Aladdin, Queens Theatre Barnstaple, 2016
"Gold, glitter and eye-watering dance moves at this year's Queen's Theatre Panto.
"Barnstaple performance of traditional tale is as polished as Aladdin's lamp.
"...riotous, toe-tapping, gag-filled feast of family fun...
"His flamboyant performance is certainly one of the stand-outs of this year's production - think gold, glitter and eye-watering dance moves.
"It's all heart-warming good family fun."
- Andy Keeble, North Devon Gazette
Dick Whittington, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, 2016
"If you're looking for relentless energy, excitement laughs by the bucketload - all packed into a show that flies by despite coming in at well over two hours - then look no further.
"... as per usual the pair [Iain Lauchlan, as Dame Sarah the Cook and Craig Hollingsworth as Idle Jack] are on electric form, with the laughs coming in quick succession.
"... mess, mayhem and off-script foul ups make for a side-splitting scene that will live in the memory for a long time.
"As you would expect from the talented team behind this year's Christmas staple, it's a guaranteed winner.
"... the best Belgrade panto in years".
- Sam Dimmer, Coventry Evening Telegraph
Beauty and the Beast, Beacon Arts Centre Greenock, 2016
"... a delight from start to finish.
"Beauty and the Beast exceeded all of my expectations. The sets are stunning, cast are terrific and Alan McHugh's script is wonderful. I can't recommend this pantomime enough!"
Natalie O'Donoghue, BroadwayWorld.com
Dick Whittington, Eden Court Inverness, 2016
"... head for Inverness, where the Eden Court team turn out what's possibly the finest family panto in Scotland this year, open-hearted, funny, generous, and featuring a brilliant central comedy team in director-cum-performer Steven Wren as Sarah the Cook, and the quietly excellent Ross Allan as her son, Idle Boaby.
"... a fine, well-made family show, that seems to be enjoying its relationship with the audience so much that it hardly wants the fun to end."
Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
Beauty and the Beast, Palace Theatre Kilmarnock, 2016
"If you like your pantos traditional, with a sprinkling of bawdy humour, a generous helping of slapstick, and a tasty battle between good and evil, then do get your tickets now before Beauty and the Beast sells out.
"My kids want to go again!"
Clair Fullerton, Kilmarnock Standard
Jack and the Beanstalk, Grand Pavilion Porthcawl, 2016
"... Christmas cracker of fun, thrills and spills for all the family.
"Performances are excellent right across the board...
"The acting and slapstick skits are exemplary...
"Add to that a plethora of great sets and often outrageous costumes and you have got a sure-fire winner on your hands. This Yuletide there are plenty of shows about vying for your attention, but few will have the honest and downright energy and fun of this offering. If you want to entertain the whole family this season then get yourselves down to the seaside - you most definitely will not regret it."
Steve Tucker, Wales Online
Dick Whittington, The Hexagon Reading, 2015
A live orchestra, fireworks and plenty of audience interaction; these are just some of the many things you can expect from The Hexagon's jam-packed panto, Dick Whittington.
"You're in for a treat.
"There were some wonderful and hilarious moments that had the children belly laughing and the adults too."
Francesca Perryman, Get Reading
Aladdin, Southport Theatre and Convention Centre, 2015
"Another year, another great panto at Southport Theatre.
"The show has everything you would expect, and love, in a panto"
"... everyone who goes will have great festive, family fun".
Steve Tucker, Wales Online
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Aladdin at the Grand Pavilion is all you need this Christmas - it's pure magic!
Take a look at The Stage's review of Cinderella at Reading!
Panto makes a storming return to the De Montfort Hall after a 20-year absence.
Though usually met with tired groans from mums and dads dreading taking the children for another night of ‘he’s behind you’ as a confused dame makes lewd jokes, this year’s Spa Centre showstopper Aladdin is something completely and brilliantly magical.
A magical giant-sized show for the whole family. If the fairy godmother herself waved a magic wand and produced a pantomime it probably couldn't top Jack and the Beanstalk. Filled to the brim with sing-along songs, dazzling costumes and some impressive technical wizardry the show was the very definition of what a pantomime should be.
A great day out for the family.A performance with boundless energy, fantastic scenery, wonderful costumes and a rather scary but impressive giant.
This is a hugely entertaining family panto, with good-looking designs and some really enjoyable singing.
Enchanted roses, glittering costumes and an all-star cast make Beauty and the Beast one of the most magical pantomimes in Berkshire this Christmas.
This show really works because all the traditions are there but with some delightfully creative twists.
There will be plenty of shows to choose from this festive season, but if there is more fun to be had than this vibrant offering then I will be very surprised.
Visitors to Loughborough Town Hall’s production of Dick Whittington this Christmas time will feel like the cat that got the cream - as the show lived up to its reputation as one of the region’s best seasonal shows.
A superb show, worth a bucket of stars.
If the success of a show can be measured by the ebullient enthusiasm of its audience, then Crewe’s Lyceum has a hit on its hands with this production of Cinderella. Director Robert Marsden and his team deliver on all counts and the result is a refreshingly traditional pantomime that adds much merriment and a warm glow to the festive season.
An entertaining family show maintaining the time-honoured panto traditions amid contemporary choreography, engaging sets and glitzy costumes.
"The joy is getting to the children. All their lives they are told to behave and be quiet, and suddenly we encourage them to make a noise, boo, and mock adults.
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