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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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Sleeping Beauty– The Coliseum, Oldham

Writers: Fine Time Fontayne and Kevin Shaw Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard It’s that time of year again and Oldham Coliseum are first out of the blocks with the 2016 pantomime; Sleeping Beauty.  Renowned for being one of the best in the region; this production does not disappoint. The story of Briar Rose (Demi Goodman); the princess whose fate ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Composer: Pyotr Tchaikovsky Reviewer: Beth Steer Deconstructing, dissecting and reassembling an amalgamation of all previous versions of Sleeping Beauty – from Disney to the Brothers Grimm to Tchaikovsky’s original score, Matthew Bourne’s reimagining of the classic fairytale is truly a masterpiece to behold. In this fantastic adaptation, spliced with sinister darkness and dripping with indulgent ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty – Bristol Hippodrome

Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer and Director: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Claire Hayes   It‘s the Brothers Grimm fairytale that enchanted so many childhoods, the Disney film rewound until the video tape wore thin, but Matthew Bourne audaciously reinvents the classical ballet of Sleeping Beauty for an audience all too familiar with its content. By immersing himself in all the versions ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Matthew Bourne's SLEEPING BEAUTY. featuring Ashley Shaw

Music: Tchaikovsky Director &Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty completes his reworking of the trio of Tchaikovsky’s well-loved ballets. After reinventing and making totally his own Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake with his all-male corps de ballet of swans, which followed his updated version of Nutcracker!, Bourne finally returned to Sleeping Beauty in order to turn his creative ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty – Liverpool Empire

Director/Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Reviewer: John Roberts   Completing his trilogy of Tchaikovsky’s big ballets, Matthew Bourne has once again brought his captivating sense of imagination and re-invented this classic ballet for The Vampire Diaries generation. Here, fairies, magic and mystery sit beautifully alongside the dark menace of the vampire and helps to firmly set Bourne’s gothic ...

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Sleeping Beauty – Floral Pavilion, New Brighton

Amy Thomson, Vicky Entwistle & Sarah Jane Buckly in Sleeping Beauty

Writer: Andrew Ryan Director: Andrew Margerison Reviewer: John Roberts   It’s been five years since UK Productions took over the tender to produce the yearly pantomime at New Brighton, bringing with them stronger productions, bigger production values and better names. It would appear on first look like Sleeping Beauty has the right ingredients to make this the best show in ...

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Sleeping Beauty – CAST, Doncaster

Esther-Grace Button as Fairy Nightshade in Sleeping Beauty at CAST

Director: Kully Thiarai Writers: Matthew Bugg and Tobias Oliver Reviewer: Andrew White   It’s that time of year again for theatres all over the land to switch into Panto mode (Oh, yes it is!) and Doncaster’s CAST is no exception. In fact, the CAST Pantomime is something of a tradition – even if this is only the venue‘s third one. ...

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