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Bananaman The Musical – Southwark Playhouse, London

Book, Music and Lyrics: Leon Parris Director: Mark Perry  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman If you thought pantomime season was over for another year, think again. Southwark Playhouse’s latest musical Bananaman, based on the DC Thompson comic strip that now resides in the Beano after life in the now-defunct stablemates Nutty and the Dandy, is firmly in the over-the-top, child-friendly silly comedy ...

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The Slightly Fat Show – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Created by: Slightly Fat Features Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones The Slightly Fat Show is a veritable Frankenstein’s monster of comedic silliness. A fourteen-legged, knife-wielding, beer-swilling hodgepodge of the most madcap bits of The Young Ones, The Three Stooges, Monty Python, and every pantomime ever created. It’s also unerringly British. Slightly Fat Feature’s earnest and undoubtedly talented troupe are flying the flag ...

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Dick Whittington – Opera House, Manchester

Director: Michael Gyngell Reviewer: Matthew Forrest It seems an odd pairing, that of John Barrowman and the Krankies:  one forging out a career in Hollywood, the others light entertainment stalwarts delighting crowds for over 50 years. They make for strange but successful bedfellows together as this is their third outing together performing Dick Whittington, having previously taken the show to ...

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Daisy Pulls It Off – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Denise Deegan Director: Paulette Randall Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Denise Deegan’s tribute to 1920s adventures set in the sporty, spotty world of girls’ boarding schools went down a storm in the West End in the 1980s and has been revived regularly ever since. Part of the reason for that is that, at its heart, it’s a blank template. The basic ...

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James Acaster: Classic Scrapes – The Lowry, Salford

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Reviewer: Matt Forrest You will probably be more familiar with James Acaster than you think; numerous appearances on Mock the Week and spots on Q.I and Live at the Apollo have certainly helped boost his profile and will see him forever more be a part of the comedy merry-go-round that is TV channel Dave. However, it is radio where Acaster ...

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 Illuminate – Manchester Central Library 

Artistic Direction: Kevin Edward Turner Choreography: Kevin Edward Turner, Anthony Missen Musical Direction: Miguel Marin Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Illuminate is a site-specific promenade dance performance created by Manchester dance company Company Chameleon and commissioned by Manchester Central Library for their Library Live cultural events programme. Illuminate explores seven themes or plot-lines that have underpinned literature through the centuries, in an ...

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Private Lives – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Helen Tope It is a story we could finish for ourselves. Two sets of newlyweds meet whilst honeymooning in the French Riviera. Elyot Chase – married to Sibyl – is horrified when he discovers his previous wife, Amanda, and her new husband, rooming next door. Words are exchanged, looks; sparks fly. We think we know how this should end, but ...

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Lee Nelson: Serious Joker –The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Breathe a sigh of relief people for Lee Nelson is out of ‘the clink’, well more accurately the man behind Nelson....comedian Simon Brodkin has been released following his invasion of the Tory party conference, where he rather cheekily gave Theresa May her marching orders. The last time we saw Brodkin he was being escorted out of the ...

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