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Dick Whittington – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writers: Daniel Buckroyd, Fine Time Fontayne Director: Daniel Buckroyd Musical Director: Richard Reeday Choreographer: Charlie Morgan Reviewer: Michael Gray Beneath the impressive 21st Century gloss, and despite the Trump gags, this is a warmly traditional panto, its appeal effortlessly spanning the generations. Director and co-writer Daniel Buckroyd has wisely re-hired many of last year's Aladdin company; they seem very much ...

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Aladdin -Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Tim Freeman Antony-Stuart Hicks and Dale Superville

Writer: Fine Time Fontayne Director and Writer: Daniel Buckroyd Musical Director: Richard Reeday Reviewer: Michael Gray   You'll believe a mat can fly … Aladdin's magic carpet ride was just one of many delights in this carefully crafted panto, a near-perfect cocktail of glamour, silliness and fairy-tale romance. Under the green-eyed gaze of the dragons rampant either side of the ...

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Cinderella – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Fine Time Fontayne Based on a version by: Joel Horwood and Morgan Lloyd Malcolm Director: Daniel Buckroyd Original Music and Additional Lyrics: Richard Reeday Choreographer: Charlie Morgan Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Cinderella is arguably the most popular pantomime tale of all, thanks in no small part to the strength of its story. The classic boy meets girl tale is ...

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Merry It Was To Laugh There – Mercury Studio, Colchester

Director: Jules Easlea and Ignatius Anthony Reviewer: Michael Gray   There is something of a Mercury homecoming for this timely anthology; the director and the performers all familiar faces in this house. Devised by the cast and directed by Ignatius Anthony and producer Jules Easlea, the show mingles great poetry with the voices of the lads on the front and, ...

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Jack and The Beanstalk – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer and Director: Janice Dunn Designer: Richard Foxton Sound Designer: Gari Dixon Musical Director: Graeme Du Fresne Choreographer: Charlie Morgan Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating: 4]   Foxton's fabulous set design has a leafy beanstalk stage right, ominous fiery thunderclouds stage left. So far so traditional, but Janice Dunn's original panto for the Mercury begins not with a bang and a ...

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Arsenic And Old Lace – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Joseph Kesselring Director: Tony Casement Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4]   It’s always the little old ladies you need to watch out for. And, in Aunt Abby's and Aunt Martha’s case, if you're offered a drink of their homemade elderflower wine you should be very afraid. The good spinsters see their rôle in Brooklyn society as easing the loneliness of ...

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Dancing at Lughnasa – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Brian Friel Director: Sue Lefton Reviewer: Michael Gray [rating:4]   Brian Friel's memory play – now something of a classic – looks back to the summer of 1936, to family life in remotest County Donegal. Sara Perks' design has evocative fields of wheat and poppies, with the cottage arising organically in their midst: its black-lead range, a devotional picture ...

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The Rivals – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Richard Sheridan Director: Gari Jones Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:3.5] Why not treat Sheridan to what Shakespeare has been accustomed to for years, now ? A director-led, concept-driven production to point up the play's relevance to our times. So this was Gari Jones's Rivals, done as in-your-face Burlesque, with hints of the circus and the catwalk. “Garish, gaudy, cheap and ...

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