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Aladdin – Plymouth Athenaeum

Writer: John Nicholson and Le Navet Bete Director: John Nicholson Set & Costume Designer: Fi Russell Composer: Peter Coyte Choreographer: Linzy Na Nakorn Lighting Designer: Marcus Bartlett Reviewer: Helen Tope Bright, bold and wittily inventive, Le Navet Bete’s pantomime takes on the challenge of telling the story of Aladdin. We know the nuts-and-bolts of the story: the lamp, the genie, ...

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Cinderella – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Fine Time Fontayne and Kevin Shaw Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Matthew Forrest The Oldham Coliseum is garnering quite the reputation for putting on great productions and this year’s pantomime Cinderella is no exception. This is an absolute treat for kids from 6 to 86, that will have them grinning like Cheshire cats! It is a tale we all know and ...

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Snow White – Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

snow white and the seven dwarfs

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: David Goodal Choreographer: Martin McLaughlin Reviewer: Fraser MacDonal Pantomime perfection is often striven for but rarely achieved. In a wee theatre in Greenock on a snowy December night, Snow White confirms that it’s not always the biggest shows that are the best. The recipe for success mixes a tried-and-tested storyline, a killer script and a whole ...

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Puss in Boots – Britannia Panopticon, Glasgow

man in shabby clothes woman dressed as a cat

Writer: Grant F. Kidd Director: Grant F. Kidd Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald The world’s oldest music hall brings a classic traditional story back after a successful return to pantomime in 2016. Panoptica is in danger from an evil Giant and his assistant Demon Moonshade (Sally Starshine). Our hero, Tom, has returned to inherit his father’s estate before all is destroyed. Will Tom’s ...

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Aladdin – City Varieties, Leeds

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Matt Aston Musical Director: Greg Palmer Reviewer: Holly Spanner The City Varieties Rock n’ Roll Panto is one that should be in everyone’s calendar. This seemingly modest production which has graced the Victorian stage since reopening after the £9.9m refurbishment in 2011, has quickly worked its way into the hearts of Loiners and the general public ...

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Cinderella – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

man in drag with dancers

Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Dominic Corr This was the year many found their voice to speak out. It was a divisive year, emotionally, politically and morally for many. Pantomime reminds us to sit back, relax and to just breath. Be close to our loved ones and appreciate the finer things in life just for a few hours. The finest of ...

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The Wizard of Never Woz – Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Iain Gordon Writer: Iain Gordon Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Joining Dorothy and her pals as they adventure through the magical land of Never Woz, The Wizard of Never Woz offers a distinctly Scottish twist on the classic tale. The Wizard of Never Woz may be the Glasgow Pavilion’s best panto offering in recent years. Packed with audience participation, bright lights ...

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INTERVIEW: Scottish panto favourite Johnny Mac talks to The Reviews Hub

Johnny Mac is no stranger to pantomime. This year, as he treads the boards of Glasgow’s King’s Theatre for the very first time, he sat down with The Reviews Hub’s Fraser MacDonald to talk about his journey to playing Muddles in Sleeping Beauty. A Glasgow boy at heart, Johnny is chuffed to be back on home turf after another mammoth ...

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