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What’s life like for a stage manager on an adult pantomime?

In Cabaret, Features, Interviews, London theatre, Native, Pantomimes, Quotes by Guest BloggersLeave a Comment

Our Featured Show – Excess All Areas’ new adult pantomime, Kitten in Heels – opens this week at London’s LOST Theatre and the team are working overtime to get everything ready. (See also – “Featured Show: Kitten in Heels marks 15 years of adult pantomime”.) Producer Paul L Martin quizzes the show’s excited stage manager Anna DeFreitas about the joys and …

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Jeremy Corbyn and the art of the theatre publicity pic

In Features, London theatre, Opinion, Pantomimes, Photos, Plays by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

When news of the Park Theatre’s pantomime, Rapunzel, came through earlier this year, I remember clocking the name of the hero character Prince Corbyn – names are never a coincidence when it comes to pantomimes, surely? But had naming considerations also played a part in casting the role? Finding an actor named Alex Hope to […]

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In Children's theatre, Opinion, Pantomimes, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Scotland, Touring by Thom DibdinLeave a Comment

The script, an off-the-shelf affair by Paul Reakes, has all of the necessary elements for a pantomime, which are attempted with relish and energy. Certainly pirates feature much more largely than any elements of Crusoe in a storyline that owes much more to Treasure Island than to Defoe. It is a somewhat dry affair, with the interpolated local gags failing to lift it too much above ordinary.

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TICKETS: Today’s top #MatesChoice deal is … Slava’s Snowshow

In Children's theatre, Circus, London theatre, Native, Opinion, Pantomimes, Plays, Ticket recommendations by Ticket RecommendationsLeave a Comment

Today’s #MatesChoice ticket recommendation: Slava’s Snowshow… Still going strong after touring the world for over 20 years, the Tony and Olivier award-winning hit created by Russian clown Slava Polunin returns to Royal Festival Hall for another limited Christmas season until 3 January 2016.

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ROBIN HOOD – Chipping Norton Theatre

In Children's theatre, London theatre, Opinion, Pantomimes, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

It is, famously, the local panto for the Cameron family, though the paterfamilias PM himself might want to avoid swivelling heads and accusing stares when Robin, robbing the rich to give to the poor, chucks the last handful of chocolate coins out and sneakily mentions tax credits. The even better joke is when Denis the tax-gatherer opens the Sheriff of Nottingham’s filing cabinet to find , as the late Coalition’s treasurer did, a note saying There Is No Money left.

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Press pass: Reviews and everything else you need to know about Elf the Musical

In Children's theatre, Features, London theatre, Musicals, News, Opinion, Pantomimes, Photos, Quotes, Reviews by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Maybe I’m just an old softie. Okay, yes, let’s admit it, I am. I’m also a lifelong believer in the restorative power of Christmas music which, like Katrina and the Waves’ “Walkin’ on Sunshine”, is my go-to Spotify choice if I’m feeling down – never mind if it’s a July heatwave, sleigh bells have been […]

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Looking for family friendly shows for the Christmas season? (part 1)

In Children's theatre, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Pantomimes, Plays, Regional theatre, Touring by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

As Christmas is now next month, this is the first of my family fun listings: shows, around the country, to be enjoyed by all the family, complete with website links and age recommendations. A great way to encourage and inspire our next generation of theatre enthusiasts.

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NEWS: Full cast announced for Elf’s West End Christmas

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The full cast for the London premiere of the smash hit musical Elf has been announced. The company is led by Ben Forster as Buddy, Kimberley Walsh as Jovie, Joe McGann as Walter Hobbs and Jessica Martin as Emily Hobbs, with Jennie Dale as Deb, Mark McKerracher as Santa and Graham Lappin as Store Manager. Also in the cast are Katie …

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NEWS: Meera Syal’s Anita & Me, Home Theatre and Che Walker premiere feature in new Stratford East season

In London theatre, News, Pantomimes, Plays by Press Releases1 Comment

Theatre Royal Stratford East has announced details of their latest season of work that will take place from September 2015-January 2016. The new season highlights the theatre’s long-standing commitment to championing new writing, delivering world-class musical theatre and provoking debate about widening access to the arts for all. Kerry Michael, Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East said: “We are …