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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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The Mikado – The Civic, Darlington

Lyrics: W S Gilbert Music:Sir Arthur Sullivan Director: John Savournin Conductor: James Hendry Choreographer: Phillip Aiden Reviewer: Rob Atkinson The Mikado is regarded by many as the jewel in the Gilbert &Sullivan crown; the best and most original of the Savoy Operas. That much is up for debate - G&S aficionados will argue long into any given night for their ...

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The Mikado – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Director: Jeff Clarke Revival Director: Jenny Arnold Musical Director: Ben Holder Reviewer: Michael Gray The Mikado was always a fashion statement. All things Japanese were the rage in 1880s London, and Liberty's, no less, dressed the original production at the Savoy. So it is absolutely appropriate that Gilbert's tale of the cheap tailor turned executioner should start in a sweat-shop, ...

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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 Mikado – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Arthur Sullivan Libretto: W C Gilbert Original Director: Jeff Clarke Revival Director: Jenny Arnold Reviewer: Helen Jones [rating: 5] Opera Della Luna have been producing innovative productions of musical theatre for nearly twenty years. Their present tour of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado keeps up their high standards of producing accessible enjoyable shows on a smaller scale than the ...

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The Three Musketeers – Rosemary Branch Theatre, London

Writer and Director: John Savournin Reviewer: Hattie Williams [rating:4] The fabulous cast of Charles Court Opera are back, bursting from the seams of the Rosemary Branch Theatre with their delightfully imaginative new pantomime The Three Musketeers. In the confines of a questionable convent (James Perkins’ set design is more hotchpotch side alley than holy sanctuary) the Musketeers meet again in ...

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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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Merrie England – Finborough Theatre, London

Music: Edward German Libretto: Basil Hood Director: Alex Sutton Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:5] The Finborough's policy of celebrating neglected British musical theatre has unearthed much of interest for fans of the genre, though it is probably safe to say that there have been as many which will remain curiosities as there have bona fide successes worthy of further recognition and ...

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