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Lyn Gardner

Beauty and the Beast - review

Young Vic, London Phelim McDermott thrusts disability into the spotlight and explores the dark heart of the famous fairytale Mat Fraser is discussing his disability. Assured it was safe, his mother took the drug thalidomide to counter morning sickness

The Last Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor - review

There are some hard Christmas acts to follow at this address, including last year's very tasty Hansel and Gretel and the Olivier-nominated Cinderella: a Fairy Tale, which is deservedly becoming a festive fixture in theatres well beyond Bristol.

The Night Before Christmas - review

Soho theatre, London This filthy new musical version of Anthony Neilson's 1995 Christmas play about an out-of-sorts city boy piles on the sentimentality Gary (Navin Chowdhry) is a former city boy turned counterfeit trader with a taste for cocaine. Life'

The Little Mermaid - review

The world in which writer Joel Horwood and the director Simon Godwin set their version of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale is not a happy one.

Chicago - review

The windy city is a vision of hell in Paul Kerryson and Drew McOnie's galvanising makeover of the popular musical Murder gets the razzle-dazzle treatment in Paul Kerryson's galvanising revival of Kander and Ebb's sardonic musical. We're in 1920s Chicago,

Jack and the Beanstalk - review

It's only the start of December and already the rush to save Christmas is on in London.

The Snow Gorilla - review

Based on a 17th-century design, the Rose has much in common with a circus big top, albeit one that's built from bricks and mortar rather than canvas.

Amygdala - review

Catherine (Hermione Gulliford) is middle-aged with a husband, two children, two degrees and migraines.

Gastronauts - review

The Royal Court's studio space has been transformed into a dining area. The audience/diners are invited to down an Alice in Wonderland-style potion then take a seat at a table.

Lizzie Siddal - review

You may not recollect the name, but you will certainly know the face of Lizzie Siddal, the pre-Raphaelite model who was immortalised by John Everett Millais.