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H.M.S. Pinafore – Kings Head Theatre, London

Writer: W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Director: John Savournin Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty There’s a bounce and bit of mischief running through this colourful production that makes it impossible not to love. From Buttercup’s sweet sassiness to the jolly-sailor patter of the crew, it’s all just hugely entertaining – highlighting the ridiculousness of the situation even more than other productions that ...

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Buttons: A Cinderella Story – The King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer and Director: John Savournin Music and Lyrics: David Eaton Reviewer: Maryam Philpott All little girls are told to dream of their Prince Charming, handsome, chivalrous and brave, destined to ride in one day and rescue us from sweeping fireplaces and making friends with woodland creatures. But as we grow up, and especially in the last year, we have realised ...

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King Tut: A Pyramid Panto – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer and Director: James Savournin Lyrics and Arrangements: David Eaton Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In the well-trodden panto furrow, genuine innovation is pretty rare, so Charles Court Opera’s latest “Boutique Pantomime” at the King’s Head Theatre is something a bit special. While the political jokes are updated every year and the gender-swapped casting may be de rigueur, the essential elements of ...

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The Magic Flute – The King’s Head, London

Man with blue Mahican headress

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Adaptation: John Savournin and David Eaton Director: John Savournin Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Opera companies have long sought ways to attract newcomers, pioneering the concept of live cinema screenings and finding ways to dissolve the boundaries between performers and audience with up-close shows in small venues. Mozart’s The Magic Flute is one of the most accessible with ...

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Mirror Mirror – King’s Head Theatre, London

The Cast of Mirror Mirror at London's King's Head Theatre

Writer: John Savournin and David Eaton Director: John Savournin and David Eaton Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   Charles Court Opera’s annual “boutique” pantomime is something of North London legend. Having spent eight successful years at the Rosemary Branch Theatre, it has now made a new home half a mile away at the King’s Head, where it uses the venue’s close atmosphere ...

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Buttons: Another Cinderella Story – Rosemary Branch Theatre, London

Writers: John Savournin and David Eaton Director/Choreographer: John Savournin Reviewer: Michael Gray [rating:4.5] This is the 7th boutique Panto Charles Court Opera have brought to the Rosemary Branch, and they couldn’t have wished for a more enthusiastic audience of “boys and girls”. Crammed into the intimacy of the upper room, they cheered, booed, heckled, sang along and generally gave as ...

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The Pirates of Penzance – King’s Head Theatre, London

Music: Arthur Sullivan Libretto: WS Gilbert Director: John Savournin Reviewer: Michael Gray [rating:4.5] Charles Court Opera’s compact, pocket-sized Pirates is set in a child’s bedroom – rocking horse, toy box, pirate ship on the bookshelf – and a window prominent downstage left. Enter through it, not Peter Pan, but Captain Hook, or his Pirate King lookalike, played here with a ...

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