Seasons greetings are here in a packed month featuring drama, comedy and panto, nearly all with a seasonal twist. Let’s get straight into this month’s picks!
The Good Life – reviewed here
Lass O’Gowrie until December 9
Tom and Barbara, and their long-suffering neighbours Margo and Jerry are back in this fantastic adaptation of three classic episodes. Fleas, farmyard animals and Christmas jumpers collide in these three episodes including the Christmas special!
Tickets on the door if not sold out, or available here.
Life in a Bubble – reviewed here
4/5 December, The Oakwood, Glossop & 10/11 December, Taurus, Manchester
A family move into a new house on Christmas Eve only to find out that they have moved into the most dangerous place in the world. Festive fun turns to fear as they realise their fate..
From New Attitude Theatre Company, the team that brought you the hit comedy Three’s a Crowd, Four’s a Mother earlier in the year comes their latest, and festive themed comedy.
More information and tickets available on New Attitude’s website.
Monologue – reviewed here
The Kings Arms, 5/6 December
Set in the midst of the West Indian community in Moss Side during the turbulent years of Thatcherite Britain, this radical new production of Pinter’s “Monologue” explores Man’s struggle to speak out in a world turned against him.
BG Productions aim to take Pinter out of the textbooks and rub some Mancunian grit into his work. Featuring award winning Best Newcomer Laurence Williams, this multi-media experience fuses Pinter with a thumping British West Indian heartbeat.
Read more on the Monologue website here.
Harvey – reviewed here
Lass O’Gowrie, 13-16 December
Yer Maun Productions present the comedy ‘Harvey’, winner of the Pulitzer Play for Drama in 1945. Later made into a James Stewart movie in 1950, it is the perfect Christmas show!
Elwood P. Dowd is an interesting fellow. He’s pleasant friendly and has a wonderful time wherever he goes and whomever he meets. Thankfully he is aided in this task by his great friend Harvey, a giant white rabbit that only he can see. Not everyone sees Elwood (nor Harvey for that matter) as the harmless chap he is, and soon family & friends attempt to break the friendship to try gain control of his sanity and his money.
Tickets on the door or at the Lassfest website.
A brand new festive comedy revue by Adam Davies & James Jowett. Featuring brand new sketches such as ‘Hansel & Gretel Vs The Evil Crack Demon’… and ‘Mime Wars 2: Mime Harder!’
Pantomines across the North West:
Oh yes it is panto season with a number of stars descending on the region. Here’s our top three picks:
Arabian Nights, The Lowry, until January 12 – reviewed here
Long, long ago in a faraway land there lived a clever young girl called Shahrazad. And there was nothing she liked better than to read stories. Shahrazad brings to life the magical stories of One Thousand and One Nights. Her strange and wonderful tales take us to enchanted caves, to meet secret sorceresses, singing trees, flying men and wise talking birds. But can the power of the stories break the terrible curse?
Adapted from the world famous folk tales, Dominic Cooke’s Arabian Nights is a richly imaginative, enthralling and funny delight for Christmas that will keep both children and adults spellbound.
Cinderella, Oldham Coliseum, until January 12
Poor old Cinders is a lowly housemaid with a wicked stepmother and two very ugly sisters. When the Prince of the land announces that he is holding a huge party to find his bride, Cinderella knows she won’t be able to go. But along comes her fairy godmother, and with a wave of her wand and a little help from Buttons, Cinderella shall go to the ball.
This is one festive bash you do not want to be late for. The Coliseum is famed all over the North West for its pantomimes, with their 2010 production of Sleeping Beauty winning a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best Family Show.
Aladdin, Stockport Plaza, until January 6
The hilarious firm family favourite Dave Benson Phillips explodes onto the stage as our hilarious Genie whilst John Altman (Nasty Nick, EastEnders) is the evil Abanazar. Topping the bill is one of the stars of the fantastic children’s series ‘Hotel Trubble’– Gary Damer, a sure hit for the children and adults alike in the audience as the hilarious and loveable character Wishee Washee.
Join us next month for a Lassfest Stroker’s Picks special! Previewing the exciting new adaptations of American Werewolf in London, Coronation Street as well as brand new plays and comedy!