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Sleeping Beauty review – mirth-filled frolics with a pinprick of pathos
This year’s edition of the annual King’s panto is a slickly timed, high-spirited affair stuffed with daft jokes, and a moving tribute to the late company member Andy Gray

Mark Fisher

05, Dec, 2021 @2:38 PM

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice review – lively tale lacks hocus-focus
A lovable orphan at a low-rent Hogwarts makes her impostor syndrome disappear in a lively reimagining with fun theatrical illusions

Mark Fisher

03, Dec, 2021 @8:00 PM

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Peter Pan review – punchy and playful show has make-believe built in
Five actors take on all the parts in Lotte Wakeham’s production, engaging our imaginations in an affecting reworking

Mark Fisher

03, Dec, 2021 @12:25 PM

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Beauty and the Beast review – a sumptuous reboot of the festive-season fairytale
Director Theresa Heskins might give us more beast than beauty but, even so, this dark, Disney-divergent adaptation is superb

Mark Fisher

01, Dec, 2021 @11:27 AM

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Cinderella review – up the workers and boo to the ruling class!
Buttons unleashes some magical social chicanery in this enjoyable egalitarian twist on the rags-to-riches tale

Mark Fisher

28, Nov, 2021 @12:26 PM

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Ten Things to Do in a Small Cumbrian Town review – delightfully deadpan coming-of-age tale
With the irony of a young Victoria Wood, Hannah Sowerby presents a love-hate relationship with Penrith in an inventive one-woman show

Mark Fisher

25, Nov, 2021 @11:21 AM

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Aladdin review – a breathless and brilliant panto
Gags, raps and forceful female energy boost this production, which has a huge sense of silliness and good cheer

Mark Fisher

15, Nov, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Jacaranda review – bereavement drama leaves questions unanswered
Taking refuge in nature helps a Londoner process the loss of a child in a production that, for all its charm, fails to convince

Mark Fisher

08, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Life Is a Dream review – this roaring tale of revenge is extraordinary
Wils Wilson’s perception-bending production highlights the artifice of a prince’s world, exposing the thin veneer of riches and respectability

Mark Fisher

03, Nov, 2021 @11:34 AM

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The Tempest review – stirring all-female Shakespeare on the cusp of Cop26
The climate change meeting inspires a production emphasising the land-grab aspects of Shakespeare’s late play in an imaginative staging

Mark Fisher

01, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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‘The tiger seems to breathe’: Life of Pi comes alive in the West End
The pandemic-delayed staging of Yann Martel’s novel is finally arriving in London, and the star of the show is a mesmerising puppet

Mark Fisher

31, Oct, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Beauty and the Beast: The Musical review – old-fashioned pleasures and irresistible set-pieces
A refreshed version of the Disney perennial begins a tour of the UK with some spectacular visual feasts and a heart-stopping performance by Courtney Stapleton as Belle

Mark Fisher

27, Oct, 2021 @1:26 PM

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