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Robin Hood – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Director and Choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: David Jobson If you want to see a panto that is traditional, gives all the characters their moment in the limelight and doesn’t have endless childish and double entendre humour, then Robin Hood at the Mayflower isn’t for you. If you’re after a panto that has spectacular production values, gives its stars all the ...

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Grease – Curve Theatre, Leicester

Jessica Paul as Sandy Dumbrowski with the Pink Ladies in Grease

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman The 1978 film of Grease is one of the most-loved movie musicals of all time, but its inspiration, the 1971 Broadway show, is a lesser-known predecessor. Revived by Nikolai Foster for a Christmas season at Curve, the show is taken back to its original Broadway roots, ...

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Annie – Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

latest touring cast annie the musical

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Dominic Corr For just shy of forty years, Annie has often proven to be one of the most popular and sickeningly sweet musicals ever to grace the stage. This new production, however, manages to downplay the sugar and generate some genuine chemistry between its characters. The plot ...

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Legally Blonde – Curve, Leicester

Lucie Jones as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde

Music and Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe &Nell Benjamin Book: Heather Hach Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Based on the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon and Amanda Brown’s semi-autobiographical novel, the musical of Legally Blonde opened on Broadway in 2007. It transferred to the West End in 2009, winning the Olivier Award for Best New Musical and launching its leading ...

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Annie – Liverpool Empire

The cast of Annie

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: John Roberts   It’s hard not to get won over by the overt optimism that seeps through every element of this saccharine-sweet musical. Generations of theatre goers have filled theatres all over the world to hear Little Orphan Annie sing The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow and it’s ...

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Dick Whittington – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Director and Choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: Dan English   Shane Richie takes us down to Ol’ London Town at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre for its festive pantomime offering, Dick Whittington. Directed by Nick Winston, the production is a fun-filled two-hour romp through Whittington’s journey from sleepy commoner to Lord Mayor of London, with a little help from his cat. There is ...

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Peter Pan – His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen

Writer: JM Barrie Adapter: Alan McHugh Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Someone’s flying high above the roofs of Aberdeen this Christmas as Peter Pan arrives to sprinkle some magic fairy dust over the boys and girls who come to pay him a visit, in a swashbuckling adventure filled with fun for all the family. Peter, the boy who never ...

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Annie – The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: Sue Collier Annie is set during the Depression of New York in the thirties. Like Cinderella, it tells the story of an abandoned child who is seemingly without prospects but whose personality shines through to charm everyone she meets. Annie lives in an orphanage, ...

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