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The Witches – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Roald Dahl Adaptor: David Wood Director: Nikolai Foster Music: Dougal Irvine Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Marking what would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday this year, this latest production of The Witches proves Dahl’s writing has as much relevance and holds just as much mass appeal with modern audiences as when his work was first published. Produced in association with ...

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Cinderella – The Carriageworks, Leeds

Musical Director: Adam Blosse Director: David McNeill Choreographer: Clare Kennedy Reviewer: Janet Jepson The first performance of a pantomime called Cinderella took place at The Theatre Royal in London’s Drury Lane in 1804, but based on the Italian opera La Cenerentola it was a very different version to the one that audiences know and love today. The story has evolved ...

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Cinderella: A Fairytale – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Devised by: The Company Revival Director: Chris Pirie Reviewer: Chris Oldham Gearing up for a recently extended run into the New Year, Cinderella: A Fairytale returns to the Tobacco Factory theatre this Christmas for the first time since its première back in 2011. Taking the Grimm Brothers' version of the well-known fairytale as its template, it tells the story of ...

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Cinderella – Theatre Royal Winchester

Writer and Director: James Barry Reviewer: David Jobson December is upon us and that means one thing - Pantomime.  Nearly every theatre has a Christmas show on the bill. There will be pantomimes full of celebrities, innuendoes by the minute, pop songs and big special effects.  James Barry has written many pantomimes for local and amateur theatres, with Cinderella being ...

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Alice in Wonderland – Derby Theatre

The cast of Alice in Wonderland

Writer: Mike Kenny after the book by Lewis Carroll Director: Sarah Brigham Reviewer: Dave Smith With a more traditional panto taking place across the city at Derby Arena for the Christmas season, Derby Theatre has instead opted for an adaptation of one of our best-loved children’s stories, Alice in Wonderland (with Tweedledum and Tweedledee sneaking in from Through the Looking ...

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Aladdin: The Wok and Roll Panto – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Nicola Martinus-Smith and Josh Tye in Aladdin – The Wok 'n' Roll Panto at Theatr Clwyd, Mold. Photo: Brian Roberts

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Mel Duncan A panto is a Christmas staple – a treat bringing families together, and a brilliant way to get into the festive spirit.  The Rock and Roll panto at Theatr Clwyd has established itself firmly in the North West and North Walian calendar as a family friendly must see – the question ...

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Dick Whittington – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writers: Daniel Buckroyd, Fine Time Fontayne Director: Daniel Buckroyd Musical Director: Richard Reeday Choreographer: Charlie Morgan Reviewer: Michael Gray Beneath the impressive 21st Century gloss, and despite the Trump gags, this is a warmly traditional panto, its appeal effortlessly spanning the generations. Director and co-writer Daniel Buckroyd has wisely re-hired many of last year's Aladdin company; they seem very much ...

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Dick Whittington – Harrogate Theatre

The Cat Who Cant Talk

Writers: Phil Lowe/David Bown Director: Phil Lowe Musical Director: Nick Lacey Choreographer: David Kar Hing Lee Reviewer: Ron Simpson Pantomime traditionally plays tricks with the gender of the characters, but Harrogate’s gleeful version of Dick Whittington goes further than most. A mixture of tradition and innovation gives us, in addition to the customary Dame,  a splendidly old-style Principal Boy together ...

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