Reviews

Aladdin

Director Alan Rimmer has created a lively production, written in very traditional mode by RAODS’s own Bon Heather, full of the usual panto devices to surge forward the increasingly outrageous plot. He has created a lovely place in which to…
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

It’s that time of the year – oh, yes it is – when I had the pleasure to sit and be entertained by a very talented group of merry fellas, and one devilishly evil queen, as the ASDS pantomime opened…
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Robinson Crusoe

The writers of the show say in the programme: ‘Whilst every effort has been made to stick to Daniel Defoe’s story, we have exercised a certain amount of artistic licence in our interpretation’, to which the only possible response is:…
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Beauty and the Beast

Musical director Lee Redwood and director/choreographer Sarah Haberfield should be very pleased with their cast and crew of this very involved version of the classic French story. All the cast work very hard throughout to make the most of a…
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A Christmas Carol

It is a happy coincidence that Arena Theatre’s 100th production since its foundation in 1983 falls in the festive season, as it gives the chance to celebrate the landmark with this excellent version of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. In adapting…
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Christmas Spectacular

You can’t argue with either of the words in the title of this show: Christmas is coming, and the show itself is nothing if not spectacular. At the same time, there is an intimate, family air about it, and it…
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