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This Snow White is as traditional as panto gets (for better or worse)

New Wimbledon Theatre’s festive offering will keep youngsters happy, but a little more creativity wouldn’t have hurt. Read my full Telegraph review here

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A complete guide to London pantomimes

The history of pantomime and some of the best pantos to catch this Christmas. Read my full London Theatre article here

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Aladdin, Lyric Hammersmith

The traditional curtain-raiser for theatre’s festive season sacrifices pantomime silliness for painful political gags. Read my full Telegraph review here

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The West End panto forced to move to Easter – if it can survive

Is Easter the new Christmas? Producer James Seabright certainly hopes so. His Potted Panto, a best-bits of compendium of seven different pantomimes, opened and then closed prematurely in the West End when London was put into Tier 3. So, he’s … Continue reading

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The theatre where Christmas is saved – thanks to ‘the Morecambe and Wise of Weston-super-Mare’

Christmas has been cancelled for most of Britain’s theatres, thanks to the Government’s tightening of tier restrictions, with venues all having to close if placed into tiers 3 and 4. But amidst the slew of bad news for the West … Continue reading

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Will the show go on – or not? How Tier 3 will affect London theatres into 2021

The Government’s decision to move London into Tier 3 is devastating for the capital’s theatres. Around 30 venues had reopened, with producers taking a major financial risk – only to be forced to close again, with ticket-holders losing out on their … Continue reading

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Beverley Knight: ‘I’m a black Fairy Godmother, for all the little girls who look like me’

Beverley Knight is already the Queen of British Soul. This year, she’s set to add the title of Queen of Christmas. Read my full The i Paper interview here

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What the tier system means for your Christmas trip to the theatre

Theatre is back – or is it? Fuelling existential uncertainty akin to a Beckett play, Boris Johnson has announced a more draconian tier system post-lockdown – but without specific details of how it will apply to entertainment venues, or which tiers they will … Continue reading

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Operation Sleeping Beauty meets reality: what hope is there for theatre this Christmas?

Theatre is due to return – again – in December, after a stop-start year of openings and closures. Now, numerous shows depend on the government ending the second lockdown on December 2, as announced, in order to bring us some Christmas cheer. … Continue reading

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Roundup: Check Out These Socially Distanced Shows

Hurrah for the green shoots in our beleaguered industry. Lots of venues are mounting new shows and bringing back our favourites over the next few weeks and months – albeit with social distancing and safety measures in place. Here are … Continue reading

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