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Dreaming of a Barry White Christmas – The Auditorium, Echo Arena, Liverpool

Writer: Dave Kirby Director: Dave Kirby Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin   This show is not so much a Christmas card from Liverpool as a saucy seaside postcard. While some of the humour is merely bawdy, much of it is strictly adults only. It celebrates the coarser side of Scouseness with an unremitting enthusiasm. Fortunately this is tempered by slickness and stylish ...

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Come Fly with Me – The Salberg Studio, Salisbury

Devisors: Adam Lenson and Gareth Machin Music Arranger and Supervisor: Glyn Kerslake Reviewer: Lloyd Perry   What an excellent start to the Christmas Week. Salisbury Playhouse has become well-known for doing a musical revue at Christmas time in the small and intimate Salberg Studio and this production does not disappoint. Come Fly with Me is more than just songs, it ...

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War of Attrition – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: John Morton Director: Niamh Moroney Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Presented by The Devious Theatre Company,War of Attrition is an upbeat, contemporary, and ultimately hilariously funny piece of theatre. This young company of performers, writers, and directors have been consistently producing top notch performances. It is clearthathave their finger on the pulse of what their youthful audiences want. Morton's script brings ...

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Director: Ed Curtis Choreographer: Stillie Dee Musical Director: James McCullagh Reviewer: Liza Kyle Panto Season is upon us once again and this time its Snow White’s turn to work her fairytale magic upon the audiences at the Alhambra Theatre. The majestic Alhambra, which is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, certainly pulls out the stops even before the crowds take ...

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Aladdin – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Jane Joseph Choreographer: Beverley Norris-Edmunds Musical Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer:Francesca Parker Love them or hate them, there is no getting away from them at this time of the year – it’s officially Pantomime season! The Liverpool Empire’s annual pantomime returns this Christmas with the family favourite production ofAladdin.Following the traditional pantomime version of the story Aladdin, ...

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FILM REVIEW: Into The Woods

Director: Rob Marshall Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Screenplay: James Lapine Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Disney and fairy tales go together like strawberries and cream and so a film musical that features many of the best loved fairy tale characters of all times seems a natural fit. When the musical in question though is Steven Sondheim’s Into The Woods, which ...

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Cinderella – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Chris Nelson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman   First Family Entertainment, the company which produces many large-scale commercial pantos around the UK in ATG venues, is this year heavily promoting its place in the centuries-long tradition of British pantomime. Long form articles in the programme are complemented by a pre-show video showing clips from pantos past. It’s an ...

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CD REVIEW: Paradise Lost Studio Cast Recording

Book &Lyrics: Jonathan Wakeham Music &Story: Lee Ormsby Reviewer: Donna Kelly The cast of Paradise Lost have taken the bold and ambitious move to launch their new musical as an album. Inspired by classic shows likeEvita, Chess and Les Miserables, all of which were first launched as albums, writers Lee Ormsby and Jonathan Wakeham are hoping to find an audience ...

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