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White Fang – Park Theatre, London

Writer and director: Jethro Compton Reviewer: Stephen Bates In 2014, Jethro Compton brought his version of the film western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance to the main stage here at the Park. Clearly a man undaunted by challenges, he now turns to an adaptation of Jack London’s classic 1906 novel White Fang, aiming to evoke its setting, the vast, ...

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Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Ken Ludwig Director: Loveday Ingram Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin “The game’s afoot Watson. Someone is trying to murder our reputation as top-notch detectives.”… Yes, Baskerville A Sherlock Holmes Mystery is not for those who take the super sleuths too seriously. Most versions of Holmes and Watson also seem a bit larger than life, a little over the top and a ...

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FCUK’D – The Bunker, London

Writer and director: Niall Ransome Reviewer: Stephen Bates Sowing seeds of disquiet for us to mix in with our Christmas puddings and mince pies, Niall Ransome’s hour-long monologue, in rhyming verse, provides the perfect antidote to any excess of seasonal spirit. The play is raw and it is real. Set in northern England during a freezing December, the story follows ...

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Parliament Square – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: James Fritz Director: Jude Christian Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In the political whirlwind of the last two years, the value of individual protest seems to be even more pertinent than when James Fritz won the Bruntwood Award for Playwriting in 2015. Whether it’s one victim being the first to speak publicly about enduring sexual misconduct that inspires other complainants, or ...

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Cinderella – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writers:  Michael Harrison and Brian Conley Director: Kathryn Rooney Reviewer: Maggie Constable We all know so well the traditional fairytale story that is Cinderella but for a month at Milton Keynes Theatre families from all over will be lucky enough to be part of the spectacle that is QDos Productions’ version of Cinderella, starring the renowned actor and comedian, Brian Conley, no ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: David Janson Reviewer: Clare White Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre is full of beans this pantomime season, as this year's festive offering of Jack and the Beanstalk is bursting with high jinx, magic and superb silliness. In the fictional West Midlands village of Little Yamton, we meet Jack Trott, who is tricked by evil Baron Fleshcreep into selling ...

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Writer: Andrew Ryan Director: Chris Nelson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It is a recurring thread in many modern pantomimes that the titular heroines, from Sleeping Beauty to Cinderella, are among the least served in terms of scripted character. That’s certainly the case with Aylesbury’s version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, where the characters of Muddles, Dolly the Nurse and ...

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Misalliance – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Paul Miller Reviewer: Richard Maguire The full title of Bernard Shaw’s 1909 comedy is Misalliance: A Debate in One Sitting, but the Orange Tree has wisely chosen to omit the subtitle of its latest production of lesser-known works by the Irish playwright. There is debate here, but this is a more light-hearted Shaw than we ...

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