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Christmas Carol: A Fairy Tale – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Piers Torday Director: Stephanie Street Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Charles Dickens’s original story of A Christmas Carol is, there’s no disguising it, a male story. Ebenezer interacts almost exclusively with men, from put-upon clerk Bob Cratchit to cheery nephew Fred. All the ghosts, from Jacob Marley to the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, are male. The ...

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An Edinburgh Christmas Carol – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens Adaptor: Tony Cowie Director: Tony Cownie Reviewer: Dominic Corr Instilling our most cherished festive tale, with the façade of our fair city, should be a winning combination which sits alongside holly and ivy, wine and mistletoe or the Queen’s Speech. An Edinburgh Christmas Carol places Ebenezer Scrooge, the original curmudgeon, on the cold, ...

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Prince Charming – Perth Theatre

Writer: Jenny Worton Director: Ross McKay Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys There’s a lot of pressure being charming all the time. So many expectations. It’s enough to make you take to your bed and stay there in the same pants for three months. Prince Charming is crippled with anxiety, worrying about the dark, being struck by lightning, getting lost in the Bermuda ...

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The Trench – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Oliver Lansley Directors: Oliver Lansley and James Seager Reviewer: Scott Matthewman As the centenary of the Armistice approaches, it feels an appropriate time to revive Les Enfants Terribles’ 2012 show The Trench, set in the muddy battlefields of World War I – and far below them. Lansley’s script takes the form of an epic poem: the combination of battle ...

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Madagascar The Musical – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

Book: Kevin Del Aguila Music and Lyrics: Geoge Noriega and Joel Someillan Director: Kirk Jameson Musical Director: Angharad Sanders Reviewer: Dominic Corr What happens when the king of the jungle, a smart-mouthed zebra, a hypochondriac giraffe and a sassy hippo fall foul of a botched escape from the zoo? A two-billion-dollar film franchise followed by what else? A musical adaptation. Bringing the ...

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The Search For The Black-Browed Albatross – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Samantha Miles Director: Simon Panayi Reviewer: Jo Beggs Charlie’s only twenty when her Dad dies. She hasn’t seen him for the past couple of years. Life has just been too busy. In her Dad’s old things she finds the ‘life list’ of birds that he set out to spot, all done apart from one – the rarest – at ...

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Yana and Yeti – 1532 Performing Arts Centre, Bristol

Writer: Pickled Image and Hattie Naylor Director: Emma Lloyd Reviewer: Swati Arora The Norwegian landscape is the protagonist in this visually stunning story of Yana as she finds herself in the middle of unfamiliar mountains and people, far away from home. This beautiful production is well-crafted and is performed to gorgeous music as Yana finds shelter and friendship in Yeti ...

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War Horse – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Nick Stafford (from Michael Morpurgo’s novel) Director: Marianna Elliott & Tom Morris Designer: Rae Smith Puppet Design and Direction: Basil Jones & Adrian Kohler Choreographer: Toby Sedgwick  Music: Adrian Sutton Reviewer: Leah Tozer  War Horse may be a show about horses, but it has the most heart, the most heroism, and the most humanity of any show you’ll ever see. The tale of Joey the horse and ...

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