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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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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Alan Janes Director: Matt Salisbury Reviewer: Beth Steer Pitted as the ‘world’s most successful Rock ‘n’ Roll musical, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story has come to Cardiff’s New Theatre. Seen by more than 22 million people in over 25,000 shows worldwide, the show has been running for 27 years since it first opened in London, and charts the ‘golden ...

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Sleeping Beauty – City Varieties, Leeds

Morgana the Wicked Witch

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Matt Aston Musical Director: Greg Palmer Designer: Judith Croft Reviewer: Holly Spanner Now in its sixth riotous year, the City Varieties Rock n’ Roll pantomime is back with this year’s offering, Sleeping Beauty. But this is Sleeping Beauty with a difference. Princess Aurora has become Princess Susie, the three good fairies are rolled into the larger ...

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Million Dollar Quartet – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Martin Kaye and Jason Donovan in Million Dollar Quartet

Writer: Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Inspired by the famous recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time, Million Dollar Quartet is a rockin', rollin', unstoppable force that cannot fail to delight its audience. Transporting its audience ...

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Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood – City Varieties, Leeds

Darrell Brockis, Louisa Beadel and Sophie Byrne in Robin Hood

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: Holly Spanner The creative team at The City Varieties are back for another year with their hugely successful Rock N’ Roll Pantomime, this time Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood. Incidentally, it was during the 1941 Christmas production of Babes in the Wood that a woman in the audience famously gave birth! ...

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A Vision of Elvis – Grand Opera House, York

Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Having toured Europe, A Vision of Elvis is set to tour throughout the UK in 2014 and York’s Grand Opera House is an early date in the schedule. The show was produced by Artistes International Management and stars Rob Kingsley and the Cadillac Band, along with the Sweet Sensations. The show has the approval of Mr. Ed ...

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The Buddy Holly Story – The Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Alan James Director: Matt Salisbury Reviewer: Ruth Lovett On the 55th anniversary of the death of Buddy Holly, his story rolls back in to town and is welcomed with just as much fervour as ever. Taking place over a three year period from January 1956 until that fateful February night in 1959, we witness Holly’s (Roger Rowley) rapid rise ...

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Dreamboats and Petticoats – De Montfort Hall, Leicester

Writers: Laurence Marks &Maurice Gran Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer [Rating:3] Inspired by the popular albums of the same name, Dreamboats and Petticoats is a jukebox musical full of timeless rock n roll classics. Featuring hits such as Teenager in Love, Do You Wanna Dance, and Let’s Twist Again, this show certainly delivers if you’re looking for a nostalgia-inducing ...

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