[img]http://hits.guardian.co.uk/b/ss/guardiangu-feeds/1/H.20.3/19926?ns=guardian&pageName=What+to+see%3A+Lyn+Gardner%27s+theatre+tips%3AArticle%3A1314204&ch=Stage&c3=GU.co.uk&c4=Theatre%2CStage%2CCulture+section%2CPanto+season&c6=Lyn+Gardner&c7=09-Dec-04&c8=1314204&c9=Article&c10=Blogpost&c11=Stage&c13=&c25=Theatre+blog&c30=content&h2=GU%2FStage%2Fblog%2FTheatre+blog[/img]The panto season is starting to take hold in theatreland, but there's still a last chance to see some heavyweight drama
Tonight, you can catch Quarantine's Make-Believe at the Arnolfini in Bristol, Ed Rapley's The Middle Bit at Bristol Old Vic, Action Hero's Watch Me Fall at the Green Room in Manchester, The Last Supper at the Curve in Leicester and Extraordinary Voices at the Tate. All are worth your time and money. Some you might even find life-changing.
You'll have to hurry, too, to catch Endgame at the Duchess, Told By an Idiot's The Fahrenheit Twins at the Barbican (which I liked more than most, but then I am a real sucker for the twisted fairytale), Chloe Moss's touching This Wide Night at Soho, and Mrs Klein at the Almeida, which all end tomorrow. There's also only a week left for Speaking in Tongues at the Duke of Yorks and Lenny Henry's Othello at Trafalgar Studios.
John Logan's Red opens at the Donmar on Tuesday, but I'll be at Blind Summit's puppet version of 1984 at BAC. The company has a lot to prove, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for them (and the rats). Also just to alert you that 1927, who did Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, have got a scratch version of a new show at BAC in early January. I've already bagged my tickets: you should, too. Morecambe opens at the Duchess on Thursday night, but may face stiff competition from Ruby Wax at the New Wimbledon in Aladdin.
It's good to see a flurry of fresh musicals, with brand-new versions of The Secret Garden at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Peter Pan at Leicester's Curve. It should be worth a trip to Bristol to see Kneehigh's Hansel and Gretel, which has company founder Mike Shepherd rather than Emma Rice directing. Phil Porter's Cinderella at the Unicorn should be good, too, and I'm also looking forward to the Jackson's Lane Cinderella, which includes circus. Fevered Sleep is a brilliant company, so head for The Forest at the Young Vic whether or not you've got a child aged 3-7. Katie Mitchell's The Cat in the Hat is sold out at the National, alas – which has caused great weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth in our household – but it does go to the Young Vic at the end of January.
Of the Christmas shows I've seen out of town so far, the one I'd really rate is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the New Vic, Newcastle under Lyme, but I'm very much looking forward to seeing Grimm Tales at the Library in Manchester, which I'll catch at the same time as going to see The Royal Exchange's Blithe Spirit. The Tobacco Factory in Bristol and the Egg in Bath always do a brilliant Christmas show, and this year it's Ali Baba in Bristol and Around the World in 80 Days in Bath.
Other things you shouldn't miss over the next few weeks include Kim Noble Must Die and The Pajama Men at Soho, the Sophie Calle exhibition at the Whitechapel, the Talking With Your Mouth Full event for young people interested in making or producing live art at Arts Admin on 11 December, and Devoted and Disgruntled which is booking now and will take place at York Hall in Bethnal Green on the last weekend in January. It's so much more than just a talking shop; it's an agent of change.
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