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Monday, December 18, 2017

George’s Marvellous Medicine review at Curve, Leicester – ‘an outstanding adaptation’ by Pat Ashworth

This is the latest and finest collaboration between Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston. Children’s theatre doesn’t come much better than Roald Dahl

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Town Mouse and Country Mouse review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘lovingly created’ by Pat Ashworth

Nottingham Playhouse has built up a strong tradition of lovingly created theatre for small children. There’s lots to excite and nothing to

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Beauty and the Beast review at Theatre Royal, Nottingham – ‘doesn’t hang together’ by Pat Ashworth

All the special effects in the world don’t compensate for a thin story, and there’s little more than a nod here to

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Beauty and the Beast review at Derby Arena – ‘a fine and strong-voiced cast’ by Pat Ashworth

Panto has finally found its feet in the vast and challenging space of Derby Arena. Derby LIVE has brought in the thoroughly

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Robin Hood review at Loughborough Town Hall – ‘immaculate comic timing’ by Pat Ashworth

Little Wolf Entertainment has been producing the Loughborough Town Hall pantomim for five years under the multi-talented Morgan Brind – writer, director

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Cinderella review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘warm-hearted and loveable’ by Pat Ashworth

Kenneth Alan Taylor has been writing and directing panto at the Nottingham Playhouse for over three decades and still has them eating

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Scrooge the Musical review at Curve, Leicester – ‘a lavish revival’ by Pat Ashworth

In his revival of Leslie Bricusse’s 1992 musical, Nikolai Foster exploits all the scale and technical wizardry of Curve’s vast stage, filling

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

All My Sons review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘an outstanding performance’ by Pat Ashworth

The election of President Trump prompted Fiona Buffini to stage Arthur Miller’s ruthless dismantling of the American Dream. It’s an intense and

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Harvest review at Kegworth Village Hall – ‘gripping and timely’ by Pat Ashworth

East Midlands-based touring company New Perspectives never makes the mistake of assuming that all rural audiences want from theatre is a jolly

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Pink Sari Revolution review at Curve, Leicester – ‘powerfully authentic drama’ by Pat Ashworth

Purva Naresh’s powerful new drama is enabled by Arts Council England’s Reimagine India and has been two years in development, including time

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Great Expectations review at Derby Theatre – ‘dark and chillingly atmospheric’ by Pat Ashworth

  You can positively feel the chill of the marshes seeping into your bones in Neil Bartlett’s adaptation of this dark classic,

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Wreck review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘a harrowing debut play’ by Pat Ashworth

Fresh from drama school and holding the stage entirely on his own, Luke Grant makes a very impressive professional debut in this

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Reasons to be Cheerful review at Derby Theatre – ‘fresher than ever’ by Pat Ashworth

Jenny Sealey, Graeae’s artistic director, believes there’s an inner punk in everyone. You can well believe it watching an audience launch full

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Kiss Me Kate review at Kilworth House Theatre, Leicestershire – ‘brimming with energy’ by Pat Ashworth

Matthew White’s production of Kiss Me Kate is played out with energy, vitality and mischief in the idyllic setting of Kilworth House

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Lost Boy review at St Mary’s Creative Space, Chester – ‘beautifully crafted’ by Pat Ashworth

A frightened Syrian boy fetches up in a seaside town that has seen better days, and encounters a hostility born as much

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Betrayal review at Derby Theatre – ‘an assured and impressive debut’ by Pat Ashworth

What an assured and impressive debut this is for Lekan Lawal in his first main house production, the culmination of a placement

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

What the Butler Saw review at Curve, Leicester – ‘perfect comic timing’ by Pat Ashworth

It’s 50 years since Joe Orton died and Curve has pulled out all the stops to celebrate the work of one of

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Touched review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘bittersweet and resonant’ by Pat Ashworth

A stellar cast of authentic Nottingham voices have been assembled for this new revival of Touched, a 1977 play by the city’s

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Monday, February 13, 2017

The Giant Jam Sandwich review at Guildhall, Derby – ‘engaging and interactive’ by Pat Ashworth

This is the first time that The Giant Jam Sandwich, a children’s favourite first published in 1972, has been fully staged. John

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

All the Little Lights review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘brave and timely’ by Pat Ashworth

Jane Upton’s searing three-hander had its premiere at Nottingham Playhouse in 2015 and was the joint winner of the George Devine Award

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Princess and the Frog review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘charming and thoroughly engaging’ by Pat Ashworth

This absolute charmer of a show for children between four and eight has been imaginatively conceived and delivered with truth and tenderness.

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Cinderella review at Loughborough Town Hall – ‘riotously funny’ by Pat Ashworth

Each year, in Loughborough, Little Wolf Entertainment builds its own spectacular shows from scratch. There are no big names. Morgan Brind, the

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Peter Pan review at Palace Theatre, Mansfield – ‘pulls out all the stops’ by Pat Ashworth

Mansfield loves a panto and the Palace have pulled out all the stops this year. The theatre’s production of Peter Pan boasts

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Twits review at Curve, Leicester – ‘deliciously horrid’ by Pat Ashworth

Mr and Mrs Twit couldn’t be more deliciously revolting, he with his big belly and sordid underwear and she with her pronounced

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Jack and the Beanstalk at Theatre Royal, Nottingham – ‘bags of colour and spectacle’ by Pat Ashworth

It’s billed as a “Giant 3D Pantomime Spectacular” and the 3D effects really are the highlight of this production of Jack and

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Alice in Wonderland review at Derby Theatre – ‘an Alice for our times’ by Pat Ashworth

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

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Cinderella review at Derby Arena – ‘loud and lavish’ by Pat Ashworth

Putting panto into a space the size of Derby Arena poses huge challenges and isn’t always a comfortable thing. There’s a lot

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Aladdin review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘wildly funny’ by Pat Ashworth

This year’s Aladdin is writer and director Kenneth Alan Taylor’s 33rd consecutive panto at Nottingham Playhouse. He’s on top form, with a

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The Nutcracker review at Birmingham Hippodrome – ‘sublime’ by Pat Ashworth

Anticipation is always high for Birmingham Royal Ballet’s legendary production of The Nutcracker. The scale, opulence, inventiveness and detail of Peter Wright’s

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You review at Century Theatre, Coalville – ‘spine-chilling’ by Pat Ashworth

A Cambridge philosopher blows an ancient whistle washed up on a lonely seashore and sets in train his own mental disintegration. That’s

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Posh , Playhouse, Nottingham by Pat Ashworth

Playhouse, Nottingham: Men behaving badly doesn't begin to describe the 10 assembled members of Oxford's revived Riot Club, bent on drinking, trashing and asserting their inborn ri…

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