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Festive 16/17

Cinderella – Floral Pavilion, New Brighton

Writer: Andrew Ryan Director: Andrew Margerison Reviewer: John Roberts UK Productions have over the past few years produced some of the most engaging pantomimes in the region and this year’s production of Cinderella is as expected charming and sweet - good for a quick burst of energy but sadly leaves you wanting a little more from it. In the titular ...

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Horrible Histories: Horrible Christmas – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Terry Deary Director: Neal Foster  Reviewer: Matt Forrest The Horrible Histories juggernaut has been rolling along for some years now. Starting life as a series of children's books by actor/author Terry Deary published in 1993, the books were later turned into a TV series produced by CBBC from 2009 to the present day. Now in its sixth season and ...

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Cinderella – Bristol Hippdrome

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Anthony Houghton Reviewer: Kris Hallett Strawberries and cream at Wimbledon. Rule Britannia at The Last Night Of The Proms. The English football team disappointing at a major football tournament. Yelling he’s behind you in a full theatre over the Christmas season. Some things are quintessentially British and no other theatre ecology in the world embraces the ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Forum Studio Theatre, Chester

Writer: Peter Swingler Director: Steve Davies Reviewer: John Roberts Throughout the entire of run of Jack and The Beanstalk, this hard-working cast will have played to the equivalent audience of two nights at the Liverpool Empire, but that doesn't stop this diminutive delight from hitting high on heart and delivering a mighty fine pantomime that gives the local multi-million pound ...

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The Star – Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool

Writer: Michael Wynne Director: Philip Wilson Reviewer: Tate James It is 150 years since the theatre we know today opened its doors as the Star Music Hall and, to celebrate the anniversary, the Liverpool Playhouse have made The Star the titular character of their Christmas offering as they invite us all to step back to the days of variety, with ...

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No Knowing – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Alan Ayckbourn Designer: Kevin Jenkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson Though No Knowing is far from Alan Ayckbourn at his best, it could well have an extended shelf-life as a pleasant simply-staged season’s end or festive season diversion as it is here. The cast of four get their reward for participating in the taxing Henceforward... by enjoying a ...

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – The Lyceum, Sheffield

Writer and Director: Paul Hendy Musical Director: Francis Goodhand Choreographer: Sarah Langley Reviewer: Janet Jepson The Lyceum Theatre is well-known in the region for pulling out all the stops when it comes to pantomimes, and they just seem to get better and better. On the face of it, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs isn’t really an exciting story and ...

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