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The Three Musketeers – Williamson Park, Lancaster

Writer: Hattie Naylor Director: Sarah Punshon Reviewer: May Mellstrom The sun will certainly be shining on Williamson Park this summer; not only is it the perfect place to enjoy the rare heatwave but The Dukes' production of The Three Musketeers burns almost as brightly in what must surely be their most joyful park show yet.   Playwright Hattie Naylor adapts ...

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Treasure Island – The New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Robert Louis Stevenson Adaptor and director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Artistic director Theresa Heskins writes in her programme notes that after consultation with focus groups of children as to what should be on their stage at Christmas the overwhelming consensus involved pirates, treasure and fights. And so, bowing to popular opinion, Treasure Island is in full production as ...

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Cinderella – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Andrew Pollard Music: Rebekah Hughes Director: Joyce Branagh Reviewer: Ruth Jepson If there is a classic in the land of pantomimes, then it has to be Cinderella. The rags to riches tale of a poor girl, banished to the kitchens by her evil stepsisters, with only the mice and her good friend Buttons for company. That is, until her ...

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The Snow Queen – Z Arts, Manchester

Production Image of The Snow Queen

Writer: Philip Osment Director: Jonathan McGrath Reviewer: Jay Nuttall   "Enough screen time!" we are warned towards the beginning of Z Arts' contemporary production of Hans Christian Anderson's classic The Snow Queen. In an ever-evolving digital age writer Philip Osment and director Jonathan Mcrath have decided to reinterpret this allegorical tale and update it well and truly into the 21st ...

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War Horse – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Nick Stafford Director: Marianne Elliott &Tom Morris Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Sometimes it seems that our hearts and minds cannot handle or contemplate human suffering and loss on such a momentous scale as occurred in the world wars. Yet if we focus on one story or relationship within the tangled web of the past we can engaged ...

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War Horse – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Nick Stafford Director: Marianne Elliott &Tom Morris Reviewer: Iris Beaumont [Rating:5] War Horse never nearly happened, Nicholas Hytner was hesitant about a 2.5 hour long show where the central character was 10ft foot tall and never speaks a single word, however Tom Morris managed to persuade The National Theatre’s Director to take a risk and a ...

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Sabbat – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer: Richard Shannon Director: Amy Leach Reviewer: Mary Halton [rating:4] Marking the 400th anniversary of the Pendle witch trials, The Dukes’ Theatre, Lancaster tour of the remarkable Sabbat brings their tale to the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond- providing the perfect setting for this age-old yet resonant story. From the comfort of the 21st century, the witch trials are largely ...

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