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Sleeping Beauty – Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

Director: Joanna Read Musical director: Bryan Hodgson Reviewer: Alice Fowler Can a fairy tale be brought up to date? The Yvonne Arnaud does its best in its latest panto, Sleeping Beauty. Our hero, Prince Florizel, is a blogging eco-prince, live-streaming the action on social media. No bad thing, when Sleeping Beauty is a physicist and engineer, and their joint idea ...

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Cinderella – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer & Director: Jamie Smith Reviewer: Alice Fowler Christmas in Guildford only properly begins with The Twelve Days of Christmas, as performed by the Yvonne Arnaud panto: an annual ritual of mayhem and misrule in which custard pies are thrown, knickers hurled and foam and water sprayed in all directions. This year, under the direction of Jamie Smith, things seem ...

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Opera North: The Merry Widow – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Music by Franz Lehár Book/Lyrics: Victor Léon and Leo Stein  Adaptor: Kit Hesketh-Harvey and Giles Havergala Director: Giles Havergal Conductor: Martin Andre Reviewer: Dave Cunningham For their current visit to The Lowry opera North seem to have discovered relevance. A highly contemporary interpretation of Tosca is followed by a sharply up-to-date adaptation of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow by Kit ...

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Dick Whittington – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

Writer and Director: Jamie Smith               Reviewer:  Bill Avenell These may be somewhat disturbing and unsettling times in world affairs but it is reassuring to know that ‘some things don’t change’, and if the phrase applies anywhere then it certainly applies to this year’s Christmas offering of Dick Whittington at the Yvonne Arnaud. Once again the Guildford theatre applies a ...

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Aladdin – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Jamie Smith Director: Gerry Tebbutt Musical Director: Bryan Hodgson Choreographer: Jill Francis Reviewer: Bill Avenell One of the joys of going to Guildford for our annual dose of ‘Oh no he isn’t’ and ‘Look behind you’ is that we know exactly what you are going to get and don’t have to worry about whether you have seen the relevant ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk- Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

Cast with Kit Hesketh-Harvey as Dastardly Dick

Writer: Jamie Smith Director: Gerry Tebbutt Reviewer: Bill Avenell The programme entry for Jamie Brook, who once again injects life and fun into Yvonne Arnaud’s panto (this year as ‘Silly Billy’), mentions his love of the genre and his help in creating ‘a central hub of panto performers and fans alike’. Well, he makes a good start in Guildford. A ...

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Snow White – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writers: Jamie Smith, Nick White Director: Gerry Tebbutt Reviewer: Bill Avenell If you discover a tried and tested formula that works well, why change it? That is The Yvonne Arnaud’s motto when it comes to panto and Gerry Tebbutt’s annual visit to Guildford produces another successful evening that appeals to the whole range of his audience from grannies to toddlers(including ...

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Cinderella – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writers: Gerry Tebbutt and Victoria Jukes Director: Gerry Tebbutt Reviewer: Bill Avenell It must be difficult for pantomime producers on a limited budget to decide how much to spend on the stars and how much on the production. With all due respect to Bonny Langford, who incidentally makes a very good fist of Fairy Snow, a more glamorous style of ...

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