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Cinderella – The Alhambra, Bradford

Writer: Alan McHugh, with additional material by Billy Pearce Musical Director: James McCullagh Choreographer: Stillie Dee Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Sue Collier Bradford Alhambra’s annual pantomime is always entertaining. On entering the Theatre, one is met by a children’s choir and the friendly and believable Santa who whips up excitement for the days ahead regarding the number of sleeps left ...

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Cinderella – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: John Roberts The Empire Theatre’s annual pantomime may have undergone a change of producer, but that doesn’t mean the largest Christmas show in Merseyside has lost any of its glimmer and shine, in fact this year’s offering of Cinderella starring Duncan James (Prince Charming) and Jodie Prenger (Fairy Godmother) still provides a winning ...

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Slava’s Snow Show – Royal Festival Hall, London

one yellow two green clowns with net

Creator: Slava Polunin  Director: Victor Kramer  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Slava Polunin’s brand of melancholic clowning has become a Royal Festival Hall Christmas tradition. Polunin’s Yellow Clown, with fluffy slippers, oversized yellow onesie and a bulbous red nose, could be a Jim Henson Muppet creation come to life. But for those new to the Slava phenomenon, the opening moments of Slava’s ...

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Christmas with the Rat Pack – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Devised by and Director: Mitch Sebastian Reviewer: Maryam Philpott There are some voices that are so full of atmosphere that they transport you entirely to another era, wistful voices that seem to suggest a simpler more thoughtful time. With Christmas only a few days away, everyone is more reflective and some of the most enduring festive tunes are gentle ballads ...

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Beauty and the Beast – Grand Opera House, York

Director: Stuart Wade Musical Director: Dean McDermott Choreographer: Emily Taylor Reviewer: Mark Clegg Although not a fairy tale that traditionally received the panto treatment, Beauty and the Beast has become increasingly popular to adapt following Disney’s 1991 movie. Having this production coincide with this year’s release of the live-action remake has been a canny business decision and although the basic ...

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Classic Carols – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Adrian Lucas Reviewer: Clare White Raymond Gubbay’s Christmas season kicks off in spectacular style at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham with its annual classic carol concert. Traditional festive favourites mixed with rarer Yuletide treasures and sing-a-long standards are performed by the sublime City of Birmingham Choir, accompanied by the London Concert Orchestra and led by conductor Adrian Lucas. One ...

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A Christmas Carol – Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Eric Gracey from the book by Charles Dickens Director: Jennifer Rigby Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol over a six-week period in 1843. Affected by the conditions in which he saw children work, it was a polemic against the impact of the Industrial Revolution. His story of a miserable miserly moneylender motivated solely to increase his ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Theatre Royal, York

Writers: Berwick Kaler Music: Elliot Styche Director: Damian Cruden and Berwick Kaler Choreographer: Grace Harrington Reviewer: Sophie Dodworth Britain’s longest-serving pantomime dame Berwick Kaler is back once again to entertain the eager Christmas crowd gathered at the York Theatre Royal. Over the decades, the actor has created a seasonal institution and one that is part of many families annual Christmas ...

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