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The Worst Witch – Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer: Emma Reeves from the novel by Jill Murphy Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Nicole Craft Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch has been entertaining children for the best part of three generations. Continuing to go full circle, the television series (two versions of!) inspire yesterday and today’s youngsters to seek out the books; the books inspiring those who haven’t discovered the ...

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The Worst Witch – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Emma Reeves based on the novel by Jill Murphy Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Tim Harding Panto season may have ended a few months ago, but The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry was packed with families tonight, many cheering and booing along with the antics on stage. They are here to welcome the arrival in Coventry of the girls and staff from Cackle’s ...

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Around the World in 80 Days – Liverpool Playhouse

 Writer: Jules Verne Adaptor: Laura Eason Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Tate James With mathematical precision, Phileas Fogg winds his way about the world, hopping from train to boat to elephant in Jules Verne’s 1873 novel; and it is with the same mathematical precision that this exceptional adaptation by Laura Eason bounds across the stage, dragging its willing audience across continents ...

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The Worst Witch – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Jill Murphy Adaptor: Emma Reeves Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Richard Hall At the age of fifteen, Jill Murphy began writing the first of her highly popular Worst Witch children’s books. Published a good twenty years before J K Rowling’s first Harry Potter novel, each book in the Worst Witch series follows the fortunes of Mildred Hubble, an ordinary and somewhat accident-prone young girl, ...

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Around the World in 80 Days– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: Jules Verne Adaptor: Laura Eason Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Lu Greer How do you take the story of a rich man making a bet, and produce something interesting? You create all 125 characters using only 8 actors and throw in trains, boats, fights, dances, circus acts, and an elephant for good measure. The play tells the infamous story of ...

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Treasure Island – The New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Robert Louis Stevenson Adaptor and director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Artistic director Theresa Heskins writes in her programme notes that after consultation with focus groups of children as to what should be on their stage at Christmas the overwhelming consensus involved pirates, treasure and fights. And so, bowing to popular opinion, Treasure Island is in full production as ...

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Around the World in 80 Days – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Jules Verne Adaptor: Laura Eason Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Sam Lowe All eight actors play over 125 characters. No easy task. Around the World in 80 Days is a fast-paced production, based on the classic adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne. This production has a Christmas residency at The Lowry as part of an adventurous sixth month ...

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Around The World in 80 Days – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Jules Verne Adaptor: Laura Eason Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Daryl Holden 125 characters, eight actors, six trains, five boats, four fights and an elephant all to get through in 80 days. Impossible? Not for Phileas Fogg and his trusted valet, Passepartout. In this truly enjoyable and faithful adaptation, Phileas Fogg (Andrew Pollard) makes an absurd wager of his entire ...

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