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Lionboy Tricycle Theatre, London

Theatre  Following a successful national tour in 2013, Complicite’s first dip into children’s theatre - an adaptation of Zizou Corder’s popular trilogy of books - has been revived ahead of a UK and international tour, Annabel Arden’s original production having been reworked by directors Clive Mendus and James Yeatman and featuring some new material.

Jack and the Beanstalk Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea

Pantos  This Jack and the Beanstalk is an attractive show, easy on the eye, with plenty of colour, although it is blighted by a script that’s too wordy at times.

The Little Match Girl Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, London

Dance  The story of The Little Match Girl never failed to move me to tears as a child, not least because she ends up matchless.

Saturday Night Fever Theatre Royal Glasgow

Theatre  In adapting Saturday Night Fever for the stage, Robert Stigwood and Bill Oakes refused the easy option of creating a mere jukebox musical: throughout the show, the harsh themes of the film - drugs, racism, social exclusion and sexism - are frequently referenced.

Mrs Gerrish’s Grotto Brewery, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Theatre  This is the Ministry of Entertainment’s seventh visit to one of Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatres and a return for fading, eager to please entrepreneur, Mrs Gerrish.

Almost, Maine Park Theatre, London

Theatre  Love is all around but it’s far from wet wet wet or syrupy in John Cariani’s cult assemblage of a score of characters splintered by passion.

Alice St Mary’s Centre, Chester

Theatre  With so many stage and screen adaptations of Lewis Carroll’s beloved adventures with Alice crowding our consciousnesses, Theatre in the Quarter deserve huge praise for finding a fresh way to present such familiar material.

Eric and Little Ern St James Theatre, London

Theatre  Seen previously in the West End in 2013 and on tour before, since and hereafter, this salute to Morecambe and Wise follows the formula for such tributes by opening in a situation that allows them to reminisce about their careers and recreate favourite routines.

Poppy the Pirate and the Christmas Star Brook Theatre, Chatham

Theatre  This is an excellent example of interactive, promenade theatre for very young children, which strikes a well-judged balance between watching, listening and taking part.

Aladdin Central Theatre, Chatham

Pantos  Few versions of Aladdin make much of the Emperor, but Paul Bentley’s operatic take on it is both refreshing and successful.

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