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Scouse Pacific – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: Fred Lawless Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: John Roberts First produced at The Royal Court as a Christmas production, now almost a decade later the show gets a summer revival, which feels as fresh and as funny as it was when it was first performed. Needless to say this comic castaway caper features an almost face cohort in the roles ...

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Benidorm Live – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Derren Litten Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys An admission must be made, despite being familiar with the success of Benidorm over the course of its ten series run, this reviewer has never actually seen an episode of the sun, sea and sangria soaked hit ITV comedy. However, it's evident from the deafening applause that greets each beloved character as ...

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Cinderella – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer: Daniel O’Brien Director: Rhiannon Hannon Musical Director: Jim Lunt Choreographer: Louise Denison Designer: Mark Walters Reviewer: Ron Simpson Wakefield Theatre Royal pantomimes come with a guarantee of good quality traditional fun, with a successful formula that delivers every time. Daniel O’Brien (aka Colin Blumenau) does the words, locally sourced and not too naughty, Rhiannon Hannon directs unshowily, and with ...

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Benidorm Live – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Venue: Theatre Royal Plymouth Writer: Derren Litten Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Having been axed after 10 years, one of ITV’s most successful sitcoms of recent years comes to the stage for a national tour - a bit of Spanish sun in the biting October weather. The secret of Benidorm’s success is that the comedy is a throwback to ...

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Mam! I’m ‘Ere – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer/Director: Stephen Fletcher Reviewer: John Roberts Having first been performed six years ago and revived in a bigger, stronger production in 2016 at Liverpool’s Royal Court, Mam! I’m ‘Ere is back once again and by all accounts, it’s the best outing of the production to date. Just off the coast of North Wales, island holiday camp Boogie Wonderland is on ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Theatre Royal, York

Writers: Berwick Kaler Music: Elliot Styche Director: Damian Cruden and Berwick Kaler Choreographer: Grace Harrington Reviewer: Sophie Dodworth Britain’s longest-serving pantomime dame Berwick Kaler is back once again to entertain the eager Christmas crowd gathered at the York Theatre Royal. Over the decades, the actor has created a seasonal institution and one that is part of many families annual Christmas ...

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The Scouse Nativity – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: Kevin Fearon Additional Material/Director: Cal McCrystal Reviewer: John Roberts   If we are to be truly honest, then the Christmas shows over the past few years at The Royal Court have been a little hit and miss – the productions have tried to rely on the same formula of past successes and left little to the imagination, thankfully this ...

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Aladdin – Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Writer: Daniel O’Brien Co-Directors: Louise Denison, Chris Hannon Musical Director: Jim Lunt Designer: Mark Walters Reviewer: Ron Simpson Pantomimes are all about tradition, not only the stories and the time-honoured routines, but also the traditions that are created within each theatre. This year’s Aladdin is a typical Wakefield pantomime, with all the elements securely in place, even if – early ...

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