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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

gregor fisher juliet cadzow in snow white kings theatre glasgow

Writers: Eric Potts Choreographer: Ian West Director: Eric Potts Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald The Kings pantomime is a Glasgow institution. However, this year, the classic tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs fails to live up to the high standards the theatre is renowned for. The main issue lies in Eric Potts' script. Cultural references are dated and unfunny; mentions ...

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CD REVIEW: Richard Woodford – Because of You

Album cover to Richard Woodford's debut album, Because of You

Reviewer: Holly Spanner With two decades of experience in the musical theatre industry, this debut album from Richard Woodford has been long awaited. During his career, to date, he has been involved in 11 major productions and is now somewhat spoilt for choice when it comes to material. It includes a selection of tracks from shows he has performed in, ...

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Sleeping Beauty – Hull Truck Theatre

Telling Tales - cast members including Annabel Betts, centre in Sleeping Beauty

Writer: Mike Kenny Director: Mark Babych Composer/MD: James Frewer Set/Lighting Designer: Ciaran Bagnall Reviewer: Ron Simpson Hull Truck Theatre has certainly pulled out all the stops with Sleeping Beauty. From the party atmosphere in the foyers, the cast members roaming the audience before the start, to the colourful set designed and beautifully lit by Ciaran Bagnall, the audience is left ...

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The Dead: An Opera – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Music: Ellen Cranitch Libretto: Tom Swift Director: Jo Mangan Reviewer: David Keane Based on James Joyce’s classic short story from Dubliners, this is a pared back operatic version of The Dead, with libretto by playwright Tom Swift and music by Ellen Cranitch. The Dead tells the tale of Gabriel Conroy (Rory Musgrave) who attends his aunts’ post-Christmas party, held on ...

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Into The Woods – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Amy Ellen Richardson and Alex Gaumond in Into The Woods

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Original Book: James Lapine Director: Matthew Xia Reviewer: Matt Forrest   It’s Christmas time, which invariably means that across the land, Panto season is upon us. All over the country pantomimes will be in full swing, most loosely based on the fairy tales so familiar with our childhood, but imagine a production which has interwoven ...

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Grimethorpe Colliery Band: Brassed Off at Christmas – The Lowry, Salford

Conductor: Brian Grant Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace   The Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band is widely recognised as a world-class institution having come from humble beginnings in 1917. Originally formed and financed by the local colliery, the band have enjoyed tremendous success throughout its history, but it was their participation in the 1995 film Brassed Off that threw the band into the ...

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Nutcracker! The Musical – Pleasance Theatre, London

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Book and lyrics: Nancy Holson Director: Ollie Fielding Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Tchaikovsky’s TheNutcracker is everywhere each Christmas - in opera houses, on ice and now as a musical on the fringe - but isn’t stripping it of its dance a little bit like performing Shakespeare’s Hamlet without words? When the centrepiece of the second act ...

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