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Festive 16/17

Beauty & The Beast – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: Chris Hannon Musical Director: Ward Baker Director: Karen Simpson Reviewer: Flip Miller Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the annual visit to a traditional family pantomime and, this year, it’s the turn of Beauty &The Beast at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. The story has the classic threads that we all know and love.  The mysterious Beast, the shy ...

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Aladdin – Lyceum Theatre, Crewe

Writer: Jonathan Kiley and Alan McHugh Director: David Fleeshman Reviewer: John Roberts After the stunning success of last year's pantomime, Cinderella, the Lyceum Theatre was always going to struggle to find a production to match or even better its brilliant blend of storytelling and sensational cast. Being truly honest, this year's offering of Aladdin, while very enjoyable, lacks the punch and energy ...

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Aladdin – Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Writer: Paul Ferguson Director: Paul Ferguson Musical Arranger: Simon Barnard Choreographer: Alison Hefferon Reviewer: Anna Ambelez   Street urchin Aladdin (Sam Ebenezer) dreams of marrying the love of his life, Princess Jasmine (Charlotte Chinn), but unless he can turn his fortune around, his dream will never come true. Hope appears in the shape of the sorcerer Abanazer (Shane Lynch), who ...

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Stoat Hall – Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich

Writers: Julian Harries and Pat Whymark Director: Pat Whymark Musical Director: Pat Whymark Reviewer: Michael Gray Toad Hall? Wolf Hall? The inspiration behind this bit of harmless fun is mostly Mantel – a Tudor rose projected onto the boards, Thomas Crudwell given a brief mention - but the Bard is in the mix too, together with Adele and Geoffrey Chaucer. ...

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Beauty and the Beast – The Grange Theatre, Hartford

Writer: Daniel Bell Director: Oliver Scott Reviewer: John Roberts The Grange Theatre in Hartford is on their third pantomime producer in as many years and this year's production is produced by KD Theatre Productions. KD is no stranger to producing pantomime and their production of Beauty and the Beast, while not perfect, certainly shows more heart and soul than many ...

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Treasure Island – Avenue Theatre, Ipswich

Writer &Director: Joanna Carrick (Source material: Robert Louis Stevenson) Reviewer: Paul Pearce-Couch When Robert Louis Stevenson started writing Treasure Island in 1881, it was a boys’ own adventure tale for children of the well-to-do but, as usual, Red Rose Chain takes it and creates something quite surreal. While Joanna Carrick has kept with Stevenson’s original plot, the story is almost ...

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Snow White – Southport Theatre

Writer: Iain Lauchlan Director: David Janson Reviewer: John Roberts Steve and Sarah Boden of Imagine Theatre state in the show's programme that they have a team of creatives and musicians who “understand what audiences want from their pantomimes and are able to provide some of the slickest, funniest and most spectacular shows you will see anywhere in the UK” - ...

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Sweet Charity – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Book: Neil Simon Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Dorothy Fields Director: Derek Bond Reviewer: Tate James This musical theatre comedy makes a sweet Christmas treat at the Royal Exchange. When Sweet Charity burst onto the Broadway Stage in the 60s, it encapsulated the spirit of the decade and, 50 years later, it still charms and delights as we follow our happy-go-lucky ...

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