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Cinderella – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Writer: Alan McHugh with Pete Firman Director: Michael Gyngell Reviewer: Richard Maguire Wimbledon always knows how to put on a panto and, even if this year’s production lacks the big names of earlier shows, this Cinderella is a hit. With sparkling costumes, fireworks, floating coaches, and enough jokes for kids and adults alike, this pantomime is heart-warmingly old school. In ...

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Cinderella – Sheffield Theatres (Lyceum, Sheffield)

Written and Directed by: Paul Hendy Musical Director: James Harrison Choreography: Sarah Langley Reviewed by: Ruth Jepson Ah, Cinderella! Probably the best known pantomime of them all. Surely everyone knows the story by now – a downtrodden pseudo-servant girl is granted a wish by her Fairy Godmother, meets a Prince and loses a very expensive shoe, all set against a ...

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The Lost Thing – The Royal Opera House, London

Words and Music: Jules Maxwell Director: Ben Wright Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The high art forms of dance and opera feel like the last to embrace the inclusion of disabled artists into their regular programming and The Lost Thing, a co-production between the Royal Opera House and Candoco Dance Company, is an attempt to redress the balance with an adaptation of ...

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Opera House, Manchester  

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Guy Unsworth Reviewer: Kate Goerner Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the Opera House Manchester’s panto – this year sees Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs being brought to life with a Strictly big-name baddie in Craig Revel Horwood. Last year’s near-perfect production of Cinderella saw producers Qudos really find their feet in Manchester – so there ...

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Floral Pavilion, New Brighton 

Writer: Andrew Ryan Director: Andrew Margerison Reviewer: Alisha McCracken  UK Productions have been producing the most lavish pantomime on the Wirral for the past decade. This year’s production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs doesn’t quite land as well as it should and that’s not down to the hard-working cast but mainly down to a mediocre script by Andrew ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Darlington Hippodrome

Director: Tudor Davies Musical Director: Rick Coates Choreographer: Gerry Zuccarello Reviewer: Mark Clegg Although none of the traditional panto stories have much plot, the tale of Jack and his beanstalk may be one of the slightest. Not that this seems to have bothered the creative team behind Darlington Hippodrome’s 2019 Christmas offering – it just gives the cast more time ...

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Goldilocks & The Three Bears – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Allan Stewart & Alan McHugh Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Dominic Corr How on earth have we arrived at Panto season again? Nary a month ago it felt as though Beauty & The Beast was playing at The King’s Theatre in Edinburgh, and now with tremendously happy crowds, our favourite trio returns to the stage once more. Yes, folks, not ...

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Peter Pan – The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Director: Anthony Williams Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen It’s second star to the right and straight on till Blackpool as Peter Pan flies into the Grand Theatre for the festive season. Featuring familiar faces and packed full of storytelling and silliness, this is a pantomime that has plenty for both adults and children alike. Unlike many pantos, the classic story of the ...

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