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Christmas Pantos around the UK

partnership-with-familiesWhat are the best pantomimes to go and see across the UK this year? Families Online have gathered the biggest, boldest and brightest must-see productions coming to a town near you.

The most British of traditions, visiting a panto with the family is one to embrace! Now let’s get practicing, all together now… “He’s Behind You…”



2016 UK Christmas Pantomime Roundup

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs – Kent
Where? Assembly Hall Theatre, Crescent Road, Tunbridge Wells Kent UK TN1 2LU
When? 9th December 2016 – Sun 2nd January 2017
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are making their way to Royal Tunbridge Wells this Christmas. Starring the fabulous Su Pollard as the wickedest witch you ever did see. Laugh and sing along with this sparkly family friendly panto.

Peter Pan – Rhyl
Where? The Pavilion Theatre. East Parade, Rhyl, Denbighshire. LL18 3AQ.
When? 9th December 2016 to 7th January 2017
The all-round family favourite Peter Pan – arghhhhhh will be showing at The Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl this year. Featuring the fantastic Mark Little, best known for his role as Joe Mangle in Neighbours. Plus Derek Moran from ch 5’s Milkshake and if that’s not enough you’ll also find Juliet Cadzow most famous for her role in Balamory as Edie McCredie. Thrill your imagination and fly away with Peter Pan and the children this Christmas.

Aladdin – Blackpool
Where? Blackpool, FY1 1HT
When? 9th December 2016 – 8th January 2017
Join our favourite hero Aladdin on his adventures in Blackpool. This year’s panto stars CBBC’s favourite Barney Harwood, Holby City’s Mark Moraghan and the very talented comedy magician Mark James. Head along for a festive journey into a land far-far away that’s packed full of fun and adventure.

Peter Pan – Bradford
Where? The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
When? 17th December 2016 – 29th January 2017
Peter Pan at The Alhambra Theatre promises to be full of comedy for all the family. This year’s show stars Alhambra Theatre favourite Billy Pearce, along with Darren Day, Charlie Hardwick and Jon Lee, it’s going to be a swashbuckling treat.

Snow White – Reading
Where? The Hexagon, Reading
When? 10th December 2016 – 8th January 2017
The lucky people of Reading have Cbeebies star Justin Fletcher starring in this year’s fairy tale panto. Plus enjoy an enchanting show with Sarah Accomando as the beautiful Snow White and a fun performance from Paul Morse, winner of the ‘UK’s Panto Fans Award’ for best Dame in 2015. Will the Wicked Witch win with her dastardly plan or will Jester Justin and the hilarious panto dame foil her plan.

Dick Whittington – Birmingham
Where? Birmingham Hippodrome
When? 19th December 2016 – 29th January 2017
This year’s show stars legendary showman John Barrowman, the fab comedy-duo The Krankies and soap-star Steve McFadden.

Snow White – Plymouth
Where? The Lyric, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2TR
When? 16th December 2016 – 14th January 2017
For 2016 the Theatre Royal Plymouth is showing the amazing Snow White, starring family favourite Lesley Joseph and pop sensation Duncan James. You’ll be in for a treat with barrels of laughs, and sensational songs, dances and more we can’t wait to find out who is the fairest of them all.

Sleeping Beauty – Worcestershire
Where? Grange Rd, Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 3HB
When? 15th December 2016 – 8th January 2017
The kids will love this magical, fun filled pantomime, perfect for getting the whole family into a festive mood. This year’s Sleeping Beauty has lots of fantastic tv stars including Gillian Wright, from Eastenders. Ch 5’s Milkshake presenter Amy Thompson, Basil Brush star Chris Pizzey and Casualty favourite Rebecca Wheatley!

Aladdin – Glasgow
Where? Clyde Auditorium, Exhibition Way, Glasgow, G3 8YW
When? 10th December 2016 – 31st January 2017
This year you can journey to the magical far east at the SECC Clyde Auditorium. This year’s panto is brought to life by the musically talented Marti Pellow as the wonderfully evil Abanazar. He’ll be joined by panto favourite Johnny Mac as the hilarious Wishee Washee, you’ll love this laugh out loud adventure.

Sleeping Beauty – Basingstoke
Where? Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QR
When? 8th December 2016 – 2nd January 2017
You won’t feel like sleeping during this dazzling performance with the glittering costumes, and show stopping dance routines and super songs. This year the family panto stars Sue Holderness of Only Fools and Horses fame. Katrina Bryan from CBeebies Nina and the Neurons and Sarah-Jane Buckley of Hollyoaks stardom.

Pinocchio – Belfast
Where? The Mac, 10 Exchange Street West, Belfast
When? 29th November 2016 – 1st January 2017
This looks like an amazing show to share with the family, they’ll be an abundance of Christmas magic when you head along to follow the adventures of the much loved wooden boy. The show is suitable for all ages so pop along and find out will Pinocchio become a real boy?

Peter Pan – Bromley
Where? Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley, BR1 1HA
When? December 9th 2016 – January 7th 2017
Take your family on a trip to Neverland this year at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley. Starring Craig Revel Horwood as the villain we all love to hate, Captain Hook, with hilarious comedy and spectacular sets it’s sure to be a family delight.

Cinderella – Bristol
Where? Bristol Hippodrome Theatre
When? 10th December 2016 – 8th January 2017
This year’s fairy tale panto – Cinderella will see the spectacular Torvill and Dean hit the stage as the fantastic Fairy God Parents and wowing family audiences with their amazing routines. Check out the fantastical music, dance, sumptuous sets and costumes. It’s set to be one of the best pantos in town.

Sleeping Beauty – Sunderland
Where? High Street West, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR1 3EX
When? 9th December 2016 – 31st December 2017
They’ll be no sleeping during this excitingly magical family pantomime. Plus there’s a whole host of stars bringing the beautiful set to life including, Vicky Entwistle from everyone’s northern favourite Coronation Street taking on the role of evil Carabosse. Faye Tozer, you’ll know from her days with Steps will be sparkling away as the Good Fairy and look out for Balamory favourite Andrew Agnew, better known as PC Plum.

Sleeping Beauty – London
Where? Hackeny Empire  E8 1EJ
When? 26th November 2016 – 8th January 2017
Take your family on an amazing adventure to the enchanted Hackneytonia and be prepared for spellbinding performance with performances from the talented Sharon D Clarke, Alexia Khadime and many more stage stars.

Jack and the Beanstalk – Nottingham
Where? Theatre Royal Nottingham, NG1 5ND
When? 10th December 2016 – 15th January 2017
This year Nottingham Theatre Royal’s entertaining family pantomime will be Jack and the Beanstalk starring our favourite comedy-duo The Chuckle Brothers, Benidorm’s Tony Maudsley and The X Factor finalist Chico as Jack of course. They’ll be lots of family laughs to be had, along with stunning costumes and scenery, and amazing special effects, including an amazing castle like you’ve never seen before!

Sleeping Beauty – Ipswich
Where? Regent Theatre 3 St Helen’s Street, Ipswich IP4 1HE
When? 17th December 2016 – 2nd January 2017
Head along for this enchanting performance of Sleeping Beauty, featuring a breathtaking 3D Projection, amazing live band, with heaps of fun and laughter thrown in, oh and not forgetting CBBC’s Ella Gilling as the Princess and the talented David Phipps-Davis as our favourite Dame.

Aladdin – Bath
Where? Theatre Royal, Sawclose, Bath BA1 1ET
When? 8th December 2016 – 8th January 2017
CBBC fans will be delighted to hear Sam, of the Sam & Mark comedy duo will be starring in the lead role of Aladdin this year. Joining him on the stage will be Emmerdale and Coronation Street star Bill Ward, comedian Jon Monie and many more. Climb aboard this magic panto ride for a fab festive treat with the family.

Cinderella – Belfast
Where? Grand Opera House, Great Victoria Street, Belfast
When? 3rd December 2016– 15th January 2017
A classic fairy tale show with all the classic ingredients, including the fab fairy godmother played by May McFettridge, a lovable damsel in distress and a oh so handsome prince in the shape of Pop Idol Gareth Gates, of course all mixed together for a show of family laughter and surprise.

Aladdin – Opera House, Manchester
b? Opera House Manchester, 3 Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3HP
When? 9th December 2016 – 8th January 2017
This year’s panto at Manchester Opera House is an all-star line-up, with Sherrie Dawson, Loose Woman and Benidorm favourite will be the amazing genie. John Thomson of Cold Feet will be starring as the evil Abanazar and super pop sensation Ben Adams of A1 will of course be the delightful, family favourite Aladdin. Send your children on a magical carpet ride with Aladdin and his friends this Christmas.

Sleeping Beauty – Surrey
Where? Richmond Theatre, The Green, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1QJ
When? 2nd December 2016 – 8th January 2017
This classic tale will be brought to life by one of our faves CBeebies presenter Chris Jarvis (Show Me Me) and Maureen Lipman returns as the Wicked Fairy in this spectacular family panto. One not to be missed for the Show Me Show Me fans!! Will the wicked witch’s spell be broken in this spellbinding, exciting Christmas pantomime.

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs – Sheffield
Where? The Lyceum, Sheffield, S1 1DA
When? 9th December 2016 – 8th January 2017
This year’s fun-packed pantomime Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs stars Coronation Street star Wendi Peters, Cbeebies legend Phil Gallagher aka Mister Maker and Sheffield star Damian Williams.

Cinderella – Worcestershire
Where? The Swan Theatre, The Moors, Worcester, WR1 3ED
When? 5th December – 8th January 2017
This year’s must-see pantomime is Cinderella! Featuring Sam Patrick as Buttons, Ben Humphrey as the Fairy Godmother and the stunning Lucy-Jane Quinlan as Cinderella.