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A Christmas Carol – The Town Hall, Chester

Writer: Charles Dickens Music: Matt Baker Adapter/Director: Russ Tunney Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin [Rating:4] Dickins’ classic Christmas tale of Victorian redemption of a miser has found its perfect venue in the Victorian stone surroundings of Chester Town Hall. This inventive telling of a well-known tale began from the moment you climbed the steps into the entrance hall greeted by Victoriana carollers ...

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Aladdin – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Eric Potts Director: David Siebert Reviewer: Shane Morgan [rating:5] You can’t move at the moment for hearing about austerity measures. There are cuts left right and centre in every walk of life. This year’s traditional family pantomime at the Hippodrome seems to be on the receiving end of those cuts casting wise. The last couple of years have seen ...

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Christmas Time – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Lisa Keenan Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [Rating:3] There’s a surprisingly large number of tailor-made Christmas performances for the three to six age range this year and the Tron Theatre add their offering Christmas Time to the ever-growing list. In the workshop of the Caretaker of Time, Duster (Mary Gapinski) and Sweep (Toni Frutin) are given the job of taking care ...

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Cinderella – Broadway Theatre, Barking

Writer: Clifford Oliver Director: Carôle Pluckrose Reviewer: Michael Gray [rating:2.5] We’re all living in Hardup Hall these days; arts venues know this better than most. And to be honest, Cinderella at the Broadway has shoestring written all over it. That said, it’s a brave, and mostly enjoyable, attempt to keep the panto flag flying in this multi-purpose community venue. Director ...

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A Christmas Carol – Waterloo East Theatre, London

Writer: Charles Dickens Adapted and performed by: Dominic Gerrard Director: Tim Carroll Reviewer: Lizzie Kirkwood [rating:2] In this one-man adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol’, directed by Tim Carroll, who is currently directing Mark Rylance in Richard III and Twelfth Night in the West End, Dominic Gerrard tells us the familiar story of Scrooge, visited by ghosts on Christmas Eve and ...

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Merrie Hell – Soho Theatre, London

Writers: David Hoyle &Richard Thomas Director: Gary Reich Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] Brash, acerbic and darkly comic, this is an alternative Christmas show with bite.Co-created and performed by Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer The Opera) and David Hoyle (aka The Divine David), Merrie Hell was always going to have a sting in the tail, and the dynamic duo certainly did not ...

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Seussical – Arts Theatre, London

Music: Stephen Flaherty Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens Book: Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty Director: Philip Rowntree Reviewer: Steve Barfield [rating:4] The original Seussical the musical was a big hit in Seuss’ native US, and this version, specifically for young audiences, has a great deal to offer anyone who is a young at heart. It integrates features from some dozen of Seuss’ ...

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Feathers in the Snow – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Philip Ridley Director: David Mercatali Reviewer: Lizzie Kirkwood [rating:3.5] Feathers in the Snow is the latest family show from acclaimed children’s author Philip Ridley. It is an epic fairytale set over 500 years, complete with births, deaths, marriages, wars, new civilizations and an assortment of fantastical characters, including talking animals and sea witches and wizards. Many of the familiar ...

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