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Reviews

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There Was An Old Woman Southbank Centre, London

Tim Webb and Oily Cart have, over the years, developed a way of making participative theatre for the youngest children - and those with learning difficulties - which is all its own and this latest show about shoes does not, on the whole, disappoint although it’s a little too long for the concentration span of the target audience.

Theatre Published on Friday December 19 2014 at 16:55

The Shoemaker’s Holiday Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Philip Breen, whose Merry Wives of Windsor was a success here two years ago, tackles the first Royal Shakespeare Company production of Thomas Dekker’s play with panache.

Theatre Published on Friday December 19 2014 at 16:47

Cinderella Hull Truck Theatre, Hull

Here’s a toast for the downtrodden and all who have ever felt marginalised.

Pantos Published on Friday December 19 2014 at 16:31

The Princess and the Pea Crucible Theatre Studio, Sheffield

No conventional fairytale princess? A dried pea the size of a gobstopper? A pea-brained king living in a castle created from clutter in a “museum of all things forgotten”? Well, why not.

Theatre Published on Friday December 19 2014 at 16:17

Aladdin New Victoria, Woking

Aladdin is usually the most opulent pantomime in terms of costume and set, and First Family Entertainment rallies to the call with this sumptuous production, bursting with colour and sparkle.

Pantos Published on Friday December 19 2014 at 15:35

The Possible Impossible House Pit, Barbican, London

We’re in a deceptively simple world of imagination in which soldiers, a donkey, mouse, rhinoceros and spider - among other unlikely things - explore and create a story in a mysterious imagined house.

Theatre Published on Friday December 19 2014 at 15:27

Un Ballo in Maschera Royal Opera House, London

German director Katharina Thoma’s first UK production was Ariadne auf Naxos for Glyndebourne, which received a mixed reception.

Opera Published on Friday December 19 2014 at 15:23

Sleeping Beauty Hawth, Crawley

The year in which Disney managed to convolute the story of Sleeping Beauty with Maleficent, it’s good to see that the original fairy tale - performed live - still manages to engage a modern audience.

Pantos Published on Friday December 19 2014 at 15:23

Beauty and the Beast Darwen Library Theatre

A large cast is not always necessary to ensure a praiseworthy Christmas show, and this is a fine example of a smaller, tight-knit team delivering a pleasurable production.

Pantos Published on Friday December 19 2014 at 15:13

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

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.

Pantos Published on Friday December 19 2014 at 12:31

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

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

Dance Published on Friday December 19 2014 at 11:53

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Lionboy Tricycle Theatre, London

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.

Theatre Published on Friday December 19 2014 at 10:34

Saturday Night Fever Theatre Royal Glasgow

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.

Theatre Published on Thursday December 18 2014 at 12:05

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

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.

Theatre Published on Thursday December 18 2014 at 11:46

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Almost, Maine Park Theatre, London

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.

Theatre Published on Thursday December 18 2014 at 11:19

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