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Peter Pan – Liverpool Empire

Director: Bob Thomson Reviewer: John Roberts When QDOS recently took over the pantomime tender at the Liverpool Empire with Cinderella three Christmases ago, the level and quality of show in the city took a massive leap. It’s sad then to hear that QDOS are taking a break from the city and that Peter Pan is the last pantomime here at ...

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Dick Whittington – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer and Director: Ian Adams Reviewer: Clare White There is much to celebrate at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre, as this year’s spectacular seasonal offering Dick Whittington coincides with the venue’s 125th anniversary. In search of fame and fortune, ambitious Dick arrives in London believing the streets are paved with gold. However, his quest for success is blighted by the villainous Queen Rat, ...

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The Manchester Project at Christmas – HOME, Manchester

Writers: Ian Kershaw, Reuben Johnson, Chris Hoyle, Eve Steele, Chanje Kunda, Cathy Crabb, Louise Wallwein, Keisha Thompson, Chris Thorpe, Punam Ramchurn, Curtis Cole, Furquan Akhtar, Sarah McDonald – Hughes, Andy Sheridan Director: Martin Gibbons Reviewer: Matthew Forrest Some two years back, Monkeywood Theatre Company provided a platform for writers from the Greater Manchester area, and thus the Manchester Project was ...

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Treasure Island – Octagon Theatre at University of Bolton Football Stadium

Writer:  Robert Louis Stevenson Adaptor: Kate Ferguson Music and lyrics: Susannah Pearse Director: Tim Jackson Reviewer: Jay Nuttall The still temporary homeless Octagon Theatre in Bolton set sail down the road to The University of Bolton football stadium to deliver their new family musical Treasure Island. As much a staple in the festive Christmas show fold as rum on board ...

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Potted Panto – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Daniel Clarkson, Jefferson Turner, Richard Hurst Director: Richard Hurst Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty Back again to the Southwark Playhouse with no small amount of fizz, Dan and Jeff bring their Potted Panto to the world for the fifth time in this theatre. Like their other Potted shows, you very much know what to expect here. Rapid-fire belly laughs, shrieking kids ...

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Three Sisters – The National Theatre, London

Writer:  Inua Ellams Director: Nadia Falls Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It has been an interesting year for the reworking of classic dramas with both Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie being relocated to African American families bringing fascinating new resonance to these well-known texts. Now, Inua Ellams takes Chekhov to 1960s Biafra and the Nigerian ...

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Cinderella – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Writer: Alan McHugh with Pete Firman Director: Michael Gyngell Reviewer: Richard Maguire Wimbledon always knows how to put on a panto and, even if this year’s production lacks the big names of earlier shows, this Cinderella is a hit. With sparkling costumes, fireworks, floating coaches, and enough jokes for kids and adults alike, this pantomime is heart-warmingly old school. In ...

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Cinderella – Sheffield Theatres (Lyceum, Sheffield)

Written and Directed by: Paul Hendy Musical Director: James Harrison Choreography: Sarah Langley Reviewed by: Ruth Jepson Ah, Cinderella! Probably the best known pantomime of them all. Surely everyone knows the story by now – a downtrodden pseudo-servant girl is granted a wish by her Fairy Godmother, meets a Prince and loses a very expensive shoe, all set against a ...

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