Panto season

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The best theatre to stream this month: Richard II, All of Us and more
Our roundup of drama to watch at home includes Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl, a festival of mime and a rock’n’roll panto

Chris Wiegand

01, Jan, 2023 @8:00 AM

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The Guardian view on pantomime: the goose that keeps on laying | Editorial
Editorial: There’s nothing like a panto to banish the blues, especially if it stars Sir Ian McKellen as Mother Goose – the grande dame of seasonal fun and frolics

Editorial

23, Dec, 2022 @5:25 PM

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Beauty and the Beast review – Belle and Beau would do anything for fame
This lacklustre reframing of the fairytale as a talent show veers into a pantomime version of Phantom of the Opera

Arifa Akbar

20, Dec, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Jack and the Beanstalk review – no expense spared for giant all-star entertainment
Dawn French, Julian Clary and the like join an animatronic giant with a vast beanstalk in an innuendo-heavy, story-light show

Brian Logan

15, Dec, 2022 @1:04 PM

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Oh yes it is! Oh no it isn’t! Is the panto dame still a suitable cause for mirth?
Fire the glitter cannons! Unleash the water pistols! The panto season is here. But how did the cross-dressing dame become so central to the tradition? And in an age of gender fluidity, should we still be laughing?

Kate Wyver

13, Dec, 2022 @4:39 PM

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Mother Goose review – zany Ian McKellen rules over a fluffy affair
Panto finds dame and co-star John Bishop in need of a boost and better jokes, though song and dance performers give it unruly energy

Arifa Akbar

12, Dec, 2022 @12:01 AM

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Beauty and the Beast review – precision engineered panto
Kathryn Rooney’s slick production has flawless comic banter and lavish dance routines, providing impressive festive entertainment

Mark Fisher

05, Dec, 2022 @8:00 PM

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Mother Goose review – a feather in Hackney Empire’s cap
Clive Rowe gives a masterly performance as he shapes the high jinks while wearing fabulous frocks in infectiously funny panto

Ryan Gilbey

02, Dec, 2022 @11:06 AM

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The Rock’n’Roll Panto Red Riding Hood review – music is the star in an Everyman institution
The eponymous fairytale does not lend itself easily to panto – requiring some princely interference – but the cast is exuberant

Mark Fisher

01, Dec, 2022 @11:20 AM

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The best theatre to stream this month: Age of Rage, A Scary Little Tempest and more
Our roundup of drama to watch at home includes Ivo van Hove’s epic, boisterous family fun and a dance fable for Christmas

Chris Wiegand

01, Dec, 2022 @12:01 AM

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Jack! review – giant juvenile cast bring joy to fresh take on panto
This Jack finds the beanstalk in an arcade video game – and there’s much more going on, with a young, 200-strong supporting ensemble

Anya Ryan

29, Nov, 2022 @9:00 PM

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Jack and the Beanstalk review – sumptuously OTT panto has a big heart
A streetwise Jack sells his cow for a tin of baked beans in this sugar rush of a show, which is underpinned with an anti-greed moral about the collective good

Brian Logan

28, Nov, 2022 @8:00 PM

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