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The Grand Old Dame of York – York Theatre Royal

Writer: Berwick Kaler Directors: Damian Cruden, Berwick Kaler Designer: Mark Walters Musical Director: Elliot Styche Choreographer: Grace Harrington The Grand Old Dame of York is less a pantomime than an occasion – a unique one at that; celebratory, thoroughly entertaining and often very funny, though somewhat unstructured to a fault. Berwick Kaler’s achievement is remarkable, as is the devotion he ...

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Rumpelstiltskin – Southbank Centre, London

Writer: Rosemary Myers and Julianne O’Brien Director: Tim Rosemary Myers Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It’s pretty hard to imagine any of the stories included in the Brothers Grimm collection being any weirder and Rumpelstiltskin, which pre-dates the Brothers by thousands of years, with its morality tale about a child stealing mischievous imp is one of the darkest of the fairy tales. ...

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Aladdin – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer and Director: Richard Gauntlett Reviewer: Lu Greer The time has arrived at the Norwich Theatre Royal once again when giant wigs and near day glow costumes grace the stage when the panto arrives in town. The show, again written and directed by Theatre Royal stalwart Richard Gauntlett, this time takes on an adventure to the Far East in the ...

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Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Ben Crocker Director: Chris Lawson Musical Director: Matt Marks Choreographer: Natasha Harrison Reviewer: Ron Simpson CAST’s pantomime proceeds along essentially traditional lines, but has one unique feature and one that is certainly slightly unusual. For the third year running, CAST presents the only fully British Sign Language interpreted pantomime, with Naomi Gray, a colourful and spirited presence on the ...

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Snow White and the Happy Ever After Beauty Salon – Oval House

Writer: Mike Akers Director: Hannah Mulder Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Panto season is in full swing and there are Snow Whites stacked up as options for an evening’s entertainment. The Wrong Crowd, who produce this show, are possibly banking on some parents being sick of shouting “he’s behind you” year on year and want a credible alternative without straying too far ...

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The Gruffalo’s Child and the Highway Rat – Huddersfield Town Hall

Writer: Based on the books by Julia Donaldson Composer: René Aubry Conductor: Terry Davies Reviewer: Laura Stimpson Animations based on books written by Julia Donaldson are becoming a Christmas tradition, thanks to the BBC having released a new one, aired on Christmas day for the last few years.  What a great opportunity presented at Christmas time by The Orchestra of ...

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Robin Hood – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Maggie Constable If you are fancying a fun foray into the forest, Sherwood in fact, there is no better place to be than Milton Keynes Theatre for the next month or so. It’s time to don those green tights and join in the adventures of Robin Hood, starring family-favourite actor Shane Richie in ...

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Peter Pan – Sheffield Lyceum

Writer and Director: Paul Hendy Musical Director: Phil Hornsey Choreographer: Sarah Langley Reviewer: Janet Jepson Peter Pan is something of a tradition in Christmas shows at Sheffield Theatres, and has graced the stages of either the Lyceum or the Crucible four times since the beginning of the 1980s. Flying back through the years to 2010, 2000, 1992 and 1982, various ...

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