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The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit- Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Music and Lyrics: Andre Catrini Book: Allan Knee Director: Johnathan O’Boyle Designer: Gregor Donnelly Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Author Allan Knee takes a surprising approach to the daunting challenge of devising a sequel to one of the most-loved festive stories ever- Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. In The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit the title character, the former Tiny Tim, is ...

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My Son Pinocchio Jr – Southwark Playhouse, London

Music and Lyrics: Steven Schwartz Book:David Stern Director:Séimí Campbell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Poor Geppetto! One minute he’s a successful toymaker living a bachelor lifestyle then one ill-advised wish later and he’s a single father to a human-puppet boy with a wilful mind of his own. Stephen Schwarz and David Stern’s My Son Pinocchio Jr reimagines the famous fairy tale from the ...

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Rags the Musical- Hope Mill, Manchester

Writer: Joseph Stein revised by David Thompson Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Director:  Bronagh Lagan Reviewer: Dave Cunningham With themes including difficulties faced by immigrants, the conflict between individualism and the collective good, cultural identity and the exploitation of workers there is no question that Rags the Musicalis relevant to a contemporary audience. But relevant does not necessarily mean ...

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Benighted – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer: JB Priestley Adaptor: Duncan Gates Director: Stephen Whitson Reviewer: Stephen Bates “The ultimate creepy Christmas treat” boasts the publicity for this adaptation of JB Priestley’s 1927 novel, Benighted. Perhaps the association between creepiness and the Festive Season has something to do with Dickens, but, otherwise, the only things remotely Christmassy in this production are a quick snatch of Ding Dong Merrily on High, seemingly inserted ...

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Into the Woods – Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: James Lapine Director: Tim McArthur Reviewer: Stephen Bates   “Be careful of what you say, children may listen” warns Stephen Sondheim in a show which delves into the grim side of fairy tales and asks us to consider what we are telling our kids and how well we are equipping them to cope with ...

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