Oh yes they are! 13 pantomimes to book now
It's what you've all been waiting for. Oh no it isn't! Oh yes it is! Oh no.... OK, enough! Here are 13 of the perkiest pantos in Norfolk. You ready, Widow Twanky?
Dick Whittington and his Cat, 11 Dec – 9 Jan
Plenty of small-screen talent in this year’s production, including TV actress Siân Reeves, Dengineers presenter and YouTube star Joe Tracini, celebrated actor Graham Cole (you’ll know him from The Bill) and CBeebies presenter Gyasi Sheppy, who takes on the lead role of a starry-eyed Dick Whittington.
Robin Good: The Politico-Panto, Norwich Theatre Playhouse, 8 – 19 Dec
Mother Goose, this ain’t! One for teens and older, this tongue-in-cheek production features Robin Good, a vegan, queer, socialist, social media influencer, on their quest to stop Barry, The Sheriff of Norwich, from turning the whole place into a holiday resort for the mega-rich. Wilfully woke and lovin’ it.
Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, The Corn Hall, Diss, 18 – 28 Dec
Nab your seats quick for this one, as the short run time means it’s sure to sell out! LP Creatives are back for a fourth year running with family favourite Snow White – expect a classic fairytale with a couple of fun twists and turns.
My First Panto: Cinderella Rocks, The Garage Norwich, 26 Nov – 16 Jan
Littlies aged 7 and under will love this fun modern-day take on Cinderella, in which lead character Ella wants to take over the world of music. After all, who needs a prince when you have rock and roll?
Jack and the Beanstalk, St George’s Theatre Great Yarmouth, 11 – 19 Dec and Sheringham Little Theatre, 21 – 31 Dec
From the same team that brought you last year’s Rapunzel: The Lockdown Pantomime, this year’s production is set to be a hilarious modern day twist on a classic. Featuring a lazy Jack who can’t be bothered with life after lockdown, his trendy but embarrassing mum Dame TikTok, and a talking cow called, er, Colin.
A Christmas Carol, Biddy’s Tea Room, Norwich, 6 – 23 Dec
Biddy’s is back! Their intimate two-man production of A Christmas Carol is a local favourite, and all visitors get a free mince pie and mulled apple juice too. Suitable for ages five and up.
Mother Goose, Gorleston Pavilion, 8 Dec – 2 Jan
Talk about an eggstravaganza (sorry)! This year’s Gorleston panto sees Joseph Ballard as heroine Milly, who’s on a mission to save Priscilla the Goose and resist the spirits of temptation along the way. Magic, comedy, dance numbers… what more could you want?
Aladdin, Great Yarmouth Town Hall, 22nd Dec – 2 Jan
The perfect family outing for ‘Twixmas (that’s the fiddly bit between Christmas and New Year), this panto has plenty of laugh-out-loud comedy with musical numbers and a little magic sprinkled throughout. Best of all, there’s no Will Smith in blue body paint.
Aladdin, The Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 4 Dec – 1 Jan
Another take on the Disney fave, Hunstanton’s production promises dazzling scenery and costumes, amazing special effects and plenty of spot-on jokes. Flying carpet optional.
Hansel and Gretel, Wells Maltings, 17 – 28 Dec
This collab between Wells Maltings and fEAST Theatre is perfect for 7 to 11 year-olds, and features some madcap puppetry as well as a distinctly Norfolk twist on a traditional tale. You’ll never look at gummi bears the same way again…
Beauty and the Beast, King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, 8 – 31 Dec
Move over Emma Watson, Dame Dotty and her son Potty Pierre are in town to cause chaos at the chateau! This production of Beauty and the Beast looks to have all the makings of a great rip-roaring panto, so get on the tickets pronto.
Cinderella, Maddermarket Theatre, 15 – 31 Dec
For the first time ever, Maddermarket is putting on the Ritzs for Cinders and the gang in this well-loved family favourite panto. One for traditionalists – just be home before midnight!
Goldilocks: The Greatest Hoe on Earth, Maddermarket Theatre, 18 – 30 Dec
And now one that’s definitely not for kids (oh no it isn’t!), this raunchy 18+ show from The Adult Panto Company promises plenty of festive and filthy fun.