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Beauty and the Beast – St Helens Theatre Royal

Writer: Liam Mellor Director: Chantelle Nolan Reviewer: John Roberts St Helens Theatre Royal was one of the first venues to start producing an Easter pantomime, starting off as a three show experiment over 10 years ago, this has now grown into something far bigger and puts some producers’ pitiful Christmas offerings to shame – but that’s no surprise given the ...

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Aladdin – St Helens Theatre Royal

Writer: Liam Mellor Director: Chantelle Nolan Reviewer: John Roberts At just under two hours, this year’s festive offering of Aladdin at St Helens Theatre Royal is a surprisingly slick affair. It’s bold, vibrant and keeps itself firmly on track, bringing all the traditional elements of the genre together and never out staying its welcome. Chantelle Nolan has arguably produced and directed ...

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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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The Wizard of Oz – Theatre Royal, St. Helens

Writer: Liam Mellor Director: Chantelle Nolan Reviewer: Emma Boswell We’re off to see the Wizard…in St. Helens Theatre Royal! Regal Entertainment provides a wonderfully wicked medley of magic, villains and lots of giggles in St. Helens Theatre Royal this half term. The Theatre Royal acts as a warm and welcoming host to this fun-filled pantomime adaptation of the Wizard of ...

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Peter Pan – St Helens Theatre Royal

Ray Quinn as Peter Pan at Theatre Royal St Helens

Writer: Liam Mellor Director: Chantelle Nolan Reviewer: John Roberts   As pantomimes go,Peter Pan hasn’t always been the perfect fit; it lacks the fairytale magic that fills other titles, however, Liam Mellor’s script manages to take the important plot points of JM Barrie’s dark tale of friendship, revenge, and forgiveness and add enough comic moments to keep the audience thoroughly ...

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Cinderella – St Helens Theatre Royal

Cast of Cinderella

Writer: Jane Joseph and Liam Mellor Director: Chantelle Nolan Reviewer: John Roberts   As pantomimes go, if you ask any young girl their favourite, most would probably answer Cinderella and why not? Who doesn’t love arags-to-riches story? Running just under a hefty three hours, this production could do with a bit of an energy injection and a judicious trim to ...

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Dick Whittington – Liverpool Empire Theatre

The cast of Dick Whittington

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Jane Joseph Reviewer: John Roberts   Who doesn’t like some Dick at Christmas? Behave! We are of course talking about Mr. Whittington, Lord Mayor of London, although in this version Lord Mayor of Liverpool in a local twist to the tale – which works perfectly given the maritime history of the city. Dick Whittington may be ...

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Sleeping Beauty – Theatre Royal, St Helens

Writer: Liam Mellor Director: Chantelle Nolan Choreographer: Sarah Walker Musical Director: George Francis Reviewer: Grace Galloway   The St Helens Theatre Royal is quickly becoming ‘the most established venue for Easter Pantomime in the North West’ according to the manager Chantelle Nolan, written in the show’s programme notes. Nevertheless this engaging, fun-loving production of Sleeping Beauty definitely coincides with that ...

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