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Chotto Desh  – Sadler’s Wells, London

Akram Khan Comapy's Chotto Desh

Writers: Karthika Nair, Sue Buckmaster, Akram Khan Composer: Jocelyn Pook Choreographer: Akram Khan Director: Sue Buckmaster Reviewer: David Guest Mime, dance, animation and storytelling combine for a charming piece of theatre for children which will also resonate with adults. Akram Khan’s Chotto Desh does exactly what it says on the label: it is a shortened, family-friendly version of his fiercely autobiographical ...

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Disney On Ice: Dream Big – Manchester Arena

Director: Patty Vincent Choreographer: Cindy Stuart Reviewer: John Roberts Feld Entertainment have been working alongside Disney to produce family-friendly entertainment for over a decade and this latest spectacle on their Disney On Ice franchise certainly packs lots of charm and enchantment for the young at heart especially during Mickey Mouse's 90th Birthday year. Disney on Ice: Dream Big see’s characters from ...

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Summer Holiday: The Musical – Darlington Hippodrome

Based on the film screenplay by Ronald Cass and Peter Myers Adapted by Michael Gyngell and Mark Haddigan Director and Choreographer: Racky Plews Reviewer: Mark Clegg Amazingly it has been five-and-a-half decades since Cliff Richard boarded a London Bus and toured Europe in the movie Summer Holiday, and it remains a firm favourite from a bygone era. Now, no doubt ...

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Quest – The Lowry, Salford

Writers: Breaking Tradition Director: Damien Barber Reviewer: Sam Lowe You are about to enter the virtual land of Quest.It is inside a computer game where folk dance, hip hop, martial arts, and "nostalgic" gaming music can be encountered. This is an intriguing premise. Unfortunately, it's one of those scenarios where it maybe looks amazing in your imagination, but fails to ...

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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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