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How to Hide a Lion – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Writer: Helen Stephens Adaptor: Peter GlanvilleComposer: Barb Jungr Director: Peter Glanville Reviewer: David Guest A magical children’s book roars into life as a spellbinding stage show thanks to the considerable joint talents of a Pigtails Productions creative team. How to Hide a Lion is based on the illustrated Helen Stephens book, which is warm and wonderful in itself. In the ...

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How To Spot An Alien – The Roundabout at Ordsall Park, Salford

Writer: Georgia Christou Director: Stef O’ Driscoll Reviewer: Jay Nuttall   New writing theatre company Paines Plough continue their tradition for programming children’s theatre in their incredible pop-up theatre space, The Roundabout. Landing like a space capsule in Ordsall Park the theatre in the round is an exciting place to enter for adults, never mind children. So to go on ...

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Gulliver’s Travels – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Jonathan Swift Adapters: Satinder Chohan & Mike Kenny Directors: Elizabeth Newman & Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: Jay Nuttall There are big things happening in Queen’s Park in Bolton over the next couple of weeks. The Octagon Theatre’s outdoor, promenade production of Gulliver’s Travels lands ashore with lots of silliness, a vast community chorus and one giant puppet! The story of ...

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Shrek the Musical – Bristol Hippodrome

Composer: Jeanine Tesori Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Director: Nigel Harman  Choreographer: Josh Prince Designer: Tim Hatley Lighting Designer: Hugh Vanstone Reviewer: Leah TozerAn offbeat fairytale about being a believer in happily-ever-afters for the beautiful and ogreish alike, Shrek the Musical is a hefty, hearty, gorgeously green show that lets its Freak Flag Fly but its originality fall victim to fart gags and the far-greater film.  The original film won ...

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Summer Holiday: The Musical – The Grand, Leeds

Stage adaptation: Michael Gyngell and Mark Haddigan (based on the film Summer Holiday) Music: Bob Wicks Director and Choreographer: Racky Plews Assistant Director and Choreographer: Blair Anderson Reviewer: Janet Jepson It's summer 1963 and everyone is keen to get away from it all, escape the daily grind and the dreary weather, and go on a Summer Holiday “where the sun ...

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Madagascar – The Musical, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Book: Kevin Del Aguila Music and Lyrics: Geoge Noriega and Joel Someillan Director: Kirk Jameson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Marty the zebra and his friends have it pretty good in Central Park Zoo. But on Marty’s tenth birthday a mid-life crisis has hit him. After talking to a commando unit of penguins who are plotting their escape to Antarctica, he hankers after the wild, albeit ...

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Swallows and Amazons  – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: Bryony Lavery Director: Katie Posner Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Host the Jolly Roger flag, grab your oars and get ready to set sail on a voyage of adventure with Grosvenor Park’s family-friendly adventure Swallows and Amazons. Adapted by Bryony Lavery from the stories by Arthur Ransome and based on his own childhood adventures in the Lake District, Swallows and Amazons ...

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The Muppets Take the O2 – The O2 Arena, London

Reviewer: Mark Clegg Jim Henson’s furry creations have been around for over sixty years, but they really secured their place in pop culture history in the late 1970s with The Muppet Show, its perfect blend of anarchy, knowing humour and sweet sentimentalism meaning that it was an immediate hit with all ages. Thanks to eight movies, countless other projects and ...

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