THEATRE REVIEW: Dick Whittington starring Julian Clary and Elaine Paige

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: London Palladium

WHEN: 10/12 (matinee), press night 13/12, runs to 14/1/18

‘I woke up this morning and there was eight inches outside my back door,’ reflects Julian Clary as Spirit Of The Bells in the Palladium’s annual pantomime extravaganza after an especially snowy morning.

  • Read on for reasons including why this is the funniest pantomime you’re likely to see

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THEATRE REVIEW: A Christmas Carol starring Rhys Ifans, John Dagleish and Golda Rosheuvel

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Old Vic

WHEN: 28/11, press night 29/11, runs to 20/1/18

Providing family entertainment with a message has been the aim of Old Vic artistic director Matthew Warchus since succeeding Kevin Spacey in 2015.

  • Read on for reasons including how 54,000 free mince pies feature in this production

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THEATRE REVIEW: Cinderella

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Greenwich Theatre

WHEN: 18/11, press night 24/11, runs to 7/1/18

Our heart sank when we discovered that Andrew Pollard (writer of this, his 12th pantomime at this venue) wasn’t going to be its dame as usual.

  • Read on for reasons including how new dame Anthony Spargo (pictured) shapes up

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Toxic Avenger

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Arts Theatre

WHEN: 12/11 (matinee), runs to 3/12

The first thing that strikes us about this rock musical is how lavish its set appears: the band are situated on a walkway, level with the tops of gigantic vats of industrial waste and there’s even a sci-fi set of double doors which could be straight out of Flash Gordon.

  • Read on for reasons including why The Toxic Avenger is the new Rocky Horror Show

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THEATRE REVIEW: Glengarry Glen Ross starring Christian Slater

WORTH A LOOK?: (not enough seen to rate)

WHERE: Playhouse Theatre

WHEN: 28/10, press night 9/11, runs to 3/2/18

We’re at the fourth preview of this David Mamet classic when, 10 minutes in, actor Robert Glenister (pictured above) collapses clutching his chest saying: ‘Oh God!’ and the curtain comes down early.

  • Read on for reasons including what happened next

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THEATRE REVIEW: Young Marx starring Rory Kinnear, Oliver Chris & Nancy Carroll

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE: Bridge Theatre

WHEN: 21/10, press night 27/10, runs until 31/12

‘Our repertoire will be mostly new plays, with an occasional musical and an occasional classic,’ writes Nicholas Hytner, co-founder of the West End’s first new theatre for 30 years.

  • Read on for reasons including why this new theatre has teething problems which can be solved

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Seagull starring Lesley Sharp, Brian Vernel & Adelayo Adedayo

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith

WHEN: 7/10, press night 11/10, runs until 4/11

Simon Stephens, who adapted this Chekhov classic, is an Artistic Associate at this venue and won an Olivier Award for his work on The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.

  • Read on for reasons including why Adelayo Adedayo is a name to watch out for in the future

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