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The Cat in the Hat – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Katie Mitchell Director: Suba Das Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin The Cat in the Hat is Dr Seuss’s tonic for keeping kids amused on wet days. Indeed, it is a wet day when the magnificent creature comes calling on a Boy and his older sister Sally. The bored squabbling siblings let the purring pussy in – much to the annoyance of their ...

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Yellow Breck Road – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: Gerry Linford Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: John Roberts Following on from his critically acclaimed debut play The Miracle of Great Homer Street last summer, writer Gerry Linford returns to the Court with his follow up play of love, loss and family relationships that remind us that there really is no place like home. Loosely based on The Wizard of Oz, ...

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FEATURE: Hope springs eternal in Liverpool’s independent theatre scene

There can surely be few streets in the UK more impressive in its dazzling array of theatres, concert halls and bars than Liverpool’s Hope Street. In addition to the much loved Everyman Theatre and the Philharmonic Hall, a new independent theatre, appropriately named the Hope Street Theatre has opened in the City’s Masonic Hall. In full view of the Everyman, ...

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Beauty and the Beast – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Kevin Dyer Music: Patrick Dineen Director: Nina Hakiyianni Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin Including a great deal of movement and physical theatre in a show for children is always a risk. While many delight in the comic antics and accent on movement, others insist on breaking the silence with their own dialogue – some of it from traditional Panto. In many ...

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Aladdin – The Hope Street Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Jessica Lea Director: Sam Donovan Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin It was probably the title that made the team change the ancient rules of pantomime: Instead of a girl as the principal boy they decided to bring A-lad-in. [Editor: Groan] The lad in question being Adam McCoy who wastes no time using his youthful good looks to win over the audience ...

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The Snow Queen – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Sarah A Nixon & Mark Chadderton Director: Mark Chadderton Reviewer: John Roberts This year’s Rock’n’Roll pantomime from The Everyman theatre is a loose take on the Hans Christian Anderson tale The Snow Queen, and while it may not be as slick as last year’s Little Mermaid offering, it’s still a funny, engaging and energetic offering that ensures its place as ...

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Scouse Cinderella – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer/Director: Kevin Fearon Reviewer: John Roberts The Royal Court has firmly become the place to go for the more adult and alternative fayre to the traditional pantomime. But if truth be told, while the cast have always been at the top of the game, the end results have always been a little hit and miss, for every Scouse of the ...

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Calendar Girls: The Musical – Liverpool Empire

Writers: Tim Firth & Gary Barlow Director: Matt Ryan Reviewer: John Roberts Tim Firth is no stranger to Calendar Girls having penned the original movie screenplay in 2003 and then the stage production in 2008. Now working in partnership with singer/songwriter and lead singer of Take That, Gary Barlow, the pair have re-worked the cheeky true story of a group of ...

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