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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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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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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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Dick Whittington – Harrogate Theatre

The Cat Who Cant Talk

Writers: Phil Lowe/David Bown Director: Phil Lowe Musical Director: Nick Lacey Choreographer: David Kar Hing Lee Reviewer: Ron Simpson Pantomime traditionally plays tricks with the gender of the characters, but Harrogate’s gleeful version of Dick Whittington goes further than most. A mixture of tradition and innovation gives us, in addition to the customary Dame,  a splendidly old-style Principal Boy together ...

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Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

Leah McRae and Tyler Collins in Santa Claus is Coming To Town Glasgow Pavilion

Writer: Iain Gordon Director: Iain Gordon Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald   The Pavilion Theatre brings the magic of Christmas to Scotland’s Theatre of Variety with its panto offering; Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town followsa group of unlikely heroes on a quest to find their fairy friend who has been captured by evil duo Hank ...

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The Last Ride – Teachers’ Club, Dublin

Writers: Shane Nestor, Mike Foott &Michael Hartnett. Director: Shane Nestor Reviewer: Clara Mallon. Acting Up’s new play The Last Ride comes to the Teachers’ Club, Parnell Square. Presenting a multitude of strange encounters on a train ride from Dublin to Cork, the audience are taken on a bumpy, but certainly never boring, journey. In the tone of Dickens’ A Christmas ...

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Aladdin – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Director: Ed Curtis Musical Director: Andy Pickering Choreographer: Stillie Dee Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald As the festive season hits full swing, Edinburgh’s favourite variety triplet return to the King’s Theatre in Aladdin, showing they are an entertainment force that is difficult to beat. Telling the classic story of the pauper from Peking who’s luck changes when he finds a magic lamp ...

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