The big panto round up
I’ve forced Widow Twanky to sit me down well in advance and tell me exactly what’s going on the world of Dick double-entredres, thigh-slapping and he’s-behind-yous for this year’s panto round up, both here and in the capital – because one panto isn’t always enough. And here it is, the definitive panto list- oh yes it is!
Jack and The Beanstalk, Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 3 Dec-1 Jan
& Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 10 Dec
& Theatre Royal, Norwich, 13 Dec-15 Jan
& Auden Theatre, Holt, 17 Dec
Down on his luck and barely able to afford the rent, Jack is tricked into selling the family cow for a handful of magic beans. A Christmas classic playing at four theatres across the county over a variety of dates – there really is no excuse!
Aladdin, Gorleston Pavilion, Gorleston, 7 Dec- 2 Jan
Ohyesitiz Productions (that’s got to be the best name for a production company ever) presents traditional family pantomime, Aladdin with plenty of slap-stick, thrills and spills to delight audiences of all ages.
Peter Pan, Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham, 7 Dec-10 Jan
Wendy Darling tells her brothers stories that send them flying from London (via Norfolk) to Neverland thanks to a boy who refuses to grow up . . . Peter Pan! Meet Tick and Tock the troublesome Crocs, the feisty fairy Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys for an adventure full of amazing production numbers and family entertainment.
Cinderella, Kings Lynn Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn, 8-31 Dec
With Matt Lapinskas (EastEnders & Dancing on Ice) as Prince Charming, Steven Kynman (Cbeebies & Robert the Robot) as Floribunda Hardup, Ian Marr (Marjorie Hardup), Scott Cripps (Buttons), Melissa Jane Fleming (Cinderella) & Posh Charles, this production of Cinderella is sure to be like a fairytale.
Robin Hood, St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, 17 Dec-8 Jan
Following the incredible success of Cinderella last year, the team are back with their unique take on the iconic Robin Hood. Packed full of slapstick, songs and laughter, St George’s Theatre is the place to be this Christmas for Pantomime.
Little Red Riding Hood, Roydon Village Hall, Roydon, 22 Jan
Puzzle House Pantomimes presents a traditional, fun-filled family pantomime based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Six actors play a range of characters in a show full of songs, live keyboard music, thrills, spills and fun.
Sleeping Beauty, Hackney Empire, London, 26 Nov-8 Jan
The Hackney Empire panto is one of the most famous in London, having gone from rough and ready eastenders to the land of the beards and iphone7s. Susie McKenna and Steve Edis promise to bring this traditional fairytale bang up to date in its beautiul Victorian Theatre. No big names that I recognise (but I’ll stand corrected if you bellow at me!) but the Hackney Empire panto is always one of the most pro.
Sleeping Beauty, Richmond Theatre, 2 Dec-8 Jan
Maureen Lipman returns to Richmond’s panto, this year as the Wicked Fairy. She joined by CBeebies fave Chris Jarvis as Chester the Jester, returning for the third year due to popular demand. Expect big song and dance numbers, magic and, of course, bags of audience participation.
Dick Whittington, New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon, 9 Dec-15 Jan
Oooooh, this one looks good. Seasoned dame Matthew Kelly wigs up again for this panto that’s billed as the loudest, brashest and glitziest panto out there. Former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips makes her panto debut, and Tim Vine is also in the cast. Tickets: atgtickets.com
Cinderella, London Palladium, Soho, 10 Dec-15 Jan
Paul O’Grady is the Wicked Stepmother, Amanda Holden is the Fairy Godmother, Julian Clary is Dandini, Lee Mead is Prince Charming, Nigel Havers is Lord Chamberlain and Count Arthur Strong is Baron Hardup. It’s the first panto in almost 30 years to grace the stage at the Palladium, and they’re giving all they’ve got.