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05 Dec 2018
Christmas is one of the best times of year to enjoy a night out with friends and family. “Oh, no it isn’t!” we hear you cry, and if that’s the case, we can only assume you’re a fan of panto. Whether it’s Principal boys and wacky Dames, or Prima ballerinas and Victorian tales, the festive season really does provide a little something for everyone.
Jack & the Beanstalk – Liverpool
This well-known tale is brought to life by Liverpool’s own, John Evans (Simple Simon) and Strictly Come Dancing’s Head Judge, Shirley Ballas (Mother Nature). When Jack exchanges his faithful cow for magic beans, he sets off on an adventure that takes him high above the clouds and into the giant’s lair. Full of comedy, music and magic effects, it’s a great pantomime for the whole family.
Aladdin – Ayr
Join Aladdin and the gang as they go from rags to riches, with help from a magic lamp and the Genie residing inside. Money doesn’t bring happiness though and Aladdin must fight off the Evil Abanazer to save his love, Princess Jasmine. The venue, Ayr Gaiety Theatre, is a social enterprise, run entirely for the community so not only will you have a great night out, you’ll be helping a local charity.
Dick Whittington – Exeter
Prophecy foretells that Dick Whittington will become Lord Mayor of London but it won’t be an easy journey. With his trusty cat as a companion, he must first defeat the evil King Rat and win the heart of his love interest. Expect adventure on land and at sea, with lots of comedy from Exeter’s favourite Dame, Steve Bennett.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Basingstoke
While the dwarfs are working in the mine, Snow White must fend off the Wicked Queen who is determined to kill her in an attempt to be the fairest of them all. Throw in a poisoned apple, a charming prince and a few songs you’ll be whistling for days, and you’ve got a all the fixings for a great pantomime.
Nativity! The Musical – Oxford
Following on from big screen success, the Nativity! franchise takes to the stage with an all-singing, all-dancing, all-chaotic cast. The musical follows the same storyline of the original film as school teacher, Mr Maddens, heads down a spiralling path of donkeys, Hollywood producers and lost love. Enjoy this show? You can catch the next instalment of the film, Nativity Rocks, at cinemas now.
The Nutcracker – Cardiff
As synonymous with Christmas as Santa himself, The Nutcracker is a stunning showcase of graceful dancers and fantastical costumes and scenery. Join Clara as she enters the fairy-tale world of dancing mice, fairies and toy soldiers, performed by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia.
Wizard of Oz – Pitlochry
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! While it may not be based on Christmas, it's nearly always on TV during the festive season, and it has magical memories for us. The Wizard of Oz has landed at Pitlochry Festival Theatre, bringing with it flying monkeys, wicked witches and cowardly lions. Follow the Yellow Brick road and join the heroes of the story as they help Dorothy return home to Kansas.
Look out for beautiful costumes and scenery, amazing acrobatics and awesome aerial artistry.
A Christmas Carol – Bristol
With cries of Bah, humbug, it seemed that nothing could fill Ebenezer Scrooge with the Christmas spirit...until he was visited by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Witness the life-changing moment when Scrooge casts off his selfishness and embraces the true meaning of Christmas. This classic Charles Dickens tale has been reimagined and includes a riot of music and creative theatrics.
This is just a tiny selection of the shows on offer during the festive period. Check local theatres for what’s on in your area.
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