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Aladdin – Bradford Alhambra

Writer: Alan McHugh, with additional material by Billy Pearce Musical Director: James McCullagh Choreographer: Stillie Dee Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Sue Collier Bradford Alhambra’s 2018 pantomime is that of Aladdin, set in Peking. As the son of Widow Twanky, a lowly washerwoman, Aladdin falls in love with Princess Jasmine. But there is evil afoot from the wicked Abanazar. Can Aladdin ...

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Cinderella – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer & Director: Jamie Smith Reviewer: Alice Fowler Christmas in Guildford only properly begins with The Twelve Days of Christmas, as performed by the Yvonne Arnaud panto: an annual ritual of mayhem and misrule in which custard pies are thrown, knickers hurled and foam and water sprayed in all directions. This year, under the direction of Jamie Smith, things seem ...

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Sleeping Beauty – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Ian Adams Reviewer: Clare White Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s festive family offering is a sparkling affair enjoyed by an audience of all ages. The pantomime production is a madcap farce delivered in the best British tradition and full of laughs - and let’s face it, we could do with a few of those. When Princess Beauty pricks ...

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Dick Whittington- Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Writer: Christian Patterson Director: Zoe Waterman Reviewers: Clare Howdon Theatre Clwyd’s annual ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ Panto is fast becoming a stalwart feature of many Flintshire family’s calendars and after having had the pleasure of experiencing Dick Whittington on a rainy Saturday evening, it isn’t difficult to see why. Not only is Christian Patterson’s take on this classic tale raucously entertaining, but Zoe Waterman’s ...

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Peter Pan – Park Theatre, London

Writer: J. M. BarrieDirector: Jonathan O’BoyleReviewer: Scott MatthewmanAll children, except one, grow up. Until then, there is plenty of time for fantasy – as J M Barrie’s classic play Peter Pandemonstrates. Barrie’s play works best in the context of a child observing the world through the sleepy prism of bedtime stories, just as Peter catches snippets of Cinderella through the bedroom ...

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Operation Ouch Live – Apollo Theatre

Presenters: Dr Chris and Dr Xand van Tulleken Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty “It’s not a Panto” This is possibly the only unsupported claim maid by the identical twin pair through the 70 minute show that rolls from snot and earwax, to viruses, vaccinations and emotional well being. With many rounds of actual “Oh no he isn’t” very much in evidence, the ...

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Cinderella – City Varieties, Leeds

Director: Matt Aston Writer: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Tired of hearing Princesses sing Let It Go, or This is Me? Want a bit more rock and roll with your Pantomime? But still after that traditional feel? Cinderella The Rock n' Roll Panto in Leeds is definitely the show for you! The story has been tweaked slightly – Cinderella (Grace ...

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