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Aladdin – Harrogate Theatre

Poster image of Aladdin

Writers: Phil Lowe and David Bown Director: Phil Lowe Designer: Foxton Reviewer: Ron Simpson As always Harrogate Theatre’s pantomime is crammed with traditional features, to the delight of the youthful audience. On the other hand, Phil Lowe and David Bown’s script contains plenty of new elements: Abanazar becomes a would-be master criminal and twin to the Emperor of China, Agent ...

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Cinderella – Civic Theatre, Rotherham

The cast of Cinderella

Writer/Director: James Shone Musical Director: Will Henshall Choreographer: Jamie-Leigh Christian Reviewer: Janet Jepson   There’s true magic down at the Civic Theatre in Rotherham over this festive season. The pantomime this year is Cinderella, maybe the most special of all the Christmas stories and probably the most popular, for everyone from toddlers to grannies. This performance from Shone Productions Ltd ...

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Fagin’s Last Hour – The Civic, Barnsley

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Writer: James Hyland Director: Phil Lowe Reviewer: Ray Taylor This is a one-man show based on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and adapted, produced and performed by James Hyland. Hyland has acted in a variety of one-man shows and has a particular fondness for Dickens, having also very successfully adapted A Christmas Carol. Anyone who only knows the story of Oliver ...

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Alice in Wonderland – The Customs House, South Shields

Anne-Marie Owens & Stephen Sullivan in Alice in Wonderland

Writer: Ray Spencer and Graeme Thompson Director: Ray Spencer MBE Musical Director: David Bintley Designer: Paul Shriek, Matt Fox Choreographer: Jacqui West Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Lewis Carols Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Customs House are both celebrating 150 years this year, and it is wonderful that Ray Spencer and Graeme Thompson have written this highly original pantomime to mark ...

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Orchestra of Opera North: Lutosławski, Mahler – Huddersfield Town Hall

Image of a violin

Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Ron Simpson In July 2016, Richard Farnes leaves his post after 12 years as Music Director of Opera North. His tenure has been remarkably successful in many ways, not least his relationship with the orchestra which, already excellent in 2004, has reached new heights under his stewardship. His final concert in the Kirklees Concert Season was ...

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Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood – City Varieties, Leeds

Darrell Brockis, Louisa Beadel and Sophie Byrne in Robin Hood

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: Holly Spanner The creative team at The City Varieties are back for another year with their hugely successful Rock N’ Roll Pantomime, this time Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood. Incidentally, it was during the 1941 Christmas production of Babes in the Wood that a woman in the audience famously gave birth! ...

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Northern Stage, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Ruth Johnson as Queen of the Field Mouses + ensemble

Writer: Caroline Bird based on the novel by G L Frank Baun Music: Jeremy Bradfield Director: Mark Calvert Designer: Rhys Jarma Reviewer: Anna Ambelez The Wizard of Oz, originally an American children’s novel published in 1900, went on to be the perennial favorite, blockbuster film The Yellow Brick Road. This production is adapted from that original story. The entire stage ...

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Cinderella – Gala Theatre, Durham

Sally Collet and Hazel Pude in Cinderella

Writer: Neil Armstrong and Paul Hartley Director: Neil Armstrong and Paul Hartley Choreographer: Georgina Mannifield Reviewer: Anna Ambelez   The stage opens onto a fairy tale forest setting the scene for the most classic of fairy tales, Cinderella. A timeless tale of rags to riches, the earliest recorded version dates from AD 850 and it is still going strong. After ...

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