Panto season

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Cinderella review – out with the in-jokes and in with the puns
Paul Hendy’s cast deliver a dependable mix of song and dance, spectacle and silliness, as well as a brilliant, bin-toting Buttons

Catherine Love

08, Dec, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Red Riding Hood review – my, what weak jokes you have, grandma!
An eco-themed updating of the fairytale without any bite, this panto has clumsy storytelling and half-hearted smut

Arifa Akbar

05, Dec, 2021 @7:00 PM

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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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Jack and the Beanstalk review – Clive Rowe is a giant among panto dames
Tweenies writer Will Brenton packs this festive frenzy with all the kids’ favourite flourishes, but there isn’t much for the adults beyond Rowe’s delightful Dame Trot

Miriam Gillinson

03, Dec, 2021 @11:35 AM

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Sleeping Beauty and the Beast review – fairytale villains get taught a lesson
Captain Hook and the Big Bad Wolf are sent back to school in a flippant festive mashup that’s carried along by its goofy charm

Brian Logan

02, Dec, 2021 @1:49 PM

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Mr Tumble! Post your questions for Justin Fletcher
Ahead of the big-screen CBeebies Christmas panto – and a new Shaun the Sheep TV special – we need your questions for the kingpin of British children’s TV

Catherine Shoard

01, Dec, 2021 @11:44 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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Aladdin review – emperor Boris on a magic carpet ride with a splash of TikTok
Satire has a disconcerting consequence in Vikki Stone’s punchy and superbly sung version of the traditional panto

Brian Logan

28, Nov, 2021 @11:41 AM

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No turkeys allowed! 25 of the best shows to book for Christmas 2021
Looking for a jolly good trip to the theatre this winter? Here’s our pick’n’mix selection of musicals, pantos and festive spectaculars, featuring circus tricks, high kicks and puppet rodents

Chris Wiegand

16, Nov, 2021 @3:33 PM

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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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Panto’s back, oh yes it is: UK theatres hope for revival after Covid fallout
Beneath the slapstick humour, venues remain anxious over fresh restrictions and lower ticket sales

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

13, Nov, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Dick Whittington: A New Dick in Town review – innuendo a go-go
The gags come thick and fast in this bawdy adult panto, which is set in a funeral parlour and channels Joe Orton

Ryan Gilbey

11, Nov, 2021 @9:00 PM

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