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Festive 16/17

The Snow Queen – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Ian Toner Director: Sarah Finlay Reviewer: Laura Marriott Gerda and Kay live in a watery town in a watery world. All ice and snow have been lost in the warming. Now people travel by gondolas and school children are told tales by their teachers about how in the past awful thing happened such as cold, gloves, scarves, carols and ...

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The Snow Queen – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: Vivienne Franzmann Composer, Lyricist and Musical Director: Gwyneth Herbert Director: Lee Lyford Reviewer: Chris Oldham Christmas at the Old Vic is typically a classy affair, with no expense spared bringing anything from a beloved, to a lesser-known fairy tale to life. Visually at least, this year's telling of Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen more than fits the bill. ...

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The Witches – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Roald Dahl Adaptor: David Wood Director: Nikolai Foster Music: Dougal Irvine Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Marking what would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday this year, this latest production of The Witches proves Dahl’s writing has as much relevance and holds just as much mass appeal with modern audiences as when his work was first published. Produced in association with ...

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Cinderella – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Morag Fullarton Choreographer: Ian West Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald This year sees the anticipated return of what may well be the iconic pantomime tale, Cinderella. With a star-studded cast and fresh take on the classic plot, Cinderella does well in presenting an engaging, funny and exciting magical adventure. Cinderella tells the tale of an unlikely meeting between ...

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Cinderella – The Carriageworks, Leeds

Musical Director: Adam Blosse Director: David McNeill Choreographer: Clare Kennedy Reviewer: Janet Jepson The first performance of a pantomime called Cinderella took place at The Theatre Royal in London’s Drury Lane in 1804, but based on the Italian opera La Cenerentola it was a very different version to the one that audiences know and love today. The story has evolved ...

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Cinderella: A Fairytale – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Devised by: The Company Revival Director: Chris Pirie Reviewer: Chris Oldham Gearing up for a recently extended run into the New Year, Cinderella: A Fairytale returns to the Tobacco Factory theatre this Christmas for the first time since its première back in 2011. Taking the Grimm Brothers' version of the well-known fairytale as its template, it tells the story of ...

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Strictly Ballroom The Musical – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Sam Lips and Gemma Sutton in Strictly Ballroom at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Writer: Baz Luhrmann &Craig Pearce Music:  Various Director  &Choreographer: Drew McOnie Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Following a successful Australian run, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical is making its UK Première at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.  First produced as a stage play in 1984, it was reimagined for film in 1992, with original Director and Co-Writer Luhrmann also directing. This proved ...

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Cinderella – Theatre Royal Winchester

Writer and Director: James Barry Reviewer: David Jobson December is upon us and that means one thing - Pantomime.  Nearly every theatre has a Christmas show on the bill. There will be pantomimes full of celebrities, innuendoes by the minute, pop songs and big special effects.  James Barry has written many pantomimes for local and amateur theatres, with Cinderella being ...

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