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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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Cinderella – The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Andrew Pollard Director: Martin Berry Musical Director: Joshua Goodman Choreographer: Liz Marsh Reviewer: Michael Gray “Well it's good, but it's not what I'd call traditional...” proclaimed the elderly lady just along the row. She has a point. Andrew Pollard's script has more than a few novel touches. Baron Hardup has expired, leaving his wicked widow free to bully poor ...

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End of the Rainbow – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Judy performing at the Talk of the Town

Writer: Peter Quilter Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Judy Garland is in London with her soon-to-be fifth husband Mickey Deans, ostensibly to complete a six-week residency at the Talk of the Town, but in reality to pay off her substantial debts and hopefully kick-start her career. Forty-seven years on from her demise, Garland's name still has the power to ...

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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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Cinderella – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Fine Time Fontayne Based on a version by: Joel Horwood and Morgan Lloyd Malcolm Director: Daniel Buckroyd Original Music and Additional Lyrics: Richard Reeday Choreographer: Charlie Morgan Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Cinderella is arguably the most popular pantomime tale of all, thanks in no small part to the strength of its story. The classic boy meets girl tale is ...

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Sleeping Beauty – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Jonathan Petherbridge Composer: Richard Reeday Director: Tony Casement Reviewer: Michael Gray Among the C-listers and the pop charts, the cruise-ship choreography and the desperate decibels that often fill pantoland, it's a real pleasure to sit back and enjoy this charmingly original re-working of the Sleeping Beauty story, originally written by Jonathan Petherbridge for London Bubble Theatre, and directed for ...

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