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Festive 16/17

Aladdin – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Jamie Smith Director: Gerry Tebbutt Musical Director: Bryan Hodgson Choreographer: Jill Francis Reviewer: Bill Avenell One of the joys of going to Guildford for our annual dose of ‘Oh no he isn’t’ and ‘Look behind you’ is that we know exactly what you are going to get and don’t have to worry about whether you have seen the relevant ...

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Aladdin – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Adam C Booth as Wishee Washee, Ian Adams as Widow Twankey and Stefan Pejic as Abanazar

Writers: Michael Harrison and Alan McHugh Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: Clare White Pantomime wishes have been granted in Wolverhampton this festive session, as the Grand Theatre delivers a magical production. With more glitter, sparkle and silliness than ever before, Aladdin is a fun family spectacle. The story is a jam-packed mash-up of the traditional Arabian adventure, set in both China and Egypt, complete ...

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Jonny Bowles Reviewer: Dan English Seasoned entertainer Joe Pasquale returns for yet another seasonal offering in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs the pantomime at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre. As the loveably hapless Muddles, Pasquale leads a delightful cast across the highly enjoyable production, marking the beginning of the festive period. The production continues the trend at ...

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Aladdin – Opera House, Manchester

Writer and Director: Eric Potts  Reviewer: Richard Hall With its origins in the Tales of The Arabian Nights, the story of Aladdin featuring a rags to riches hero who overcomes adversity to win the girl of his dreams has been entertaining pantomime audiences for over 200 years. This slick and lavish production confidently carries on the tradition, delivering a pitch-perfect-panto ...

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Dick Whittington – Milton Keynes Theatre

Dick Whittington from Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Russell Labey Reviewer: Maggie Constable It’s behind you! Well, actually it’s not, but yes it’s that time again! Dick Whittington the panto has arrived at Milton Keynes Theatre. Dick Whittington and his trusted feline friend, Tommy, set off on their fun-filled quest for fame and fortune in London where, in a slight retelling of the traditional ...

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Snow White – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Jane Joseph Reviewer: John Roberts With Snow White, Jane Joseph has found a magical mix of music and merriment to bring the massive Empire Theatre alive this Christmas. It might not be as fast paced as last year's production of Dick Whittington, but it certainly strikes gold. Snow White may not be full of the biggest ...

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Aladdin – Grand Opera House, York

Director: Stuart Wade Costume Designer: Rachael Keverne Rath Set Designer: Alan Miller-Bunford Musical Director: Dean McDermot Reviewer: Louise Jones Three Bears Productions promises its first pantomime at the Grand Opera House will be “the biggest pantomime ever to be staged at the theatre”. Going off such a tall order, it’s a little underwhelming when we’re met with what’s quite a ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Charter Theatre, Preston

Writer/Director: Phil Walker Reviewer: John Roberts Jack and the Beanstalk is only the second in-house production for the Charter Theatre following the success of last year's Sleeping Beauty. The theatre has once again brought comedian Phil Walker back to write, direct and star in this year's pantomime. If it all sounds a little “write the theme tune, sing the theme tune” ...

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