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Christmas Carol: A Fairy Tale – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Piers Torday Director: Stephanie Street Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Charles Dickens’s original story of A Christmas Carol is, there’s no disguising it, a male story. Ebenezer interacts almost exclusively with men, from put-upon clerk Bob Cratchit to cheery nephew Fred. All the ghosts, from Jacob Marley to the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, are male. The ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Jonny Bowles Choreographer: Jonny Bowles Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys If it’s a big traditional panto with plenty of glitz and sparkle you’re looking for, then Glasgow King’s certainly delivers year on year. This year’s offering is Jack and the Beanstalk, starring local panto treasures Elaine C. Smith and Johnny Mac, and save for these two local favourites, ...

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Peter Pan – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writers: Georgia Christou and Liam Steel adapted from the play and book by J. M. Barrie Director: Liam Steel Reviewer: Selwyn Knight In the programme notes to Peter Pan, director Liam Steel says he wanted to, ‘create a new adaptation … that reflected the audience of today.’ He also wanted it to be very much Wendy’s story.  Wendy Darling and ...

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Mother Goose – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer and Director: Paul Hendy Reviewer: Dan English There are very few things in the 21st century that can be classed as a modern staple of the festive season. Arguing over who gets the console controller first or debating which film to stream next could both fall into this category, but without a doubt, a tradition in the south-east is ...

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The Nativity Panto – King’s Head Theatre, London

Book: John Savournin Music and Lyrics: David Eaton Director: John Savournin Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Christmas pantomimes, as a rule, tend to be based on a core set of fairy tales – although, of late, stories like Pinocchio or Peter Pan have joined the canon. The other type of Christmas story, the Nativity play, tends to be restricted to primary schools. Now ...

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The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit- Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Music and Lyrics: Andre Catrini Book: Allan Knee Director: Johnathan O’Boyle Designer: Gregor Donnelly Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Author Allan Knee takes a surprising approach to the daunting challenge of devising a sequel to one of the most-loved festive stories ever- Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. In The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit the title character, the former Tiny Tim, is ...

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The Scouse Snow White – Royal Court Liverpool

Writer: Kevin Fearon Director: Chris Mellor Reviewer: John Roberts As Christmas draws ever closer and regional venues up and down the country start presenting their festive offerings of family-friendly productions. Here in Liverpool, the Royal Court buck the annual trend by offering a production more fit for adult audiences. It would be fair to say that over the past few ...

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Cinderella – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Guy Unsworth Reviewer: James Garrington It’s panto time in Nottingham. This year’s offering at the Theatre Royal is Cinderella – and it’s everything that we’ve come to expect from a Theatre Royal panto. A star-studded cast, beautiful costumes and stunning special effects are the order of the day, and this panto has them all. Headlining this ...

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