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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

Alice St Mary’s Centre, Chester

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.

Theatre Published on Thursday December 18 2014 at 11:07

Aladdin Central Theatre, Chatham

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

Pantos Published on Thursday December 18 2014 at 10:43

Eric and Little Ern St James Theatre, London

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.

Theatre Published on Thursday December 18 2014 at 10:27

Beauty and the Beast Oxford Playhouse

A large cast supported by numerous lively extras gives required strength to this production, a feast for the eyes and ears - from the colourful Bollywood-style opening right through to the big number finale.

Pantos Published on Thursday December 18 2014 at 10:19

Poppy the Pirate and the Christmas Star Brook Theatre, Chatham

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.

Theatre Published on Thursday December 18 2014 at 09:39

Dick Whittington Swan Theatre, High Wycombe

Qdos knows how to stage a good panto and this year’s offering at the Wycombe Swan is no exception.

Pantos Published on Thursday December 18 2014 at 09:27

Cinderella Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

This is a refreshing, modern day Cinderella which still maintains the essentials in the storyline but is cleverly produced for today’s market.

Pantos Published on Wednesday December 17 2014 at 19:34

Aladdin Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Not content with gender-swapping as Mrs Bouncer in Cox and Box at the Stephen Joseph Theatre earlier this year, Paul Ryan dons a frock once more in Andrew Pollard’s modern take on the traditional tale of the lad with the magical lamp.

Pantos Published on Wednesday December 17 2014 at 19:24

Sleeping Beauty The Spa, Bridlington

This isn’t a pantomime that wastes time in getting going.

Pantos Published on Wednesday December 17 2014 at 19:11

Sleeping Beauty Palace Theatre, Mansfield

Princess Briar Rose was never really under threat and has already been restored to life by the interval in what is something of a cheerful nod to the story.

Pantos Published on Wednesday December 17 2014 at 18:37

Variety Soup Leicester Square Theatre, London

Following on from the seasonal successes of circus/cabaret fusions such as La Clique and La Soiree, producer Mike Perrin, in collaboration with award winning troupe Slightly Fat Features, now turns his hand to reinventing the British variety show.

Light Entertainment Published on Wednesday December 17 2014 at 18:27

Cinderella SECC Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow

The annual team-up of the Krankies and John Barrowman has served the SECC pantomime well - Barrowman and Janette Krankie have forged a sharp-witted partnership and the lavish spectacle of Qdos’ production makes this the most dynamic pantomime on the west coast of Scotland.

Pantos Published on Wednesday December 17 2014 at 18:15

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