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To Sir, With Love – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Philip Morris as Ricky Braithwaite with the Young REP ensemble in To Sir With Love

Writer: E. R. Braithwaite Adaptor: Ayub Khan-Din Co-Directors: Gwenda Hughes and Tom Saunders Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Ricardo Braithwaite is a man who makes those around him better people. After leaving the RAF as a bona fide, Spitfire-flying war hero, the colour of his skin slams doors in his face when he tries to get a job as an engineer and ...

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Cinderella – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Andrew Pollard Music: Rebekah Hughes Director: Joyce Branagh Reviewer: Ruth Jepson If there is a classic in the land of pantomimes, then it has to be Cinderella. The rags to riches tale of a poor girl, banished to the kitchens by her evil stepsisters, with only the mice and her good friend Buttons for company. That is, until her ...

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Aladdin – Salisbury Playhouse

Writer: Andrew Pollard Director: Ryan McBryde Reviewer: David Jobson What makes a good pantomime – is it celebrities, big sets or special effects? Or does it need plenty of laughs, fun and high jinx.  If Salisbury Playhouse’s contribution is anything to go by it is certainly the latter, together with a creative team that knows their pantomimes and love their ...

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Cinderella – The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Andrew Pollard Director: Martin Berry Musical Director: Joshua Goodman Choreographer: Liz Marsh Reviewer: Michael Gray “Well it’s good, but it’s not what I’d call traditional…” proclaimed the elderly lady just along the row. She has a point. Andrew Pollard’s script has more than a few novel touches. Baron Hardup has expired, leaving his wicked widow free to bully poor ...

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Peter Pan in Scarlet – Oxford Playhouse

Peter Pan hanging in the air

Writer: Geraldine McCaughrean Adaptor/Director: Theresa Heskins Music: James Atherton Reviewer:Katy Roberts As Oxford Playhouse’s inaugural production, in collaboration with the New Vic Theatre, and after a refurbishment project spanning a total of three years costing £800,000, Peter Pan in Scarlet is the perfect show to fill this exciting and fresh new space. The show is adapted for the stage by ...

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Peter Pan in Scarlet – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme

Peter Pan In Scarlett Poster Image

Writer: Geraldine McCaughrean Adaptor/Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Carol Lovatt Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan, or so it seems. The story of a little boy who can fly and lives in Neverland along with other lost boys and Tinkerbell and her mischievous band of fairies. Peter’s days are spent making Captain Hook’s life as problematic as possible while creating ...

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Cinderella – Playhouse, Salisbury

Prince Charming, Baroness and Dandini

Writer: Andrew Pollard Director: Ryan McBride Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage Christmas festivities stormed into Salisbury Playhouse with an enormous pantomime bang as Cinderella opens to a full house of exuberant children and excited adults. Director Ryan McBride and writer Andrew Pollard have a sure fire hit on their hands with their adaptation of this pantomime stalwart. With an inventive set comprising ...

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The Ladykillers – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

The New Vic and Hull Truck Theatre production of The Ladykillers is raising the laughs at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, en route from one of its producing houses to the other. Re-creating a comic masterpiece (Alexander Mackendrick’s 1955 film to William Rose’s screenplay) can create problems, as even the Coen Brothers found with their 2004 re-make, but Graham Linehan’s stage ...

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