Snow White

Anita Harris stars in Snow White as Queen Malevola at The Kings Theatre Southsea for New Pantomime Productions

The legendary Anita Harris as Queen Malevola

New Pantomime Productions Ltd presents Snow White, coming to the Kings Theatre Portsmouth in 2017.

Magic Mirror in my hand which is the fairest pantomime in the land? Why, Snow White at the Kings Theatre of course!

Join us for traditional family pantomime fun with Snow White, her charming Prince, the Wicked Queen and 7 dependable dwarfs with lavish sets, wonderful costumes, a surprise or two and all the cheers, jokes and jeers you would expect.

Following our record-breaking production of Jack & The Beanstalk 2016/17 tickets are selling fast.

Discounted rates for Groups of 20+ and special rates for schools are also available.

You will not want to miss this Christmas treat for all the family!

Melinda Messenger as Fairy Sparkle

Marcus Patrick as The Huntsman

Simon Grant as Muddles

Jack Edwards as Sarah Spoilit

Hannah Lowther as Snow White

Jordan Adams as Prince Valentine

Plus the Magnificent Seven Real Dwarfs!

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Cinderella

Suzie Chard appears as Fairy Godmother in Cinderella at The Orchard Theatre Dartford for Qdos Productions

You are invited to the biggest Royal Ball of the year as a sumptuous production of Cinderellacomes to The Orchard Theatre.

Starring Louie Spence as Dandini, Michelle Collins as The Wicked Stepmother, Jayne Wisener as Cinderella and Phil Butler as Buttons, don’t miss this year’s unmissable Christmas treat packed full of laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning special effects, beautiful costumes and plenty to boo and hiss at. 

With over 30,000 theatregoers attending pantomime at The Orchard Theatre each festive season it’s never too early to book!

Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients we know you expect, Cinderella will feature laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses. Join Cinders as she goes from rags-to-riches, outwits her very ugly sisters and meets her dashing Prince Charming. Expect pumpkins and mice, carriages and horses, glitz, glamour, beautiful dresses, comedy and of course a glass slipper!

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Snow White

Shaun Prendergast makes a welcome return as Nurse Glucose at The Middlesbrough Theatre Middlesborough.

Presented by Extravaganza Productions Ltd and Middlesbrough Theatre

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, which is the best pantomime of all…?

The answer, without doubt, is this year’s fun-packed family panto at Middlesbrough Theatre – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

This spectacular production stars mother and daughter from one of TV’s most popular soaps, playing mother and step-daughter: Deena Payne (Viv Windsor in Emmerdale) stars as the Wicked Queen alongside Adele Silva (Kelly Windsor) as Snow White.

Much-loved local comedy magician John Archer (CBBC’s Help! My Supply Teacher’s Magic) makes his Middlesbrough Theatre debut to play Muddles and one of the best dames in the business, Shaun Prendergast, makes a welcome return as Nurse Glucose. And – Hi Ho! Hi Ho! – seven short actors will be playing the magnificent seven.

There will be dazzling costumes, spellbinding special effects and lots of audience participation that will keep the whole family entertained and amused.

To celebrate the theatre’s sixtieth anniversary, there are a record sixty performances, running from Friday 8th December to Sunday 14th January. Child discounts and Family Tickets are available at all performances.

So Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, it’s off to Panto we go…

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Aladdin

Michael Greco appears as Abanazar in Aladdin at The Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells for UK Productions

Michael Greco appears as Abanazar

Climb aboard a magic carpet and let the Assembly Hall Theatre take you on an amazing journey.

The thrilling story of a boy, a lamp and a genie, Aladdin is one of the most popular pantomimes of all.

Audiences are promised a traditional show packed with comedy, slapstick, singing, dancing, beautiful costumes and plenty of audience participation!

From the producers of last year’s smash hit Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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The Wizard of Oz

Julia Haworth appears as Glinda the Good Fairy at The Heywood Civic Centre Heywood for Trio Entertainment

Julia Haworth appears as Glinda the Good Fairy

Trio Entertainment in association with Heywood Civic Centre are proud to present The Wizard of Oz

We’re off to see. A wizardly wonderful Pantomime adventure, The Wizard of Oz.

Join Dorothy Gale as she befriends a brainless Scarecrow, a loveable Tin Man and the cowardly Lion on their quest to thwart the evil powers of the Wicked Witch of the West.

With a little help from Glinda the Good Fairy and the almighty and powerful Wizard of Oz, good is sure to conquer evil.

This Christmas treat is fun for all the family from 2 to 102. Packed with great songs, brilliant dance routines and plenty of laughter for all the family, it’s going to be the best value family-friendly pantomime in town!

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Aladdin

Nisha Anil appears as Princess Jasmine in Aladdin at the Pearce Suite Theatre Maidenhead for Q Productions

Nisha Anil appears as Princess Jasmine in Aladdin

CHANNEL 4’S GOGGLEBOX FAVOURITE Sandra Martin And CBEEBIES PRESENTER Nisha Anil To Star In Maidenhead’s Professional Pantomime, ALADDIN.

Featuring CHANNEL 4’s GOGGLEBOX FAVOURITE Sandra Martin as Spirit of the Ring and CBEEBIES PRESENTER Nisha Anil as Princess Jasmine, we are delighted to present The Maidenhead Pantomime extravaganza Aladdin.

Join us from Saturday 9th December 2017 until Sunday 31st December 2017, at the newly re-launched at at Magnet Leisure Centre as we take off on a magical journey to Old Peking where song, dance and silliness are the order of the day as we follow the hilarious Widow Twankey and her sons Aladdin and Wishee Washee as they fall in love, fall over and get truly covered in foam and gunge!

Packed full of side splitting comedy, stunning special effects and lavish costumes, a supporting cast of West End performers and dancers and of course not forgetting our local Juvenile cast, this professional pantomime will be a wish come true for the Maidenhead theatre scene!

The question is will they succeed in overthrowing the wicked plans of the evil Abanaza (boo hisssss), and will Aladdin win the heart of Princess Jasmine (that’s two questions actually) ………. but there’s only one way to find out – book your tickets now and join us on a journey as we take flight on our carpet ride adventure to a whole new world!

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Sleeping Beauty

Will Kenning appears as Nurse Nellie at The Grove Theatre Dunstable for Paul Hendy Productions

*** STARRING: John Partridge (EastEnders), Sally Lindsay (Coronation Street) & Rebecca Keatley (CBeebies). Click here to find out more about the cast. ***

Grove Theatre has teamed up with Evolution Productions to present a spell-binding and breathtaking adaptation of the pantomime Sleeping Beauty. Evolution Productions, led by television presenter Paul Hendy and his partner Emily Wood, is the most successful pantomime company in the country producing spectacular shows throughout the UK.

With lots of audience participation, lavish sets and stunning special effects, Sleeping Beauty promises to be Grove Theatre’s funniest and most magical pantomime ever!

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Cinderella

Melissa Jane Fleming appears as Cinderella at the Wyllyotts Theatre Potters Bar for Jordan Productions

’re delighted to return to the Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar in 2017 with the best loved pantomime of them all – Cinderella. Running from Wednesday 13 December until Sunday 31 December 2017.

Join us for the timeless tale of laughter, magic and true love. Left at home by the ugliest of sisters, Cinders cannot go to the ball. However, with the help of her Fairy Godmother and brilliant buffoonery from Buttons, the most exciting night of her life can begin!

You’re invited to the Royal Ball. Expect live music, stunning sets, fabulous costumes, slick choreography and breath-taking special effects.

Tickets are on sale now at www.wyllyottstheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01707 660067

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Working Christmas

Omar Ibrahim appears in Working Chistmas at The Old Fire Station Oxford

In this city, you can be next-door neighbours, but live in totally different worlds.

Omar is the only student not going home this Christmas, so he’s stuck in halls alone. Jo might as well work through the holidays. Her kids don’t want to see her anyway. They could both do with a friend. They could both do with having some actual fun…

Stuffed full of love, songs and silliness, this is a sparkling new Christmas play for grown-ups, created specially for Oxford.

Working Christmas is the brilliant follow-up to the Old Fire Station’s 2016 sell-out hit Thirty Christmases, written by Drama Desk Award nominee Jonny Donahoe (Every Brilliant Thing, Jonny & the Baptists) and Vault Festival Award winner James Rowland (Team Viking, A Hundred Different Words For Love).

★★★★ Top 10 Christmas Shows 2016 ‘Warm, touching and funny’ The Stage on Thirty Christmases.

Featuring a stellar cast of actor-comedians Omar Ibrahim (Omar & Lee) and Perrier Award nominee Joanna Neary (Mitchell & Webb, Ideal). Directed by OffWestEnd Best Production Award winner Daniel Goldman (Thebes Land).

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Sleeping Beauty

Nicholas Collett appears as Dame and directs Sleeping Beauty at the Dorking Halls for Enchanted Entertainment.

Starring… X-FACTOR FINALIST and CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER’S Christopher Maloney as Prince and EMMERDALE’S Gemma Oaten as Wicked Fairy!

Set your alarm clocks early for Christmas 2017 as Enchanted Entertainment return to Dorking Halls with their magical pantomime Sleeping Beauty from 16th to 28th December.

The pantomime will feature fantastic music, heaps of fun and laughter as well as plenty of audience participation… oh yes it will! Come and join in the festive fun as Dorking Halls and Enchanted Entertainment bring one of the world’s best loved pantomimes to life. Packed with sensational songs, dazzling dance routines, spectacular sets and fabulous costumes; this is a tremendous treat for all the family you won’t want to miss!

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Cinderella

Duncan Earlham appears as Dandini in Cinderella at The Lighthouse Theatre Poole for Duncan Reeves productions.

With rehearsals for this year’s pantomime Cinderella underway writer, director and co-producer Peter Duncan tells us more about what to expect from this year’s magical production …

 

It’s Cinderella supercharged – the classic story of a true love that’s as fit for a prince as a pauper, but souped up with ponies, tap dancing, opera singing and an iconic 1980s sitcom character.

Lighthouse is ready to reveal a brand new Cinderella created specially for Poole by Peter Duncan who with his co-producer Darren Reeves is pulling out all the stops to follow up the success of their Aladdin last year with an even bigger box office smash.

“We like to cast pantos in a way that is interesting and then use the particular talents of the cast and incorporate them in the show,’ explains the former Blue Peter presenter and Chief Scout.

“For example, Lucy Kay from Britain’s Got Talent, she is an actress but was originally an opera singer so, not that Cinderella will become an opera, but we will certainly include an element of that. And Richard Gibson as Baron Hardup is an old friend who played Herr Flick in ’Allo ’Allo – this iconic character in what was the top sitcom for years and years so we’ll bring element of that in.

“The we’ve got two actors who are really good tap dancers playing the Prince and Dandini, so we’ll do Ed Sheeran’s Castles in the Air song and turn it into a tap extravaganza.”

And what of the ponies, Peter?

“Yes, there are real, live ponies… live ponies!” he exclaims, clapping his hands in delight. “I mean I’m only the producer, I don’t deal with any of the mechanics of it at all. I can tell you they’re going to live off-site – the Chief Executive is going to look after them. She’s going to take them to her house and bring them in every day… because she wanted ponies, she’s got them!”

All of which is Peter’s way of explaining how it’s possible to take a tried and tested story like Cinderella and find something new in it.

“All these panto fables have a kind of structure to them, but the joy of doing them again is that often you can pick up on a degree of contemporary song and culture which you can cleverly adapt to give it a sense of something current.

“In Poole we have to be distinctive from Bournemouth, which is only down the road so because as producers Darren and I have only got the one show to put on this Christmas we can put lots of craft into it, whereas I think for panto producers who have lots of shows to do it’s very hard to have that attention to detail.

“Poole has that reputation – if you’re generic and do the same thing every year you can say it’s going to work, but when you are creatively adventurous it’s more rewarding to get to the point you want to get to.”

Peter also has a new twist on another panto staple – the ultra violet light scene – up his sleeve and a few little plot twists that audiences will take to their hearts, he hopes.

“I was watching an extraordinary programme about a girl that could play the piano before she could read and write, which just shows what can happen when you take young people, teach them at home and allow the imagination to fly.

“She has done a version of Cinderella and she had a brilliant idea where she has a song that only the prince and Cinderella would know so when one sang the melody to the other they knew they were destined for each other. What a great idea – I don’t know quite how, but I‘m definitely going to steal it!”

 

Cinderella opens at Lighthouse on Friday 8 December and runs until Saturday 6 January including audio described, captioned and relaxed performances.

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