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The Worst Witch – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Writer:  Jill Murphy Adaptor: Emma Reeves Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Sophia Moss You know that awkward moment when you’re scooting your way to school and you end up being zapped to a witch’s academy where you have to make potions, learn how to fly and pretend you know what on earth is going on? The Worst Witch is a fun, lively ...

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The Worst Witch – Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer: Emma Reeves from the novel by Jill Murphy Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Nicole Craft Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch has been entertaining children for the best part of three generations. Continuing to go full circle, the television series (two versions of!) inspire yesterday and today’s youngsters to seek out the books; the books inspiring those who haven’t discovered the ...

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The Worst Witch – The King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Emma Reeves based on the novel by Jill Murphy Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Dominic Corr Long before the boy who lived, there was a young witch who despite great intentions would always end up face first on the floor or in more trouble than she started. The Worst Witch saw a series of delightful children’s books by writer and ...

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The Worst Witch – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Emma Reeves based on the novel by Jill Murphy Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Tim Harding Panto season may have ended a few months ago, but The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry was packed with families tonight, many cheering and booing along with the antics on stage. They are here to welcome the arrival in Coventry of the girls and staff from Cackle’s ...

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The Worst Witch – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Emma Reeves (based on novel by Jill Murphy) Director: Theresa Heskins Composer: Luke Potter Reviewer: Helen Tope  Goofy, clumsy and a spectacular failure, Mildred Hubble is the ultimate thinking girl’s heroine. Since the publication of Jill Murphy’s novel The Worst Witch in 1974, Hubble has entertained generations of children. A newly-inducted member of Miss Cackle’s Academy, Mildred’s dubious grasp of even the most ...

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Ugly Duckling – York Theatre Royal

Writer: Emma Reeves Director: Wendy Harris Designer: Catherine Chapman Composer: Tayo Akinbode Movement: Holly Irving Reviewer: Ron Simpson Ten minutes before the start a young man in nondescript grey sits strumming his ukulele while the birds sing and a more colourful chap buzzes a dragonfly around the trees and plants of the attractively improvised-looking set. After a while the first ...

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Hetty Feather – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Aerial Skills on show in Hetty Feather

Writer: Jacqueline Wilson, adapted by Emma Reeves Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   Victorian England. A desperate young mother is unable to care for her fiery-haired baby daughter. What can she do to give her the best start? Why, enter the Foundling Hospital lottery, of course, where a few will be taken in, clothed, fed, given a name and ...

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Hetty Feather – Theatre Royal, Bath

The cast of Hetty Feather

Writer: Jacqueline Wilson Adaptor: Emma Reeves Composer: Benji Bower Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Claire Hayes   It’s not easy touring a family show in chilly January, with pantomime season at an end and the tinsel packed away for another year. But this doesn’t stop families of all ages – and mothers and daughters in particular – from enthusiastically turning out ...

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