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One Million Tiny Plays About Britain – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Craig Taylor Director: Laura Keefe Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Craig Taylor’s short vignettes of modern life first appeared as a column in The Guardian, and were later collected into a book. In 2016, director Laura Keefe selected several of the published sketches and created an evening of entertainment for the Watermill Theatre in Newbury. Reviving that same work at the ...

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I Wanna Be Yours – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Zia Ahmed Director: Anna Himali Howard Reviewer: Stephen Bates At first glance, I Wanna Be Yours is a tender romantic comedy, charting the uneven path of true love for a fairly typical modern couple. However, Zia Ahmed’s 80-minute one-act play is much more than that. It incorporates remarkable insights into multicultural Britain, showing how racism, often non-malicious and unintended, ...

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The Snow Queen – Northern Stage

By Hans Christian Anderson Adapted by: Laura Lindow Director: Mark Calvert Reviewer: Chris Collett The old adage that ‘less is more’ is not a philosophy followed by creative team behind the Northern Stage Christmas show. Over the past five years, director Mark Calvert has thrown everything at the company’s seasonal offerings to produce ambitious all-singing, all dancing, epic productions, in ...

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Hansel and Gretel – Leeds Library

Writer/Director: Elvi Piper Designer: Antony Jones Reviewer: Ron Simpson Wrongsemble is a highly enterprising young company based in Leeds, most recently seen this summer at Shakespeare’s Rose in York re-creating Shakespeare’s youth in Billy Shakes: Wonderboy! Now the company returns to Leeds Library for an extended Christmas run of Hansel and Gretel. Dates and times are varied and somewhat irregular, ...

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Ubu! A Singalong Satire – Shoreditch Town Hall, London

Writer: Carl Grose Directors: Carl Grose and Mike Shepherd Reviewer: Richard Maguire Ubu! A Singalong Satire from theatre company Kneehigh is easily the show of the year. Updating Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi of 1896, a play about an evil dictator, into a karaoke setting may seem like a bonkers idea, but Kneehigh bring the house down. And the audience sings ...

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Peter Pan – The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Director: Anthony Williams Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen It’s second star to the right and straight on till Blackpool as Peter Pan flies into the Grand Theatre for the festive season. Featuring familiar faces and packed full of storytelling and silliness, this is a pantomime that has plenty for both adults and children alike. Unlike many pantos, the classic story of the ...

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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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Gypsy- The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Book: Arthur Laurents  Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Dave Cunningham How times have changed. Being a theatre-in-the round The Royal Exchange once struggled to stage musicals; now such shows are the high point of the season. Their storming production of West Side Story returns in the New Year and, in the meantime, we have Gypsy. ...

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