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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun Nov 30, 2003 4:23 am ]
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They're ahead of you! It's pantomime season again
panto in Scotland by CAMILLA PIA for Scotland on Sunday

THE Christmas lights are up, the traditional shopping panic is well under way and men are wearing tights on stages across the country, dishing out the usual plethora of cheesy one-liners.

Yes, it’s that time of year again, and whether you love it or hate it, you can’t avoid it - pantomime is everywhere and here to stay for the next couple of months.

Allan Stewart, a stalwart of the stage, stars as Dame McTrot in the Edinburgh King’s Theatre production of Jack and the Beanstalk, and as a variety of pantomimes kick off around the country, he is more than happy to explain why they’re as popular as ever.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun Nov 30, 2003 4:39 am ]
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Critics' Choice: Theatre
By Alastair Macaulay for The FT

Some Christmases bring a preponderance of Dick Whittingtons or Aladdins. This looks a Cinderella Christmas. The Ashton/Prokoviev ballet is coming up at the Royal Ballet later this month, and the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical is being revived in Bristol.

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Critics' Choice: Dance
By Clement Crisp for The FT

David Bintley is entering the Christmas attraction stakes with a new full-length Beauty for his Birmingham Royal Ballet. Offers a new score by the Canadian composer Glenn Buhr, new designs by the splendid Philip Prowse, and Bintley's view of a tale of virtue rewarded and beauty revealed.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun Nov 30, 2003 4:41 am ]
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I've consolidated two topics and moved this article here

Panto round-up in Birmingham
From icBirmingham


It's that time of year again, as theatres and venues fill with men dressed as women, women dressed as men, and calls of "behind you!"

So here is our guide to pantomimes and festive productions across the region ...

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Tue Dec 02, 2003 2:05 am ]
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Just the tickets: Times critics on Christmas shows with all the trimmings

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From The Times


FAIRYTALE ballets are still the favourite draw for Christmas — all those kids to cater for — so like it or not you will end up at Cinderella or The Nutcracker. But there are some pretty good productions out there which warrant a visit.

London is being treated to two rival Cinderellas this year, one right after the other, and both have something to offer besides their wonderful Prokofiev scores.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Fri Dec 12, 2003 3:00 am ]
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The ultimate panto guide
By MARY BRENNAN for The Herald


Once upon a time, the fairy who watches over theatre box offices was concerned that no-one wanted to spend much time, or money, in Pantoland. "They want to stay at home watching DVDs," she sighed.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun Dec 14, 2003 1:44 am ]
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Yes, you shall go to a show
Compiled by Lisa Shanahan and Ruth Jamieson for The Observer

Pantomime dames, Christmas ballets and, of course, the Snowman. Curtains are going up all over the country. Here's our guide to some of the best - including one for adults only

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Tue Dec 16, 2003 12:17 am ]
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Let me take you to the Dark Side....

Forget the jolly and the holly - this is Christmas
Murder, ghost stories and lost souls: Britain's renowned stages and shops turn to Dark Materials and modern art for seasonal inspiration. By Maev Kennedy for The Guardian:


It's Christmas, season of bloody murder, betrayal of innocence, lost souls in anguish, and festive towers of plaster casts of fridge freezers. Throw another orphan on the fire and pull up a coffin.
In many places, it's less the season of good cheer and more bleak midwinter this Christmas, including two of the renowned stages and some of the most famous shop windows in the country. One observer blames the Puritans for the lingering distrust of tinsel.

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Author:  Joanne [ Fri Dec 19, 2003 9:32 am ]
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Another one from The FT.

WEEK AHEAD

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