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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

It’s a 10th anniversary celebration for stars of the show, father and son double act Clive Webb (Oddjob) and Danny Adams (Muddles), and the young director, producer and writer Michael Harrison. All three have created this version of pantomime over the past decade, and their success is such that it no longer feels like Christmas until the lights go up...

Sleeping Booty!

Now in its third year, the Leicester Square adult pantomime has become something of an institution and to mark this evolution, producers Martin Witts and Lesley Ackland appear to have upped the ante in terms of set design and marketing. Fortunately, the artistic elements are left in the extremely capable hands of director Stuart Saint, who takes the tiny space...

An Ideal Husband

Rachel Kavanaugh’s rather starry production of Oscar Wilde’s play of scandal and blackmail is a decidedly unsprightly affair, a bit blunt in the tooth; running at nearly three hours it’s also slow-going at times even if it does pick up considerably towards the end.
Jemma Redgrave’s scheming Mrs Cheveley threatens to expose Sir Robert Chiltern’s, not inconsiderable, past misdeeds –...

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Hamlet by Harry Venning for week 48, 2014

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In this week's issue

    Exclusively in the November 27 issue of The Stage
    •  More than 350 Christmas shows around the UK listed in our epic pantomime special
    • Panto veteran Christopher Biggins explains why panto is the hardest he works all year, and why he wouldn't have it any other way
    • "Panto snobs don't have souls." Michael Coveney takes on po-faced panto haters
    • Pan-global panto: how the rest of the world has taken a British tradition and tuned it to the local culture
    • Mind-blowing special effects are par for the panto course when you're entertaining families in the CGI age. We meet the company making them happen
    • It's not all panto. Oh, yes it is! And for many theatres, seasonal programming is what keeps the doors open for the rest of the year. We track the serious business of pantomime
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