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Festive 16/17

Robin Hood – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Director and Choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: David Jobson If you want to see a panto that is traditional, gives all the characters their moment in the limelight and doesn’t have endless childish and double entendre humour, then Robin Hood at the Mayflower isn’t for you. If you're after a panto that has spectacular production values, gives its stars all the ...

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writers: Jonathan Kiley and Alan McHugh Director: Jonathan Kiley Reviewer: Hannah Stamp Pantomime season rolls around once again and no expense has been spared in producing a glittering ensemble of stunning costumes and scenery to bring this fairy tale to life. However, while the production is certainly a feast for the eyes, it fails to produce the same delight for ...

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Roy Wood’s Rockmas – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Carol Lovatt Roy Wood is very much on home turf at the Symphony Hall and the fact it was packed to full capacity clearly emphasises just how much this son of Birmingham is still very much appreciated and admired.  With a history spanning over five decades, Roy Wood’s name will be forever associated with the classic of the festive ...

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Cinderella – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Andrew Pollard Music: Rebekah Hughes Director: Joyce Branagh Reviewer: Ruth Jepson If there is a classic in the land of pantomimes, then it has to be Cinderella. The rags to riches tale of a poor girl, banished to the kitchens by her evil stepsisters, with only the mice and her good friend Buttons for company. That is, until her ...

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Winter Wonderland – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Musical Director: David Le Page Reviewer: Ron Simpson There are many different types of Christmas celebration concert and Winter Wonderland was the sort that provides more breadth than depth, 15 named items in a programme of some 70 minutes, very accomplished playing in a variety of styles. It’s no wonder that, in the musicians’ biographies, one commented that since she ...

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The Gingerbread Mix-Up – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: Martin Murphy Director: Richard Croxford Reviewer: Colm G Doran This festive season The Lyric Theatre is brimming with Christmas celebration, especially in their Danske Bank stage which is currently home to The Gingerbread Mix-Up. Written by Martin Murphy and directed by Richard Croxford; this is a show that embodies fairy-tales, Halloween and Christmas pantomime all rolled into one. It ...

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Christmas with Clare Teal – Town Hall, Birmingham

Clare Teal

Reviewer: James Garrington Christmas music over the last couple of decades seems to be dominated by either Slade and Wizzard, or Mariah Carey and The Pogues. If you want something a bit different, though, you could try Christmas with Clare Teal for an evening of jazzy big band music with a Christmas flavour. Joining Teal is Gary Williams, a well-known ...

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Robin Hood – Egg, Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer and Director: Greg Banks Music: Thomas Johnson Designer: Hannah Wolfe Choreographer: Naomi Said Reviewer: Harry Mottram Liberation day is coming sing the outlaws in Greg Banks’s urban toned muscular production of Robin Hood. Four modern-day homeless people sit around a fire lit in an old dustbin complaining about their lot before re-telling the story of the Sherwood Forest Medieval ...

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