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Festive 13/14

The Snowman – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Raymond Briggs Music and lyrics: Howard Blake Director: Bill Alexander Reviewer: James Garrington It is over thirty years since The Snowman first appeared on our screens as an animation, on Boxing Day in 1982. Since then, it has remained a popular family treat for Christmas, not only as the original book and animation, but also the very popular stage ...

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The Snow Spider – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Adapted by Delyth Jones and James Lark from a story by Jenny Nimmo Director: Delyth Jones Reviewer: T. L. Wiswell [rating:3] A children’s play about a magical spider that helps a young boy on a dangerous adventure? After a month of poufy pantos, limp Nutcrackers, and disappointing Dickens, this seemed like a great change of pace, even if it was ...

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Thumbelina’s Great Big Adventure – The Junction, Cambridge

Writer: Hans Christian Andersen devisers: Valentina Ceschi, Thomas Eccleshare, Rew Lowe, Tom Penn Director: Valentina Ceschi and Thomas Eccleshare Reviewer: Flip Miller The tale of Thumbelina is a tried and tested one and the Dancing Brick company certainly bring it to life and add their own quirky twist on the Hans Christian Andersen classic. The story is of a diminutive ...

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The Hundred and One Dalmatians – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme

Writer: Dodi Smith Adaptor: Theresa Heskins Music/Lyrics: James Atherton Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Matthew Jackson [Rating:4] The New Vic are seeing spots this year with their production of TheHundred and One Dalmatians, renowned for their Christmas productions they certainly haven’t missed a trick this year with this rare staging of Dodie Smith’s classic. TheHundred and OneDalmatianshas many elements to shake ...

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – The Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer: Alan McHugh and Michaels Harrison Director: Michael Harrison Reviewer: James Garrington There are three things you can pretty much guarantee at Christmas: the shops will be crowded; the tree lights won’t work; and the Hippodrome will present a blockbuster pantomime. This year’s pantomime is no exception to that rule. Producers Qdos have once again pulled all the stops out ...

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Cinderella – Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

Director: David Samuel Musical Director: Chris Huntley Reviewer: Glen Pearce It’s a stormy December night at England’s most easterly panto but inside the Marina Theatre its warmth and smiles another new generation of future theatregoers gets its first taste of live theatre The Marina may not have the world’s largest stage but that doesn’t stop it pulling out all the ...

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Red Riding Hood – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Mike Kenny Music: Julian Butler Director: Matt Aston Reviewer: Linford Butler “There are lots of different sorts of stories, rags to riches stories for example, where the hero or heroine starts in a bad place and ends up living happily (probably ever after). Little Red Riding Hood isn’t like that.” So begins Mike Kenny’s introduction to the programme for ...

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