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The Snow Queen – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Sarah A Nixon & Mark Chadderton Director: Mark Chadderton Reviewer: John Roberts This year’s Rock’n’Roll pantomime from The Everyman theatre is a loose take on the Hans Christian Anderson tale The Snow Queen, and while it may not be as slick as last year’s Little Mermaid offering, it’s still a funny, engaging and energetic offering that ensures its place as ...

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The Tempest – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Alex Clifton Reviewer: Emma Boswell The Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre returns this summer, converted into a magical island in its staging of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  Directed by the very talented artistic director of Storyhouse (and Cestrian) Alex Clifton, The Tempest explores the story of Prospero; the usurped Duke (or Duchess, in this production) of Milan, ...

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Dick Whittington – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writers: Daniel Buckroyd, Fine Time Fontayne Director: Daniel Buckroyd Musical Director: Richard Reeday Choreographer: Charlie Morgan Reviewer: Michael Gray Beneath the impressive 21st Century gloss, and despite the Trump gags, this is a warmly traditional panto, its appeal effortlessly spanning the generations. Director and co-writer Daniel Buckroyd has wisely re-hired many of last year's Aladdin company; they seem very much ...

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James And The Giant Peach – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Roald Dahl - adapted by David Wood Director: Matthew Cullum Musical Director: Richard Reeday Reviewer: Michael Gray   Trina Bramman's beautifully realised set has the giant peach stone at its core, and around it the Big Apple, suggested by trees made of lamp posts and street signs. Television screens are put out with the rubbish; an accordion lies waiting ...

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Alice in Wonderland – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Morgan Lloyd Malcolm Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Paul Downham This year’s festive offering from Bolton’s Octagon Theatre sees Alice in Wonderland take to the unique in-the-round stage. Seven actors undertake 35 different rôles in what is a non-stop 90 minutes of enthralling theatre for all ages. As you enter the auditorium, a school classroom greets you on the stage ...

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Robin Hood – The Octagon, Bolton

Writer: Morgan Lloyd Malcolm Composer and Musical Director: Barbara Hockaday Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:3.5] The Octagon has an enviable reputation for staging festive productions that are a bracing change from the usual bland pantos. This year, however, you can’t help but wish they had retained a few of the traditional elements such as a simple villain you ...

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Love, Lies And Lust – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Director: Matt Devitt Musical Director: Julian Littman Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:3.5]   One of the Queen's Theatre’s greatest hits, this cod-Restoration romp from the pen of the Heather Brothers returns to its roots after twenty years, in a brand new production for Cut to the Chase by Matt Devitt. It takes its plot, and its characters, but not its language ...

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As You Like It – Langtons Gardens, Hornchurch

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Bob Carlton Musical Director: Julian Littman Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4.5]   It is hard to imagine an evening more fitted to Shakespeare's sylvan comedy. The lightest breeze, warm sunshine, cloudless skies all evoke the Golden World. It is 410 years since As You Like It was premièred, at another country house, and 60 since the birth ...

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