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Marianela Nuñez as Sylvia and Artists of The Royal Ballet, Alice Pennefather


The Royal Ballet at Royal Opera House

Thirty Christmases,

Thirty Christmases

Supporting Wall in association with New Diorama, Oxford's Arts at the Old Fire Station, and Jonny & The Baptists at New Diorama Theatre

Stephen Hoo as Rapunzel's Father, Julie Yammanee as Goldilocks and Joanne Sandi as Rapunzel, Scott Rylander


Theatre Royal, Stratford East

Lloyd Hollett (Mr Starkey) and Ben Roddy (Mrs Smee) in Peter Pan at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Paul Clapp

Peter Pan

Evolution Productions at Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Kerri Clarence, Lunaria Ltd - Lunaria.co.uk


Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group at Assembly Roxy

Adam Woodyatt as Captain Hook, Pete Dewhirst

Peter Pan

Daryl Black with HQ Theatres at Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

Cora Kirk as Lucy and Peter Caulfield as Mr Tumnus, Birgit & Ralf Brinkhoff

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

West Yorkshire Playhouse in association with Elliott & Harper Productions and Catherine Schreiber at Quarry Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Unspoken, Mel Rozel Brayford


Eno Theatre at Atrium, University of South Wales

Centre Ashley Zhangazha (Sky Masterson) and Cast, Manuel Harlan

Guys and Dolls

Royal Exchange Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company at Royal Exchange Theatre

Ajax (Erica Martin), Elissa Morton


Esmond Road Productions at The Space

Marcus Brigstocke (P T  Barnum), Nobby Clark


Menier Chocolate Factory

Thomas Fabian Parrish, Georgie Parker, Wesley Lineham, Olivia Warren, Toby Falla, Hannah Haines and Joshua Lesse, The Other Richard

The Lost Boy Peter Pan

Action to the Word in association with Glynis Henderson Productions at Pleasance Theatre

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NW productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday December 10.

Nina Simone story comes to Salford

The story of legendary artist and activist Nina Simone will take to The Lowry stage in Salford from January 30 to February 3 in Nina.

Salford asks the Lords: Who Cares?

The UK tour of a play about young carers in Salford drew to a close last week with a special performance at The House of Lords in Westminster.

Lock in at Theatre by the Lake

BBC Award-winning Demon Barbers folk band and Breaking Tradition Dance Company return to Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake.

St Helens Dwarfs extended

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is proving so popular with St Helens audiences that producers have decided to extend its run.

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 11 December.

Global 18-month programme for New Perspectives

Nottingham-based touring company New Perspectives will take stories from rural Nigeria, modern Mumbai and the 1960s English countryside to village halls and theatres across the UK.