OnOff Stage

9th December 1994 at 00:00
Here's a pick of the crop of regional Christmas shows and end of term school productions. Reviews of selected London shows will be run on December 16 and 23. To all the teachers and pupils about to unleash their shows in school halls around the country - break a leg and have a great time doing it!

Regional theatres: Peter Pan directed by Anthony Clark at Birmingham Rep until January 28 (021 236 4455). Cinderella - The Play at the Contact Theatre, Manchester until January 14 (061 274 4400). Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs starring Marty Caine from December 22 to January 29 at the Sheffield Lyceum (0114 276 9922). Annie at the Sheffield Crucible from December 8 to January 14 (0114 769 922).

Beauty and the Beast at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry (01203 553 055). M6's production of The Snow Queen, adapted by Neil Duffield at The Met, Bury until January 14 (061 761 2216). The Jungle Book, another adaptation by Neil Duffield at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham until January 14 (0242 236 700). David Holman's adaptation of A Christmas Carol at The Dukes, Lancaster until December 31 (0524 67461). Jack and the Beanstalk at Bristol's Theatre Royal until January 28 (0117 949 4901). Jack and the Beanstalk at Derby Playhouse until January 28 (0332 363 275). Mowgli's Jungle at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton until January 14 (0204 20661). The Wizard of Oz at Theatr Clwyd, Mold until January 21 (0352 755 114). Beauty and the Beast adapted by Charles Way at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff until January 7 (0222 230 451). The Secret Garden at the Library Theatre, Manchester until January 14 (061 236 7110), in rep with another Duffield adaptation, Aladdin and the Magic Lamp. Another Aladdin at the Oxford Playhouse, written by Jeanette Ranger and Christopher Lillicrap until January 14 (0865 7986000). Charlotte's Web, a musical version at Chester Gateway Theatre (0244 340392). Babes in the Wood with Max Boyce and Sheila Steafel at Churchill Theatre, Bromley, Kent until January 14 (081 460 6677). Cinderella adapted by David Wood at Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich until January 28 (0473 253 725). Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of the Mummy's Tomb at Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich until January 7 (0473 211498). The Pied Piper at Torch Theatre, Milford Haven until January 7 (01646 695 267). Sleigh Rider by Jeanette Ranger and Christopher Lillicrap at the Haymarket, Basingstoke until December 17 (0256 50103). Max and the Missing Melody at Wilde Theatre, Bracknell until January 7 (01344 484 123). The Three Musketeers produced by Playbox Theatre at Warwick Arts Centre from December 15 to 17 (0926 512388). A Christmas Carol adapted by Richard Crowe at Old Town Hall Arts Centre until December 30 (0784 461617).

Other London shows: Cambridge Theatre, WC2 Peter Pan the British Musical until January 21 (071 494 5080); Greenwich Theatre, SE3 A Tale of Two Cities adapted and directed by Matthew Francis until February 4 (081 858 7755); The Old Bull Arts Centre, Barnet EN5 Flash Gordon the Musical December 16 to January 1 (081 449 5189); Theatre Venture's Tales of the Arabian Nights visits Nettlefold Hall, Lambeth, until December 17 (071 738 3801) and Chat's Palace, Hackney from December 20 to 22 (081 986 6714); Little Angel Marionette Theatre, Dagmar Passage, Cross Street, N1 Angelo and The Talkative Tortoise and Other Tall Tales December 17 to January 22 (071 226 1787); Hoxton Hall, N1 Cut-Throat Voyage to Treasure Island until January 14 (071 739 5431); Blackheath Concert Halls The Circus of Illusion December 26 to January 2 (081 463 0100); Watermans Arts Centre, Brentford, Aladdin to January 7 (081 568 1176).

School productions: Trinity School, Croydon, Forty Years On by Alan Bennett. The play about a school putting on a play in tribute to a retiring headteacher is being put on by a school to pay tribute to its retiring headteacher, December 7-10 (081 656 9541). Christ Church Junior School, Bristol, Back in Time for Christmas, developed during a residency by Dr Foster's Theatre. A promenade performance in which the audience time travels in search of the spirit of Christmas. December 7-9. (0272 569 589).

King Henry VIII School, Coventry, Return to the Forbidden Planet, written by an old boy of the school, Bob Carlton. December 13-17 (01203 673 442). Clarendon College, Nottingham, Frankenstein, presented by students on the HND Community Performance course. December 8 (0602 418 236). Kew College, Surrey, It Were Christmas Day in the Workhouse. Written by the drama teacher and involving every child in the school. December 9 (081 940 2039). Bristol Cathedral School, Measure for Measure. A topical, modern dress production like that featured on the BBC's Bard on the Box series. December 7-10 (0272 291 872). Reigate School, Surrey, The Crucible December 8-10 (0737 243 166). Mildenhall Upper School, Suffolk, Macbeth. December 7-10 (0638 714 645). Radcliffe School, Milton Keynes, Oedipus by sixth formers. December 6-8 (0908 312 579). Thame Youth Theatre at Lord Williams's Lower School East Hall, Thame, Oxfordshire: She Stoops to Conquer, promising a new twist to an old play. December 9, 10 (01844 213 400).

* English National Ballet is to hold workshops for children on the morning of December 22 as part of its Nutcracker season at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Details: 071 581 1245. Box office 071 928 8800.

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