REVIEWS

If proof were needed that you don’t have to have big-name stars and a limitless budget to create a successful pantomime, look no further...

A sparky tap dance round the cauldron by Hollie Cassar as Spite and a wittily well written love duet from Terrence Frisch and Neil...

By nature, Derry-Londonderry's prime pantomime is both epic and cosy, more notable for human warmth than still considerable technique. That very much remains the case...

There is something quite wonderful about stripping a Disneyfied fairytale back to its roots, something joyous about dispensing with all the corporate kitsch and...

For this Christmas show for the under-sevens, the Bristol Old Vic team up with the Wardrobe Ensemble – the company that previously created Eloise...

For anyone fed up with the Christmas season’s compulsory cheeriness, Scenes from the End, a visceral exploration of loss and grieving, may be the...

JB Priestley’s early novel, Benighted, was filmed by James Whale as The Old Dark House in 1932. In his stage adaptation, playwright Duncan Gates...

The Theatre Royal’s decision to go beyond its usual local talent pool for casting this year’s panto has mixed results. Importing two former stars...

It’s a welcome return for All the Angels. Nick Drake’s choral play about the first public performance (in Dublin) of 18th-century composer George Handel’s...

There's a sense of deja-vu about this Sleeping Beauty that has nothing to do with returning visits from either Chris Jarvis as Chester the...

Mike Kenny’s take on Alice in Wonderland is a revelation. It’s wholly original and truly inspired. School examinations day finds the stressed-out teenage Alice...

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen was the inspiration for Disney’s Frozen, albeit in heavily edited form: Vivienne Franzmann’s adaptation, in contrast, maintains the...
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