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Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol The streets of York and 17 Colliergate, York

There can’t be many places better suited to a Dickensian tale than York, and so it proves with Nightshade Productions’ take on A Christmas Carol, which starts at The Shambles and follows a route to an empty shop, repurposed as Scrooge’s home.

Theatre Published on Thursday November 27 2014 at 10:40

Exit the King Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

The season of black comedies by European playwrights at the Ustinov in Bath has been a notable triumph.

Theatre Published on Thursday November 27 2014 at 10:27

Grimm Tales for Young and Old Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London

Earlier in the year, in the warren of rooms beneath Shoreditch Town Hall, Philip Wilson adapted a series of Philip Pullman’s versions of the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales; this second collection of tales, which has been relocated to the equally atmospheric Bargehouse on the South Bank, is bigger in scale.

Theatre Published on Thursday November 27 2014 at 10:12

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King Unicorn, London

This version of ETA Hoffmann’s story provides an entertaining world of mice catapaulted out of holes, swans on roller skates, a magnificently terrifying multi-headed, red-eyed mouse (well done, puppet designer Max Humphries) and a tour de force scenic surprise when the whole stage is revealed in Act II.

Theatre Published on Thursday November 27 2014 at 09:58

Don Quixote Royal Opera House, London

Never my favourite ballet, Marius Petipa’s Don Quixote has always struck me as inexpressibly dull.

Dance Published on Wednesday November 26 2014 at 13:31

Mixed program 2014 Linbury Studio Theatre, London

With 10 dancers, including one guest, stable management, and Arts Council funding that’s escaped the recent cuts, more is expected of Phoenix Dance Theatre than in its recent past.

Dance Published on Wednesday November 26 2014 at 13:25

Robin’s Winter Adventure Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

Robin and his family have to move from their idyllic rural life to one in the big city, and understandably the young boy doesn’t want to go.

Theatre Published on Wednesday November 26 2014 at 11:17

Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

This year West Yorkshire Playhouse is offering an ambitious Christmas programme including the major musical White Christmas, a classic Roald Dahl for older children in James and the Giant Peach, plus Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas for three to six-year-olds.

Theatre Published on Wednesday November 26 2014 at 11:03

Sacred Monsters Sadler’s Wells, London

It is so fitting that one of Sylvie Guillem’s penultimate performances (she announced her retirement at the beginning of this month) should be a work of such personal effect.

Dance Published on Wednesday November 26 2014 at 10:49

Once Phoenix Theatre, London

Once first arrived in the West End in the immediate juggernaut wake of The Book of Mormon, so it inevitably slipped a little below the radar.

Theatre Published on Wednesday November 26 2014 at 10:29

Saxon Court Southwark Playhouse, London

There’s nothing much to like about the people in Daniel Anderson’s strident debut Saxon Court and it nearly drowns under the weight of its own unpleasantness.

Theatre Published on Tuesday November 25 2014 at 12:47

The Essay: Shaping the Air - Writers and Radio BBC Radio 3

During the first of five essays on the voice and radio, recorded in October at London’s British Academy, actor and director Samuel West discusses how unforgiving a medium radio is.

Radio Published on Tuesday November 25 2014 at 10:39

Chimera Gate, London

The Gate Theatre’s Who Does She Think She Is? season continues with Suli Holum and Deborah Stein’s cerebral solo show, which premiered at the 2012 Under the Radar Festival in New York.

Theatre Published on Tuesday November 25 2014 at 10:16

Persuasion St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth

The hard-working Hotbuckle Productions is on an extensive tour with Persuasion but few venues could be more suitable than Great Yarmouth’s St George’s Theatre, a magnificent Wren-style 18th century chapel which adds so greatly to the atmosphere.

Theatre Published on Tuesday November 25 2014 at 10:06

Peter Pan Watermill Theatre, Bagnor

Wendy without Michael and John? Mr Darling without Mrs? Cross-dressing mermaids? One might consider all of this sacrilegious but it could not be more of a salute to JM Barrie’s endearing story.

Theatre Published on Monday November 24 2014 at 16:34

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