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The Bootleg Beatles in Concert – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: John Kennedy Uncannily accurate musical theatre mimicry or just Fab Four necrophiliac nostalgia? Whether neither, either or both it can’t be denied that a guaranteed splendid time is being had by all. The secret to maintaining the Bootleg Beatles’ magical mystery allure during this two-hour tour down melody lane is not to look too closely - just buy into ...

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Cinderella – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writers:  Michael Harrison and Brian Conley Director: Kathryn Rooney Reviewer: Maggie Constable We all know so well the traditional fairytale story that is Cinderella but for a month at Milton Keynes Theatre families from all over will be lucky enough to be part of the spectacle that is QDos Productions’ version of Cinderella, starring the renowned actor and comedian, Brian Conley, no ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: David Janson Reviewer: Clare White Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre is full of beans this pantomime season, as this year's festive offering of Jack and the Beanstalk is bursting with high jinx, magic and superb silliness. In the fictional West Midlands village of Little Yamton, we meet Jack Trott, who is tricked by evil Baron Fleshcreep into selling ...

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Writer: Andrew Ryan Director: Chris Nelson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It is a recurring thread in many modern pantomimes that the titular heroines, from Sleeping Beauty to Cinderella, are among the least served in terms of scripted character. That’s certainly the case with Aylesbury’s version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, where the characters of Muddles, Dolly the Nurse and ...

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The Sixteen: Glory to the Christ Child – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Harry Christophers CBE Reviewer: John Kennedy The bleak mid-winter snow-blitz has taken its toll on audience attendance this evening. Nevertheless, evening-gowned, white dickie-bowed and tuxedoed, The Sixteen elegantly complement the grandeur of the Symphony Hall. Matching solemnity with panache and dash it’s evident they’re up for tugging and teasing at Harry Christopher’s guiding reins to celebrate a Hodie rodeo choral sleigh-ride across the ...

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Sisters – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Nick Walker Directors: Nick Walker and Emma Rabbits Reviewer: Nicole Craft Four women, I mean guys, about to have a shoot-out at high-noon to find out who gets to open the treasure chest that they found after digging up the Deputy Sheriff's wife's grave, the location of which is revealed by the actual Sheriff's sister who was tracked down in Bedworth ...

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A Christmas Carol – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Writer: David Edgar, from the book by Charles Dickens Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: James Garrington When Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843, he lived in a country full of great poverty. The Poor Laws allowed people to be sent to the Workhouse to claim relief, debtors were imprisoned – including, for a period, his own father – and even ...

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Flashdance the Musical – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Book: Tom Hedley and Robert Carey   Music: Robbie Roth  Lyrics: Robert Carey and Robbie Roth  Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Clare White In a simpler time of poodle perms and leg warmers, 80s dance films gave us many life lessons – that no one puts Baby in the corner, that we should hold out for a hero, and that ultimately love conquers all. (Thank ...

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