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Slava’s Snow Show – Royal Festival Hall, London

one yellow two green clowns with net

Creator: Slava Polunin  Director: Victor Kramer  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Slava Polunin’s brand of melancholic clowning has become a Royal Festival Hall Christmas tradition. Polunin’s Yellow Clown, with fluffy slippers, oversized yellow onesie and a bulbous red nose, could be a Jim Henson Muppet creation come to life. But for those new to the Slava phenomenon, the opening moments of Slava’s ...

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Classic Carols – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Adrian Lucas Reviewer: Clare White Raymond Gubbay’s Christmas season kicks off in spectacular style at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham with its annual classic carol concert. Traditional festive favourites mixed with rarer Yuletide treasures and sing-a-long standards are performed by the sublime City of Birmingham Choir, accompanied by the London Concert Orchestra and led by conductor Adrian Lucas. One ...

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The Siege of Christmas – Contact, Manchester

Director: Alan Lane Reviewer: Andrea Allen Bad news everyone. The spirit of Christmas has been cancelled and the audience has been barricaded outside of Contact by a team of militant mince pies. This is The Siege of Christmas, and you’d better be wearing comfy shoes, because you’re the crack team who’s been tasked with finding the spirit of Christmas trapped ...

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The Tin Soldier – The Studio at Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Mike Kenny Director: Gary Robson               Music: Lauren Gilmore, Stuart Ramage and Audrey Tait Reviewer: Emily Hall There is no better, more touching way for Edinburgh’s children to get into the Christmas spirit than with a visit to The Studio at Festival Theatre for Birds of Paradise Theatre’s rendition of The Steadfast Tin Soldier. The original heartrending tale is ...

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Aladdin – City Varieties, Leeds

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Matt Aston Musical Director: Greg Palmer Reviewer: Holly Spanner The City Varieties Rock n’ Roll Panto is one that should be in everyone’s calendar. This seemingly modest production which has graced the Victorian stage since reopening after the £9.9m refurbishment in 2011, has quickly worked its way into the hearts of Loiners and the general public ...

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The Snowman, Opera House, Manchester

Music: Howard Blake Director: Bill Alexander Reviewer: Andrea Allen Adults escorting little ones to the Opera House hoping for the magic of Raymond Briggs’ book and the festive charm of Dianne Jackson’s 1982 film adaptation may, unfortunately, be disappointed by Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production of The Snowman. In Director Bill Alexander’s lengthy, bloated production, there’s a strong chance you’ll spend ...

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Peter Pan – The Alhambra, Bradford

Writer: Michael Harrison and Alan McHugh, adapted from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie Musical Director: James McCullagh Choreographer: Stillie Dee Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Sue Collier A delightful children’s choir and a wonderful Santa gives a great welcome to the Alhambra. 3D glasses are clutched in excited anticipation in a theatre packed with children and adults, all eagerly awaiting the ...

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