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Alice - The Musical The Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park

Theatre  Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland provides a wealth of entertaining, unusual characters and situations to equal any Christmas pantomime, and the Cambridge Touring Theatre embraces this to create an enchanting children’s musical.

A Bright Room Called Day Southwark Playhouse, London

Theatre  Set in Germany in the early 1930s, Tony Kushner’s play depicts the fall of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Hitler through the filter of Reagan’s America.

The Comedy of Errors Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Theatre  Keswick Theatre set designer Martin Johns gives the cast a headstart in this colourful, mirthful production of Comedy of Errors, with a stunning set that wins the hearts of the audience before a word is even uttered.

Memories of August 1914 City Centre, Liverpool

Theatre  A grandmother giant who walks with a stick as high as an elephant’s eye and carries a head full of First World War memories; her 18-ft Little Girl companion who travels along Lime Street on top of an old car; a massive black dog called Xolo - an unlikely tall trio for telling the story of the Liverpool Pals battalions who volunteered for service in 1914 perhaps?.

What the Ladybird Heard Cadogan Hall, London

Theatre  There’s plenty to commend in this four-hander adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s popular children’s book.

The Return of Ulysses Iford Manor, Bradford-upon-Avon

Opera  Baroque opera used to be regarded as a specialist taste, but it can be extremely immediate in its impact when done well.

Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival 2014 Central Saint Martins/Kings Place, London

Opera  After eight seasons at Hammersmith’s Riverside Studios, the experimental opera festival Tete a Tete has relocated to Central Saint Martins and Kings Place.

Adriana Lecouvreur Holland Park, London

Opera  Holland Park returns to its verismo period specialism with this 1902 romantic tragedy by Cilea, presented here in a new staging by Martin Lloyd-Evans.

Shakespeare in Love Noel Coward Theatre, London

Theatre  Declan Donnellan’s stage adaptation of the Oscar-laden 1998 film - in which Judi Dench famously acquired a best supporting actress award for her eight-minute turn as Queen Elizabeth I - is carried by its not inconsiderable charms.

Holes Arcola Tent, London

Theatre  Tom Basden’s Holes takes the plot of TV’s Lost and splices it with Lord of the Flies: the writer, a BBC favourite, strands three conference organisers and a teenager on an island, and invites us to watch them disintegrate.

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