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Arabian Night's picture by Keith Pattison

I don’t think anyone could complain about Arabian Nights, the 09/10   Christmas show at the RSC. It was fabulous entertainment with a large, energetic and very beautiful cast.  It was a proper blood thirsty and moral production with clever stage direction, mime, music, dance, puppets and all in glorious colour. We enjoyed it as a family on Boxing Night and again later in January. It was a pleasure to see and appreciate Dominic Cooke’s adaptation and direction more than ably supported by a fine production team. This show marks a return to traditional family Christmas entertainment and we’ll all look forward to the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda later this year.

Our second treat was Cinderella at Warwick Arts. This delightful Lyric, Hammersmith Christmas production was more compact and a quieter show. It was, however, in the same narrator/actor style with a really beautiful set. There was a lot of movement and quick costume changes as the cast assumed different characters. It was a marvellous show with a terrific one-man band and lovely, lovely paper birds. 

Finally we added Nation, the live transmission from the National, at the Picture House cinema. Again, a terrific show with inventive contemporary staging that included music, puppets, dance and a very fine cast.

We have really enjoyed the best line up of Christmas shows ever. All were visual treats with no allowance for sentiment and sugar coating – just telling it how it is and the way kids like it.

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