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Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree review – UK stage first for Indian fables
Despite the ornate animal masks and traditional dancing, Jatinda Verma’s production fails to capture the thrill of the Panchatantra tales

Miriam Gillinson

08, Oct, 2018 @6:30 PM

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The Everywhere Bear review – Julia Donaldson's little hero captivates its tiny audience
Rebecca Cobb’s original illustrations are elegantly woven into the design of this thoughtful yet unshowy adaptation

Miriam Gillinson

23, Jul, 2018 @4:23 PM

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Michael Rosen's Chocolate Cake review – half-baked sweet treat
Rosen’s epic is dished up for the stage in an adaptation that stirs in his poems about fried eggs and baked potatoes

Miriam Gillinson

10, Apr, 2018 @9:13 AM

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My Brother, My Sister and Me review – quirky sibling comedy is unrivalled
A brother and sister contemplate the arrival of a new baby in Sarah Argent’s brilliant new show, in which everything is seen through the eyes of a child

Miriam Gillinson

23, Oct, 2017 @3:03 PM

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Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday review – sleepily surreal CBeebies knees-up
The dotty TV duo and their friend Scarf Lady become puppets in a touring stage show that should satisfy ardent fans aged three to six

Brian Logan

26, Apr, 2017 @10:15 AM

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To Dream Again review – can Shakespeare's midsummer magic save a marriage?
It may take more than a sprinkle of fairy dust to repair the relationship in Toby Hulse’s new play, which is inspired by the enchanted comedy

Miriam Gillinson

14, Mar, 2017 @12:20 PM

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Babe, the Sheep-Pig review – puppet porker's farmyard caper
This Dick King-Smith adaptation is a bit unsteady on its trotters but its merriment has some of the audience bouncing in their seats

Miriam Gillinson

08, Dec, 2016 @3:09 PM

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How to Hide a Lion review – kids' book comes to life with a roar
Peter Glanville directs an enchanting musical adaptation of Helen Stephens’ picture book about a girl who strikes up a friendship with a forlorn lion

Lydia Davies

01, Nov, 2016 @7:10 PM

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Chester Tuffnut review – woodland puppet drama for little adventurers
This children’s show is boosted by a beautiful set design and imaginatively realised creatures, including a couple of sock-snails

Miriam Gillinson

27, Jun, 2016 @12:36 PM

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13 children's books you can see on stage this summer
Your favourite characters are leaping out of the page and onto the stage. Find out where you can watch the creations of authors from Roald Dahl to Michael Morpurgo to David Almond come to life

Tal Fox

12, Jun, 2016 @8:00 AM

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The Tiger's Bones and Other Stories review – Ted Hughes's wise fools return
The poet’s wit shines through in these 1960s miniature plays, though the staging sometimes struggles to match the rich language

Lyn Gardner

03, Mar, 2016 @12:50 PM

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Beauty and the Beast review – fairytale gets a Baskervilles makeover
This retelling is neatly done, with wonderful set design and acute observations of a timid sister transformed by misfortune

Lyn Gardner

06, Jan, 2016 @12:27 PM

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