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Snow White and the Happy Ever After Beauty Salon – Oval House

Writer: Mike Akers Director: Hannah Mulder Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty Panto season is in full swing and there are Snow Whites stacked up as options for an evening’s entertainment. The Wrong Crowd, who produce this show, are possibly banking on some parents being sick of shouting “he’s behind you” year on year and want a credible alternative without straying too far ...

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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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Some Like It Hotter – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Author: Richard Hurford Director: Karen Simpson Musical Director: Neil MacDonald Reviewer: Bill Avenell [rating:4.0]   No doubt most of the audience at the Yvonne Arnaud last night would be familiar with the famous 1959 Billy Wilder film Some Like It Hot. But even with only a passing knowledge of the film they would have seen enough snippets over the years ...

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Some Like It Hotter – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Richard Hurford Director: Karen Simpson Musical Director: Neil MacDonald Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4]   Billy Wilder’s classic movie of 1958 has inspired spin-offs galore, including several musicals, but none as fanciful, or half as much fun, as this light-hearted look at the afterlife. We find ourselves in Limbo – the anteroom to Paradise – represented here by Jane Linz ...

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Radio Times The Musical – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Book: Abi Grant &Alex Armitage Music: Noel Gay Choreographer: Alistair David Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: Kathryn M. Bartlett [rating:4.5] Radio Times The Musical is a joyous, overtly enjoyable and unforgettable show to watch, that leaves you uplifted and chock-full delightful, warm, entertaining memories. The show is set within Piccadilly’s Criterion Theatre during 1940’s war-torn London. The audience initially view the ...

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Radio Times – Richmond Theatre, London

Music: Noel Gay Book: Abi Grant and Alex Armitage Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: JohnnyFox [rating:4] You’ve never heard of Reg Armitage from Wakefield, have you? Much less heard that he was one of Britain’s most prolific composer-lyricists in the years between the two World Wars or that Sheridan Morley described him as the nearest thing Britain had to a home-grown ...

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Radio Times – Derby Theatre

Music: Noel Gay Book: Abi Grant and Alex Armitage Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: James Garrington [rating:4.5] As the nights are drawing in, what could be better than spending an evening enjoying the warm glow of some good, old-fashioned entertainment? Radio Times tells the story of a group of wartime radio entertainers, about to broadcast to America for the first time. ...

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Radio Times – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Noel Gay Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: Sue Dixon [rating:5] Radio Times is an utterly delightful and entertaining musical – a toe tapping frolic through a live broadcast variety show from the past. Anyone in the audience of the atmospheric Royal Theatre, Northampton must have felt like a time traveller, transported to a BBC theatre during the blitz while the ...

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