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Dick Whittington – Sutton Arts Theatre

**** Dick Whittington is one of the better pantomimes with a well known and coherent narrative. The show is written, and directed, by Dexter and Emily Whitehead who know a thing or two about pantomimes. They understand the formula, and … Continue reading

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Hansel & Gretel – Derby Theatre

This fable is probably the most well-known fairy tale written by the German Brothers Grimm, first published in 1812. Hansel and Gretel are a young brother and sister kidnapped by a crafty cannibalistic witch living in the forest in a … Continue reading

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Morgan & West: Magic for Kids, Derby Theatre

***** Magic is an uncertain theatrical form. You know that you are watching a trick – but in order for it to succeed, you have to believe it, even though you know it is a trick. Furthermore, the better a … Continue reading

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Abigail’s Party – Derby Theatre

Abigail’s Party – Derby Theatre **** I saw “Abigail’s Party” when it appeared on television in 1977, the year it was written, some forty one years ago, watching as a teenager. It received generous reviews. I loved it. I also … Continue reading

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All Shook Up – Lichfield Garrick Theatre

I was too young to appreciate Elvis in his pomp. Yet his music, and celebrity, is ubiquitous, and a little distance is no bad thing, providing context and time for balanced appreciation. When he burst onto the scene he was … Continue reading

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Dick Whittington – Lichfield Garrick Theatre, preview.

Behind the Arras was honoured to attend a preview of this year’s pantomime, “Dick Whittington” at the Lichfield Garrick. Local actor Sam Rabone, who hails from Streetly, is now not only the Dame, but also this year, for the first … Continue reading

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Jersey Boys – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

On one level this is a very slick jukebox musical, but music has the capacity to take us to another place, which is exactly what this show does. First performed on Broadway in 2005, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics … Continue reading

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