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Elf – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Thomas Meehan &Bob Martin Music: Matthew Skylar Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Director &Choreographer: Morgan Young Reviewer: Kathryn M. Bartlett   "I'm siiiiiingiiiiing!" My heart is full, and "I'm siiiiiingiiiiing! "   From start to finish ElfThe Musical is an utterly wonderful, brilliant, heartwarming, electric, endearing, joyously glittery show, with bells on! A glorious explosion of tinsel, twinkle and Christmas magic. ...

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Cinderella – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Jonathon Kiley Director: Andrew Lynford Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall   ‘You shall go to the ball Wolverhampton!’ Panto season returns to the black country with what is described as the ‘lavish family pantomime’. Cinderella, the mistreated sister and converted maid is desperate to enjoy her own life, and of course marry her Prince Charming. Her two ugly stepsisters, Amanda and ...

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Arabian Nights – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Adaptation: Dominic Cooke Composer: Simon Slater Director: Rachel O’Riordan Reviewer: Barbara Michaels   Mysticism and magic are at the fore in this adaptation of an old story in Rachel O’Riordan’s production Arabian Nights. There is plenty to wonder at in Dominic Cooke’s clever modernized version of the classic tale of Scheherazade ( familiar to many as One thousand and one ...

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Snow White – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writers: Jamie Smith, Nick White Director: Gerry Tebbutt Reviewer: Bill Avenell If you discover a tried and tested formula that works well, why change it? That is The Yvonne Arnaud’s motto when it comes to panto and Gerry Tebbutt’s annual visit to Guildford produces another successful evening that appeals to the whole range of his audience from grannies to toddlers(including ...

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Dick Whittington – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer and Director: Paul Hendy Musical director: Andy Booth Reviewer: Janet Jepson     “There is nothing you can name, that is anything like a Dame” – so goes the famous lyric, but in Dick Whittington at The Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield this rings so true! Damian Williams is an excellent dame in the guise of the coarse, raucous Dolly ...

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Cinderella – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Alex Ramon   “PANTO’S ALIVE!!!” bellows the inimitable Brian Blessed as the audience takes its seats at this year’s New Wimbledon Theatre pantomime. And with a packed, enthusiastic crowd at this theatre and many (many) pantos on offer elsewhere, it certainly seems like this most curious yet most beloved of British theatrical traditions ...

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The Chuckles of Oz – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Alan McHugh Music and Lyrics : Olly Ashmore Reviewer: The Sykes family   Family favourites The Chuckle Brothers return to Darlington to star in the brand new The Chuckles of Oz. Based on the classic Wizard of Oz, this show see’s Paul and Barry charged with looking after Dorothy as she walks the yellow brick road in her quest ...

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Aladdin – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer: Al Morley and Matt Crosby Musical Director: Steve Geere Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Flip Miller   The audience are whipped into a frenzy as they enter the auditorium. Festive music playing loud and lively creates the perfect atmosphere for pantomime. Aladdin is the true rags to riches story that everybody knows and loves. The story also comes with the ...

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