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Cinderella – St Helens Theatre Royal

Cast of Cinderella

Writer: Jane Joseph and Liam Mellor Director: Chantelle Nolan Reviewer: John Roberts   As pantomimes go, if you ask any young girl their favourite, most would probably answer Cinderella and why not? Who doesn’t love arags-to-riches story? Running just under a hefty three hours, this production could do with a bit of an energy injection and a judicious trim to ...

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Robin Hood – Theatre Royal, Stratford East

The Robin Hood Company at Theatre Royal, Stratford East

Writers: Trish Cooke and Robert Hyman Director: Kerry Michael Reviewer:Dan Humphries   We all know the story of Robin Hood, right? Hundreds of years after the dragons leave Strattyham,Robin and his band of…. wait, that doesn’t sound right? Stratford East’s annual panto returns with a bang this year, relocating and reinventing the classic story of Robin Hood, moved from Nottingham ...

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The Ballad of Rudy, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Production Image of The Ballad of Rudy

Writer: Matt Borgatti Lyrics: Will Dollard, Mary Erskine and David Lydon Director: Andrew Barry Reviewer: Holly Sharp The Ballad of Rudy. Okay it’s a kid show, but with promises of a morning in which you’ll “sing the blues with a polar bear, jam with the puffins and beat-box with an Arctic Fox”, forget how much fun the kids are going ...

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Aladdin – The New Theatre, Cardiff

The cast of Aladdin

Director: Sam Kane Reviewer: Beth Steer After a roaring success during its run last year, the star-spangled cast of classic Christmas pantomime Aladdin is back by popular demand to Cardiff’s New Theatre. An ‘Aladdin’s cave of unmissable entertainment’, the show packs a punch with a celebrity cast, a great set and costume design, exciting special effects and a whole lot ...

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Peter Pan – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

John Altman and Ensemble in Peter Pan at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: JM Barrie Adaptor: Alan McHugh Director: David Burrows Choreographer: Steven Harris Reviewer: Clare White Pantomime season gets off to a flying start at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, as Peter Pan soars into town, with more pirates, laughter and magic than you can poke a glittery fairy wand at. Peter Pan isn’t your traditional pantomime tale – there is no ...

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Hansel & Gretel – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Peter Basham as Hansel and Elinor Lawless as Gretel

Writer: Mike Kenny Director: Henry Bell Designer: Lucy Weller Reviewer: Ron Simpson Mike Kenny is an expert at approaching children’s stories from an unusual angle, telling them from an oblique viewpoint, often that of invented characters who play a rôle in the traditional story. In this respect his version of Hansel &Gretel is less original than many of his other ...

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The Little Match Girl – Lilian Baylis Studio, London

The cast of The Little Match Girl at Sadler's Wells Theatre

Director and Choreographer: Arthur Pita Music: Frank Moon Reviewer: Michael Gray   It’s hard to pigeon-hole Arthur Pita’s The Little Match Girl. It is “Dance Theatre”, officially, but this unique entertainment embraces so many genres and influences, in a very satisfying hour on the stage. It has a distinctly European feel – though Hans Christian Andersen’s Denmark seems a long ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Billy Pearce, Lisa Reilly, Jake Canuso and Adam Stafford in Jack & the Beanstalk. Photo: Nigel Hillier

Writer: Michael Harrison and Alan McHugh Music: James McCullagh Lyrics: Beth Eden Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Sue Collier Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre is as alive as a theatre could be. A vocally strong children’s choir and a wonderful Santa welcome the audience. There is a charming sense of excited expectation as the audience clutched their 3D glasses and activity filled programmes. ...

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