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Aladdin – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer: Daniel O’Brien Co-Directors: Louise Denison, Chris Hannon Musical Director: Jim Lunt Designer: Mark Walters Reviewer: Ron Simpson Pantomimes are all about tradition, not only the stories and the time-honoured routines, but also the traditions that are created within each theatre. This year’s Aladdin is a typical Wakefield pantomime, with all the elements securely in place, even if – early ...

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Stand Up Stand Up – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Two men forcing smiles

Writer/Director: Jim Cartwright Reviewer: Ron Simpson It is a wonderful achievement for a theatre of the size of Wakefield’s Theatre Royal to have companies devoted to the work of playwrights as popular and successful as John Godber and Jim Cartwright. Moreover, these are playwrights who can guarantee a succession of entertaining premieres which they can direct themselves and which, in ...

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Sleeping Beauty – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Sleeping Beauty - TR, Wakefield

Writer: Daniel O’Brien (aka Colin Blumenau) Director: Rhiannon Hannon Musical Director: Jim Lunt Designer: Mark Walters Reviewer: Ron Simpson Wakefield Theatre Royal pantomimes have, in recent years, gained a deserved reputation for quality entertainment. Scripts are intelligent as well as silly, tradition and the narrative are equally respected, productions values are excellent and an engaging mix of the homely and ...

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The LadyKillers – The Coliseum, Oldham

Writer: Graham Linehan Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard Having been a hit in at the Liverpool Playhouse and in the West End previously, it is time for the Coliseum in association with Harrogate Theatre,to present this adaptation of the 1955 Ealing Studios film of the same name. When lovely old widow Mrs Wilberforce (Roberta Kerr) advertises a room to ...

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Dick Whittington – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Alistair Higgins, Chris Hannon and James Dinsmore in Dick Whittington

Writer: Daniel O’Brien Director: Rhiannon Hannon Musical Director: Jim Lunt Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Theatre Royal Wakefield believes in traditional pantomime and does it very well. Even the glossy programme tells us, in between the colour-in drawings and kids’ puzzles, the history of Dick Whittington on stage. The Theatre Royal takes its pantomime seriously, though never solemnly. Experienced pantomime writer ...

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Bouncers – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Writer/Director: John Godber Reviewer: Bill Avenell An evening in the intimate surroundings of the Minerva is always enjoyable with a good audience and a play which is well suited to that particular environment. Bouncers has received universally increasing acclaim since its slightly inauspicious first appearance at the 1977 Edinburgh Festival, poking fun at the disco dancing, binge drinking, sex seeking ...

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Bouncers – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer and Director: John Godber Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Written in 1977, but reworked for this tour, Bouncers is probably the most famous play by prolific and well-known playwright John Godber. The work is popular with amateur and professional companies alike and it is claimed there is at least one production of it somewhere in the world every week of the ...

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Rookery Nook – Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Writer: Ben Travers Director: Ian Forrest Reviewer: Hannah Piercy Ridiculous upper-class accents, servants’ Somerset dialect complete with inability to speak ‘proper’ English, and an offensive German rôle (“a foreigner?!”) are only the most superficial ways in which Rookery Nook is out-dated. However, a packed auditorium frequently bubbling with laughter goes to show this farce is not completely past its sell-by-date ...

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