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Jack and the Beanstalk – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Jonny Bowles Choreographer: Jonny Bowles Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys If it’s a big traditional panto with plenty of glitz and sparkle you’re looking for, then Glasgow King’s certainly delivers year on year. This year’s offering is Jack and the Beanstalk, starring local panto treasures Elaine C. Smith and Johnny Mac, and save for these two local favourites, ...

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Cinderella – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Guy Unsworth Reviewer: James Garrington It’s panto time in Nottingham. This year’s offering at the Theatre Royal is Cinderella – and it’s everything that we’ve come to expect from a Theatre Royal panto. A star-studded cast, beautiful costumes and stunning special effects are the order of the day, and this panto has them all. Headlining this ...

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Peter Pan – Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer: Michael Harrison and Alan McHugh, from the book by J.M Barrie Director: Michael Harrison Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It can’t be easy having to step into another performer’s shoes at short notice, especially when the show was written with the original incumbent in mind, but this is exactly what Darren Day has done: the Hippodrome’s panto for 2018/9 was originally ...

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Peter Pan – Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer: Michael Harrison and Alan McHugh, from the book by J.M Barrie Director: Michael Harrison Reviewer: James Garrington It’s panto time in Birmingham and flying in this year is Peter Pan – and it’s the best panto the Hippodrome has seen in many years. We know the costumes and the sets will be spectacular, that it will have stunning effects and ...

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Robin Hood – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Maggie Constable If you are fancying a fun foray into the forest, Sherwood in fact, there is no better place to be than Milton Keynes Theatre for the next month or so. It’s time to don those green tights and join in the adventures of Robin Hood, starring family-favourite actor Shane Richie in ...

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Aladdin – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Thom Sutherland Reviewer: Dan English With a dramatic start, Dartford’s pantomime offering this year, Aladdin, tries to put punters in the festive mood with this visually stunning production. The Orchard Theatre’s seasonal selection, directed by Thom Sutherland, sees Aladdin (Alexis Gerred) attempt to escape the clutches of his nemesis Abanazar (Marti Pellow), all while trying to ...

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Cinderella – The Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Guy Unsworth Reviewer: Jay Nuttall It’s that time of year again (oh yes it is) when Qdos Entertainment and The Opera House in Manchester pull out all of the stops to produce one of the biggest pantomimes in the country. This year Cinderella gets a distinct Weatherfield twist as two recent stars of Corrie swap the ...

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Aladdin – Bradford Alhambra

Writer: Alan McHugh, with additional material by Billy Pearce Musical Director: James McCullagh Choreographer: Stillie Dee Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Sue Collier Bradford Alhambra’s 2018 pantomime is that of Aladdin, set in Peking. As the son of Widow Twanky, a lowly washerwoman, Aladdin falls in love with Princess Jasmine. But there is evil afoot from the wicked Abanazar. Can Aladdin ...

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