Hans Christian Andersen

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Top 10 magical short stories | Uschi Gatward
From Oscar Wilde to Dorothy Parker and Sherman Alexie, these stories capture enchantments that are often camouflaged in ordinary life

Uschi Gatward

01, Sep, 2021 @12:00 PM

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The Snow Queen review – whirl through Scarborough's winter wonderland
Polly Lister plays umpteen parts in this spirited Hans Christian Andersen adaptation filmed at Stephen Joseph theatre

Chris Wiegand

06, Jan, 2021 @9:26 AM

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Top 10 books about mermaids | Monique Roffey
Away from Disney’s candied revisions, these stories – from Hans Christian Andersen to Helen Dunmore – tell archetypal truths about women’s experience

Monique Roffey

09, Dec, 2020 @11:00 AM

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#Notmymermaid: the Disney row is ridiculous – who knows what mermaids look like?
The backlash against a black Little Mermaid was instantaneous and ugly. But dark-skinned water goddesses swam in our imaginations long before Ariel

Monique Roffey

16, Mar, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes review – an enchanted evening
Ashley Shaw makes a triumphant return as doomed ballerina Vicky Page

Sarah Crompton

22, Dec, 2019 @2:00 PM

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The Snow Queen; Nutcracker review – cold comfort
The icy monarch meets her match in Scottish Ballet’s sensuous new production, while ENB’s Clara dreams on

Bidisha

15, Dec, 2019 @5:30 AM

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Frozen II review – a charming return but the thaw's setting in
Beloved heroine Elsa has a great new song as she heads into the enchanted forest in this funny, likable but underpowered sequel. Is it time to let her go?

Peter Bradshaw

14, Nov, 2019 @5:03 PM

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Snedronningen (The Snow Queen) review – Abrahamsen's opera fails to melt hearts
The fairytale is patchily told and a drab staging means Hans Abrahamsen’s long-awaited opera debut doesn’t get the production its music deserves

Andrew Clements

14, Oct, 2019 @3:06 PM

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Did Hans Christian Andersen keep a woman in cage? A Very Very Very Dark Matter review
Bridge theatre, London
Jim Broadbent is brilliantly buffoonish and sadistic in Martin McDonagh’s wildly inventive dismantling of the great Danish storyteller

Michael Billington

25, Oct, 2018 @9:54 AM

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Waking the Feminists: the campaign that revolutionised Irish theatre
At Dublin’s Abbey and Gate theatres and beyond, a grassroots movement has put the spotlight on a new wave of female playwrights, directors and other creatives

Helen Meany

05, Jan, 2018 @2:05 PM

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Ugly Duckling review – feathers fly in a plucky take on Andersen classic
The set is captivating and the standout moments are performed with swagger by Tutti Frutti, yet the heart of Hans Christian Andersen’s story feels lost

Miriam Gillinson

23, Dec, 2017 @12:00 AM

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The Little Match Girl review – a Christmas cracker
Corey Claire Annand bewitches as a freezing waif in Arthur Pita’s quirky, imaginative update of the Hans Christian Andersen classic

Luke Jennings

17, Dec, 2017 @8:00 AM

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