writer: J.M. Barrie Adapted by: Deborah McAndrew Director: Mark Babych Composer: John Biddle Reviewer: Ron Simpson   Anyone familiar with Deborah McAndrew’s skilful adaptations of classic novels and plays and Hull Truck’s justifiable local pride will have guessed that Peter Pan would be transformed from J. M. Barrie’s original and that Hull would be in there somewhere. So it is, ...

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Cinderella – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Guy Unsworth Reviewer: James Garrington It’s panto time in Nottingham. This year’s offering at the Theatre Royal is Cinderella – and it’s everything that we’ve come to expect from a Theatre Royal panto. A star-studded cast, beautiful costumes and stunning special effects are the order of the day, and this panto has them all. Headlining this ...

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Les Misérables – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Claude-Michel Schonberg Lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer Original French text: Alain Boubil and Jean-Marc Natel Adapted from the novel by Victor Hugo Director:  Laurence Connor and James Powell Reviewer: Barbara Michaels One of the best-loved musicals of all time, Les Misérables – the longest-running musical ever in London’s West End and the second-longest worldwide – is back on tour. Cameron Mackintosh’s ...

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The Wizard of Oz – Leeds Playhouse

Writer: L. Frank Baum Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company Music and Lyrics: Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg Director: James Brining Musical Director: Tamara Saringer Reviewer: Rich Jevons Leeds Playhouse’s production based on the classic MGM film has everything you could wish for as the recently reopened and revamped venue’s festive theatrical present. A fantastic ensemble ...

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Mr Popper’s Penguins – Sale Waterside

Production Image - show a puppet penguin coming out of a crate

Music: Luke Bateman Lyrics: Richy Hughes  Writer: Richard and Florence Atwater Director: Emma Earle Reviewer: Sam Lowe Watch out. Penguins have taken over Waterside Arts Centre. They’re everywhere. If you see one you must automatically give it a hug. Who do they belong to? Mr Popper of course, in a family friendly story similar to A Bear Called Paddington. Mr ...

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The Boy in the Dress – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Book: Mark Ravenhill from the novel by David Walliams Music and Lyrics: Robbie Williams, Guy Chambers and Chris Heath Director: Gregory Doran Reviewer: James Garrington There’s an almost tangible air of excitement about the foyers of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre before Press Night for The Boy in the Dress. It as though people feel they may see something special – and ...

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Protein’s The Little Prince – The Lowry, Salford

Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Adaptation and Direction: Luca Silvestrini Reviewer: Peter Jacobs This production of The Little Prince is the first book adaptation and the first show primarily for children from Luca Silvestrini’s award-winning Protein. The company produce a diverse range of shows tackling different themes, blending choreography, text, music and humour – whether dealing with love, society’s obsessions with ...

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