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Festive 16/17

Christmas Concerts – Chichester Festival Theatre

The Band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth and Chichester Cathedral Choir   Conductor: Captain Ian Davis Reviewer : Steve Turner Famed for their versatility, the Royal Marines show this extends well beyond their military prowess and into the realms of entertainment. Conductor, Director of Music and tonight’s compere, Captain Ian Davis, sets the tone early on with some well-chosen quips and ...

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Cinderella – The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Andrew Pollard Director: Martin Berry Musical Director: Joshua Goodman Choreographer: Liz Marsh Reviewer: Michael Gray “Well it's good, but it's not what I'd call traditional...” proclaimed the elderly lady just along the row. She has a point. Andrew Pollard's script has more than a few novel touches. Baron Hardup has expired, leaving his wicked widow free to bully poor ...

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Peter Pan – Exeter Northcott

Writer: J.M Barrie Director: Paul Jepson Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest Neverland. The ticking crocodile. Wendy, John and Michael. Tinkerbell. Captain Hook. Peter Pan. The familiarity of these names and phrases to adults and children, even today, over a hundred years since the play first premièred is testament to the magic of J.M. Barrie's creation. In their first recent solo venture, using ...

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Alice in Wonderland – Derby Theatre

The cast of Alice in Wonderland

Writer: Mike Kenny after the book by Lewis Carroll Director: Sarah Brigham Reviewer: Dave Smith With a more traditional panto taking place across the city at Derby Arena for the Christmas season, Derby Theatre has instead opted for an adaptation of one of our best-loved children’s stories, Alice in Wonderland (with Tweedledum and Tweedledee sneaking in from Through the Looking ...

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Aladdin: The Wok and Roll Panto – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Nicola Martinus-Smith and Josh Tye in Aladdin – The Wok 'n' Roll Panto at Theatr Clwyd, Mold. Photo: Brian Roberts

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Mel Duncan A panto is a Christmas staple – a treat bringing families together, and a brilliant way to get into the festive spirit.  The Rock and Roll panto at Theatr Clwyd has established itself firmly in the North West and North Walian calendar as a family friendly must see – the question ...

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Dick Whittington – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writers: Daniel Buckroyd, Fine Time Fontayne Director: Daniel Buckroyd Musical Director: Richard Reeday Choreographer: Charlie Morgan Reviewer: Michael Gray Beneath the impressive 21st Century gloss, and despite the Trump gags, this is a warmly traditional panto, its appeal effortlessly spanning the generations. Director and co-writer Daniel Buckroyd has wisely re-hired many of last year's Aladdin company; they seem very much ...

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Dick Whittington – Harrogate Theatre

The Cat Who Cant Talk

Writers: Phil Lowe/David Bown Director: Phil Lowe Musical Director: Nick Lacey Choreographer: David Kar Hing Lee Reviewer: Ron Simpson Pantomime traditionally plays tricks with the gender of the characters, but Harrogate’s gleeful version of Dick Whittington goes further than most. A mixture of tradition and innovation gives us, in addition to the customary Dame,  a splendidly old-style Principal Boy together ...

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Sleeping Beauty – City Varieties, Leeds

Morgana the Wicked Witch

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Matt Aston Musical Director: Greg Palmer Designer: Judith Croft Reviewer: Holly Spanner Now in its sixth riotous year, the City Varieties Rock n’ Roll pantomime is back with this year’s offering, Sleeping Beauty. But this is Sleeping Beauty with a difference. Princess Aurora has become Princess Susie, the three good fairies are rolled into the larger ...

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