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Theatre Review: Cinderella, Oldham Coliseum

Dec 3, 2018 No Comments

The Oldham panto is a great tradition, stretching back to the days of Kenneth Alan Taylor and beyond.

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AJ Powell and Ensemble - Jack & the Beanstalk. Photography by Anthony Robling

Review: Jack and the Beanstalk, York Theatre Royal

Dec 18, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Jack and the Beanstalk, York Theatre Royal

As Christmassy experiences go, there’s none Christmassier.

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John Barrowman, Dick Wittington, Manchester

Review: Dick Whittington, Manchester Opera House

Dec 14, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Dick Whittington, Manchester Opera House

When I announced to the folks at Northern Soul Towers that I’d never been to a pantomime, they looked at me like I had two heads.

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Lucy Jo Hudson and Jack Rigby

Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, St Helens Theatre Royal

Dec 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, St Helens Theatre Royal

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a panto. If they are all like this, then I won’t be leaving my next visit to one so long.

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Clara Darcy as the Cheshire Cat - credit Pamela Raith Photography

Review: Alice in Wonderland, Northern Stage, Newcastle

Dec 3, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Alice in Wonderland, Northern Stage, Newcastle

While I’ve been to an Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party, I’ll admit I had no idea what this Lewis Carroll classic was all about.

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Aladdin

Review: Aladdin, The Dukes, Lancaster

Dec 3, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Aladdin, The Dukes, Lancaster

The Dukes’ annual festive performance has arrived, and this year it’s the magical tale of Aladdin.

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Review: Dick Whittington, Oldham Coliseum

Nov 20, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Dick Whittington, Oldham Coliseum

It’s panto time again. ‘Oh no it isn’t!’ I hear you shout. ‘It’s only November.’ But like Christmas offers in the shops, panto seems to start earlier every year.

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John Barrowman, Dick Wittington, Manchester

“You’re being paid to have fun and to laugh and be daft and stupid.” John Barrowman talks to Northern Soul

Nov 16, 2017 Comments Off on “You’re being paid to have fun and to laugh and be daft and stupid.” John Barrowman talks to Northern Soul

As you might expect, chatting with John Barrowman is a cheeky and gossipy encounter. His tales are peppered with one-liners about threesomes with The Krankies and being the best ‘Dick’ in the business.

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Review: Aladdin, Manchester Opera House

Dec 15, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Aladdin, Manchester Opera House

There were ructions in the pantomime world this week when it emerged that reality TV star Stacey Solomon – currently appearing in Dick Whittington in Milton Keynes – was holding a clipboard with her lines on it throughout her performance as Fairy Bowbells.

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Review: Aladdin, Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Dec 14, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Aladdin, Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

It’s not often that I feel like a High Court judge, but as I peruse the Aladdin cast list at Liverpool’s cosy Epstein Theatre, I experience the same sense of disconnection from popular culture that occasionally afflicts m’learned friends.

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