Nov 29 2010 by Michael Green, Chester Chronicle
ALADDIN - THE WOK ‘N’ ROLL PANTO (Anthony Hopkins Theatre, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, November 26-January 29)
IT’S party time in old Shanghai and the Emperor is laying on a big banquet to announce the engagement of Princess So-Shi to her rich suitor, the mysterious Abanazer. But when Aladdin and the Princess meet on the street, sparks really start to fly. Featuring more than 20 classic rock and soul songs performed by the multi-talented cast which includes Phylip Harries returning to play Widow Twankey. Visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk or ring 0845 330 3565.
THE BACCAE (Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester, November 10-December 4)
ONE of the greatest of all Greek tragedies, Euripides’ savage, comic and intensely lyrical drama will be brought to life from an exciting new version of the play by Mike Poulton. The magnetic young Dionysus - icon, hedonist and god - returns home with his cult of female followers to exact his revenge, unleashing the full force of female sexuality on the city. Ring 0161 833 9833 or visit www.royalexchange.co.uk/bookonline.
GLYNDEBOURNE ON TOUR (Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, November 30-December 4)
GLYNDEBOURNE on Tour 2010 presents three spectacular productions offering a variety of musical and theatrical styles to appeal to all ages. Renowned for their staging of Mozart operas, Glyndebourne presents a new production of Mozart’s masterpiece Don Giovanni (Tuesday and Saturday), conducted by musical director Jakub Hrusa. Rossini’s comedy La Cenerentola (Wednesday), vividly brought to life in Sir Peter Hall’s acclaimed production, is a retelling of Perrault’s classic fairy tale Cinderella. Monteverdi’s last work The Coronation of Poppea (Thusday) is set in a world of sensuality where passionate, forbidden love is victorious pver goodness and virtue. Visit www.ambassadortickets.com or ring 0844 871 7649.
PETER PAN (New Vic Theatre, Etruria Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, November 20-January 22)
CELEBRATING the 150th anniversary of JM Barrie’s birth, the New Vic sprinkles some fairy dust over this great classic of children’s literature. Meet the boy who would not grow up, a real fairy, mermaids, Captain Hook and the Lost Boys and take a trip to the magical Never Never Land. Visit the website: www.newvictheatre.org.uk or ring 01782 717962.
THE RED SHOES (unitytheatre, Hope Place, Liverpool, November 30-January 22)
A NEW adaptation of the famous fairy store by Hans Christian Andersen. the show promises to be a musical treat with a total of 12 original songs weaved together in one score magical. One snowy day Grace finds herself in front of a shop she has never seen before. In the window is a pair of magical red shoes that sparkle like rubies. They can give her everything she has ever wanted, but there is a price, they can never come off. Ring 0844 873 2888 or visit www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk.
SLEEPING BEAUTY (Everyman Theatre, Hope Street, Liverpool, November 26-January 22)
THE traditional annual Everyman rock ‘n’ roll panto this year takes on the famous tale of the beautiful princess who is cursed at birth by an evil witch and can only be saved by a brave handsome prince. Sarah Nixon teams up with director Mark Chatterton to combine classic songs with the timeless tale. Visit the website: www.everymanplayhouse.com or ring 0151 709 4776.
UNCLE ERIC’S WHITE CHRISTMAS (New Vic Theatre, Etruria Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, November 30-December 15)
CHRISTMAS 1969 looks like it’s going to be a white one and Eric thinks the festive season has come early when Madge inherits a sackload of money. The only problem is how he gets his hands on it. Join Eric, Madge and the rest of the musical misfits for comic Christmas mayhem and 23 great songs of the 60s. Visit the website: www.newvictheatre.org.uk or ring 01782 717962.