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Be my Baby – Leeds Playhouse, Pop-Up Theatre

Writer: Amanda Whittington Director: Jacqui Honess-Martin Musical Director: Richard Reeday Movement Director: Jenni Jackson Reviewer: Janet Jepson In the 1950s and 60s, everyone knew a local girl who had ‘gone to stay with her auntie for a couple of months’. She would always return, with no sign of roses in her cheeks from fresh country air, but looking a bit ...

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Summer Holiday – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Stage Adapters: Michael Gyngell & Mark Haddigan Directors: Elizabeth Newman & Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: Jay Nuttall After weeks of commuter hell in the north of England, it was a pleasure to see a crowd of people with beaming smiles desperate to board public transport at Bolton’s new travel interchange. The OctagonTheatre’s production of Summer Holiday may not take us beyond Bolton’s ...

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer/Director: Daniel Buckroyd Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Michael Gray This sparkling Snow White – Daniel Buckroyd’s fourth panto for Made in Colchester – is a delightful cocktail of glamour, glitter and good old-fashioned fun. David Shields’ designs feature giant candles, surrounding the flown title, and later the magic mirror and the Princess’s glass coffin. There’s an impressive dungeon laboratory, as ...

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Dick Whittington – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writers: Daniel Buckroyd, Fine Time Fontayne Director: Daniel Buckroyd Musical Director: Richard Reeday Choreographer: Charlie Morgan Reviewer: Michael Gray Beneath the impressive 21st Century gloss, and despite the Trump gags, this is a warmly traditional panto, its appeal effortlessly spanning the generations. Director and co-writer Daniel Buckroyd has wisely re-hired many of last year’s Aladdin company; they seem very much ...

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Singin’ in the Rain – The New Vic – Newcastle under Lyme.

Actor-Musician production of Singing' in the Rain directed by Elizabeth Newman

Book: Betty Comden &Adolph Green Music: Nacio Herb Brown Lyrics: Arthur Freed Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Carol Lovatt The New Vic’s latest co-production with Bolton’s Octagon Theatre of Singin’ in the Rain is a show not to be missed. Full of memorable songs written by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, laugh-out-loud antics, clever choreography plus heaps of love and ...

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Aladdin -Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Tim Freeman Antony-Stuart Hicks and Dale Superville

Writer: Fine Time Fontayne Director and Writer: Daniel Buckroyd Musical Director: Richard Reeday Reviewer: Michael Gray   You’ll believe a mat can fly … Aladdin’s magic carpet ride was just one of many delights in this carefully crafted panto, a near-perfect cocktail of glamour, silliness and fairy-tale romance. Under the green-eyed gaze of the dragons rampant either side of the ...

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James And The Giant Peach – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Roald Dahl – adapted by David Wood Director: Matthew Cullum Musical Director: Richard Reeday Reviewer: Michael Gray   Trina Bramman’s beautifully realised set has the giant peach stone at its core, and around it the Big Apple, suggested by trees made of lamp posts and street signs. Television screens are put out with the rubbish; an accordion lies waiting ...

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Little Shop Of Horrors – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Book &Lyrics:Howard Ashman Music: Alan Menken Director: Gareth Machin Musical Director: Richard Reeday Choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: Michael Gray This cult musical is a cultivar of the 1960 Corman film; from modest origins off-Broadway, it has grown into a major industry, with community groups drawn to its catchy tunes and off-the-wall story. Specialist plantsmen supply the various Audrey IIs, from ...

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