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Festive 16/17

Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Action Transport & Unity present Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf

Writer: Kevin Dyer Composer: Patrick Dineen Director: Nina Hajiyianni Reviewer: Tate James This festive family offering is a treat from the minute we enter the woods until we leave at the end, humming the tunes. The Unity Theatre is transformed into a dark and mysterious forest direct from the pages of a storybook in a witty and intelligent production that ...

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Jack and The Beanstalk – Customs House, South Shields

Gareth Hunter Natasha Haws, Luke Maddison and Doddington the cow

Writer: Ray Spencer and Graeme Thompson Director: Ray Spencer              Musical Director: Dave Bintley Choreographer: Jacqui West Reviewer: Anna Ambelez    Sometimes, a pantomime needs no moralising, just a good tale where the good guys win. And, as the fairy says, “nothing can harm you …” as long as she is around. Jack and the Beanstalk is a traditional English fairy story ...

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Peter and the Starcatcher – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

The cast of Peter and the Starcatcher

Writer: Rick Elice Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: James Garrington Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up – the lost boys, battles with pirates, and the children who fly with him to Neverland. What happened before the book, though? How did the boys get there, why don’t they grow up? Peter and the Starcatcher promises to ...

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Anthony Neilson (based on the work of Lewis Carroll) Director: Anthony Neilson Reviewer: Dominic Corr After 165 years, Lewis Carroll's masterstroke of literature, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, is still perhaps the single most influential piece of fantasy work in both British and global fantasy. Its utter absurdity located in character, setting and its departure from traditional storytelling, make it ...

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The Snaw Queen – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

darren brownlie christopher jordan marshall snaw queen tron theatre glasgow

Writer: Johnny McKnight Director: Johnny McKnight Choreographer: Darren Brownlie Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The news that Johnny McKnight was back at the helm of the Tron panto for 2016 was met with almost universal relief. After a slight misstep last year, Scotland's king of modern panto is back in Glasgow and The Snaw Queen marks a return to the top-class festive form ...

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The Snow Queen – Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre

Writer: Llinos Mai Director: Jon Dafydd-Kidd Reviewer: Beth Steer An adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s famous Christmas story, The Snow Queen, Hijinx Odyssey's production brings the classic tale to life in a new way. The spirit of Odyssey – an inclusive community group for adults with and without learning disabilities who share a passion for performance – shines through the ...

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Cara Dillon: Upon a Winter’s Night – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham  Christmas records tend to be novelty items intended to cash in on festive sentiment rather than creating an artistically valid product. But if anyone can challenge the cynical trend it must be Cara Dillon; an artist so principled she often sings only in Gaelic. As the concert at The Lowry makes clear Upon a Winter’s Night is by ...

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Scouse of the Rising Sun – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: Kevin Fearon Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: John Roberts Regular lead in the Royal Court's Christmas show Michael Starke has jumped ship to the Playhouse Theatre to take the lead in new musical hall inspired show The Star and it would appear he is not the only one taking a break from the festivities this year – the critically acclaimed ...

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