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Hamlet – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: William Shakespeare  Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Brevity may be the soul of wit but brevity was certainly not on William Shakespeare's agenda when he wrote the Danish classic. It is easy not to appreciate, when seeing a production every few years, the mammoth task a director, lead actor and whole company undertake when committing to stage the ...

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The Threepenny Opera – The Octagon, Bolton

Book and Lyrics: Bertolt Brecht Music: Kurt Weill and Elizabeth Hauptmann Director: David Thacker   Reviewer: Harriet Mallion Adapted from John Gay’s 18th-century ballad opera, The Beggar’s Opera, Bertolt Brecht’s iconic play The Threepenny Opera traditionally offers a socialist critique to a struggling world. The latest production from The Octagon transforms the dominant themes of poverty and corruption into a ...

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Aladdin – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Chris Nelson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Michelle Collins last appeared in EastEnders in 1998, which would explain some of the confusion on the faces of the under-18s the Waterside theatre's audience every time the Genie of the Ring makes another reference to Albert Square. But that's a rare misstep in Eric Potts's script for Aladdin, which provides ...

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Cinderella – Bristol Hippdrome

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Anthony Houghton Reviewer: Kris Hallett Strawberries and cream at Wimbledon. Rule Britannia at The Last Night Of The Proms. The English football team disappointing at a major football tournament. Yelling he’s behind you in a full theatre over the Christmas season. Some things are quintessentially British and no other theatre ecology in the world embraces the ...

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Aladdin – Opera House, Manchester

Writer and Director: Eric Potts  Reviewer: Richard Hall With its origins in the Tales of The Arabian Nights, the story of Aladdin featuring a rags to riches hero who overcomes adversity to win the girl of his dreams has been entertaining pantomime audiences for over 200 years. This slick and lavish production confidently carries on the tradition, delivering a pitch-perfect-panto ...

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Dick Whittington – Milton Keynes Theatre

Dick Whittington from Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Russell Labey Reviewer: Maggie Constable It’s behind you! Well, actually it’s not, but yes it’s that time again! Dick Whittington the panto has arrived at Milton Keynes Theatre. Dick Whittington and his trusted feline friend, Tommy, set off on their fun-filled quest for fame and fortune in London where, in a slight retelling of the traditional ...

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Snow White – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Jane Joseph Reviewer: John Roberts With Snow White, Jane Joseph has found a magical mix of music and merriment to bring the massive Empire Theatre alive this Christmas. It might not be as fast paced as last year's production of Dick Whittington, but it certainly strikes gold. Snow White may not be full of the biggest ...

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Cinderella – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Morag Fullarton Choreographer: Ian West Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald This year sees the anticipated return of what may well be the iconic pantomime tale, Cinderella. With a star-studded cast and fresh take on the classic plot, Cinderella does well in presenting an engaging, funny and exciting magical adventure. Cinderella tells the tale of an unlikely meeting between ...

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