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Dinner in Mulberry Street – Bewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Fitz-James O’Brien Adaption: Michael James Ford Director: Bairbre Ni Chaoimh Reviewer: Laura Marriott In Dinner in Mulberry Street Christmas in New York is falling far short of a fairy tale. It is 1857 and newlyweds Agnes and Dick have fallen on hard times. Unable to find work they must use every ounce of creativity and initiative that they have to ...

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A Christmas Carol – Northern Stage, Newcastle

Writer: Neil Bartlett Director: Mark Calvert Reviewer: Chris Collett Northern Stage’s Christmas shows could never be accused of lacking in ambition. 2016’s James and the Giant Peach and last year’s Alice in Wonderland were supersized affairs performed on cavernous sets, which thrilled audiences with a frenetic mix of live music, physical theatre, and dance. A Christmas Carol uses the same ...

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A Christmas Carol – Bristol Old Vic

Adaptation: Tom Morris Director: Lee Lyford Designer: Tom Rogers Music/lyrics: Gwyneth Herbert Reviewer: Julia Beasley Could this be the perfect antidote to even the most grudging grinches at yuletide? Bristol Old Vic’s steampunk musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ festive tale has a raucous vibe that will surely banish the Christmas blues. Curmudgeonly money-lender  Ebenezer Scrooge runs a bleak house on ...

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The Nutcracker – Leeds Grand Theatre

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Director: David Nixon Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood To mark the festive season of shows at the Leeds Grand Theatre, Northern Ballet brings its much loved The Nutcracker. This 2007 version has been especially refreshed for one to appreciate and love this classical ballet even more. It certainly has a modern feel but does not compromise at all the classical elements ...

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Nativity! The Musical – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer and Director: Debbie Isitt Music: Nicky Ager and Debbie Isitt Reviewer: Dominic Corr It’s Christmas. Got it? Halloween is over, the nights draw in and whilst it may be tremendously early for some - Christmas has hit Edinburgh. Nativity! The Musical is no school production with not a single tea towel robe in sight, and only a few drunk uncles. ...

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INTERVIEW: Jay Osmond – The Osmonds

With a career spanning six decades and including 200 albums released either as a group or individually, no one could begrudge The Osmonds if they wanted to take it a little easier these days, but that’s definitely not the case as Jay and Merrill Osmond are in the UK for a Christmas tour and have just released a new album ...

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The Snowman – Peacock Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Howard Blake Director: Bill Alexander Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s dance adaptation of Raymond Briggs’s classic children’s story, and the film adaptation which has become a Christmas television staple, has itself become something of a London Yuletide tradition, having been presented at the Peacock Theatre every year since 1997. And while there are moments where one ...

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Cinderella – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Fine Time Fontayne and Kevin Shaw Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Matthew Forrest The Oldham Coliseum is garnering quite the reputation for putting on great productions and this year’s pantomime Cinderella is no exception. This is an absolute treat for kids from 6 to 86, that will have them grinning like Cheshire cats! It is a tale we all know and ...

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