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It’s Panto time! The 28 best Pantomimes near you

It's what you've all been waiting for. Oh no it isn't! Oh yes it is! Oh no.... OK, enough! Here are 28 of the perkiest pantos in Cambs, Suffolk and beyond. You ready, Widow Twanky?

Brace yourselves parents, it’s Christmas (again!) and that can only mean one thing… the annual trip to the Panto. You know you love it really! Oh yes you do. Thrill the kids with one of these all-singing all-dancing 2019 Pantos in Suffolk, Cambs and beyond.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

CinderellaCambridge Arts Theatre, 28 Nov – 11 Jan

cast of pantomime cinderella

You shall go the panto! And when you’re there you’ll get to see Wayne Sleep pirouetting around in his usual fabulous style as an Ugly Sister, plus other famous faces from the cobbles of Corrie, and West End shows like Les Mis and Hairspray. cambridgeartstheatre.com

 

Red Riding Hood, ADC Theatre, 27 Nov – 7 Dec 

illustration of red riding hood

The comedic and musical genius of Cambridge Footlights are behind this modern take on a Panto. Join Red and the Big Bad Wolf, plus her estranged father – the leader of the anti-Wolf revolutionaries (I told you it was modern!) as she explores life beyond the woods. adctheatre.com

 

Sleeping Beauty, Cottenham Village College4 – 7 Dec 

This panto comes from am-dram group Cottenham Theatre Workshop, but it’s a professional-sounding Panto with your usual comedy combo of slapstick jokes, men dressed as dames and comic villains. If you’re not a panto fan, just have a nap while the kids watch – if the main character can get away with it…! cottenhamtheatre.com 

 

Beauty & the Beast, The Key Theatre, Peterborough, 5 Dec – 5 Jan

promo for beauty and the beast pantomime

From one beauty to another… this time we’re in France so expect to exclaim ‘oh la la’ a few times as you follow the tale (as old as time) of Belle and her hirsuite prince (no judgement here, some girls like their men hairy!). vivacity.org

 

Cinderella, The Cresset, Peterborough, 7 – 30 Dec 

Gosh Cinders you’re working your fingers to the bones this Panto season, with a whole host of performances across our region. The second one is in Peterborough, and is a fully-loaded glitterathon of a Panto, with the requisite terrible jokes and more singing and dancing than an Andrew Lloyd Weber musical. cresset.co.uk

 

Cinderella, The Angles Theatre, Wisbech, 10 – 31 Dec

Just when she thought she could relax in her new Palace and settle down with Prince Charming, it’s back to washing the floors for poor old Cinders as she reappears in Wisbech for a traditional panto at The Angles Theatre. Will someone give this poor girl a day off? anglestheatre.co.uk

 

Dick WhittingtonThe Maltings, Ely, 13 Dec – 5 Jan

pantomime character dressed as a rat

Dick Whittington is off to London to seek his fortune and find the streets that are paved with gold (see you on the commute Dick!). He’s got his famous feline friend in tow as he aims to save London from a rat. Just an average day in the city then. Expect a live band, stunning set design and glitzy costumes! thelittleboxoffice.com

 

SUFFOLK

AladdinNew Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, Nov 28 to Feb 1 

Aladdin panto on stage

Enter A Whole New World of pantomime awesomeness in Ipswich this year with their exotic take on Aladdin. There’s a musical twist for Ali and his genie pal this year with the introduction of over 20 classic songs like I’m A Believer, Papa Don’t Preach, ABC, I Will Survive and Highway to Hell! The theatre will be rocking. wolseytheatre.co.uk

 

Cinderella, Ipswich Regent Theatre, 14 – 31 Dec

Cinders and her fairy godmother strike again but will it be pumpkins at midnight? There’ll be whip-cracking comedy, fabulous costumes and of course a glass slipper in search of its rightful owner… if the shoe fits! Need more persuading? West End and Hollywood star Adam Garcia plays Prince Charming! ipswichregent.com

 

Peter PanTheatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 29 Nov – 19 Jan

Peter Pan panto at bury st Edmunds

Journey to Never Never Land with Peter, Wendy Darling and Tiger Lily for a swashbuckling adventure as they take on the villainous Captain Hook. A panto for kids and grown-ups who never want to grow up! Looking for the theatre? Second star to the right of the Greene King Brewery and straight on till morning. Think I’m pun-tastic? Just wait till you see the show. theatreroyal.org

 

Snow WhiteMarina Theatre, Lowestoft, 12 Dec – 1 Jan

Snow White panto

Might this be the fairest panto in the land? The Wicked Queen certainly thinks so. Help decide in this production that promises plenty of “Oh no she didn’ts” as well as fabulous singing, dancing and silliness for all ages. None other than Collabro’s Micheal Auger will be headlining as the Prince, so expect stunning vocals. marinatheatre.co.uk

 

The Sleeping BeautyQuay Theatre, Sudbury, 14 – 30 Dec 

In a kingdom not too far away called Suffolk, Princess Aurora is born. Unfortunately at her christening there’s a cock-up with the guest list and evil fairy Distaff doesn’t make the cut. Cue a rather nasty spell and a nice long snooze for Aurora. Help wake her up with jazzy tunes and lots of shouting out. quaysudbury.com

 

Snow White and the Seven DwarfsHaverhill Arts Centre, 20 – 30 Dec 

This production stars Drew Cameron from Britain’s Got Talent finalist (come on, you know – the impressionist!), so buckle up for some hilarious jokes and comedy impressions, as well as some clever lines from the mischievous Mirror Mirror on the Wall. haverhillartscentre.co.uk

 

Dick Whittington, Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 21 Dec – 5 Jan

dick whittington the panto

Dick got lost on his way to London and ended up in Felixstowe, luckily for us. This panto by Dennis Lowe Theatre Company tells the rags to riches tale of a young man and his cat on an exciting quest for fame and fortune through all the traditional panto mediums – songs, a live band, magic, dance routines, slapstick comedy and bags of audience participation. spapavilion.uk

 

AladdinStonham Barns, 20 – 31 Dec 

Travel by magic carpet to the ancient city of Peking and join Aladdin and his brother Wishee Washee and mother Widow Twanky in this perfect family panto from AMP Theatre. Get practising those boos and hisses as they try and defeat the evil Abanaza. stonhambarns.co.uk

 

Jack & the Beanstalk, Southwold Arts Centre, 21 – 27 Dec

Chic Southwold is joining the panto scene this year with a professional take on Jack and the Beanstalk. Join Jack and his family as they try to make ends meet despite the plans of the Evil Giant and his henchman Fleshcreep and afterwards do some Xmas shopping in this delightful seaside town. Winning combo! southwoldarts.org

 

Dick Whittington, Beccles Public Hall & Theatre, 20 December – 1 Jan

Dick Whittington sets out to seek fame and fortune in the Big Smoke. Promising fantastic special effects, dazzling costumes and outrageous comedy! becclespublichall.co.uk

 

Jack & The Beanstalk, Gorleston Pavillion Theatre, 11 Dec – 5 Jan

Jack & The Beanstalk

Fee-fi-fo-fum! Local TV legend Helen McDermott’s theatre company – Oh Yes It Is Productions, returns to the Pavilion theatre this year for this traditional panto classic. gorlestonpavilion.ticketsolve.com

 

FURTHER AFIELD

Sleeping Beauty, Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishop’s Stortford, 7 Dec – 5  Jan

This contemporary re-telling of the classic tale features feisty heroine, Princess Bea up against the Wicked Fairy Midnight in pursuit of true love’s kiss. It’s got a superstar panto director, West End choreographer and producer whose credits include Olivier Award winning shows, so it’s gonna be a good’un. rhodesartscomplex.co.uk

 

Robin Hood, Diss Corn Hall, 20 – 30 December 

This is set to be the Corn Hall’s biggest, boldest and funniest pantomime yet – a feast of fun, fair maidens and fabulous panto magic! thecornhall.co.uk

Beauty and the Beast, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage 29 Nov – 26 Jan
It’s a Tale as old as Time (Ok, I’ll stop now!) as Belle and her furry fella conquer the curse by finding true love. Awww… expect all the usual boos, gags and festive cheer. gordon-craig.co.uk

Smilin’ Sam’s Holiday Hoedown, The Auditorium Theatre, St Christopher School, Letchworth Garden City, 14 Dec

Not your trad panto fodder – all productions by Letchworth-based Imajica Theatre Company have a moral or environmental message. This one’s designed especially for younger children (no loud flashes, bangs or baddies), and 50% of tickets are given away to families with children who have special needs. ticketsource.co.uk/imajicatheatre

Hansel and Gretel, The Quarry Theatre, Bedford, 14 – 22 Dec

Another twist on a dark fairytale, (I mean, it features a 7-foot yeti!), this sugar-filled pantomime version of Hansel and Gretel is a Grimm (see what we did there?) reminder not to take sweets from strangers! quarrytheatre.org.uk

 

Cinderella, The Place, Bedford, 17 – 28 Dec

You shall go to the ball… but err, there’s been a typo, so instead of being held at The Palace it’s going ahead at The Place – not quite as glam but you are invited to dress to impress (no rags or Buttons allowed!). The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company are bringing their wit and wonder to this family favourite. theplacebedford.ticketsolve.com

Rapunzel – a tangled pantomime, Bedford Corn Exchange, 21 Dec – 1 Jan
Let your hair down (sorry!) at this one. It’s the 14th year of the award winning Bedford Pantomime Company bringing their festive frolics to the stage, and their latest adventure promises to be as lively and magical as ever. bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

Goldilocks and the Three Bears, London Palladium, Sat 7 Dec – Sun 12 Jan

This is like fantasy panto casting. I mean, seriously, does it get better than this? Paul O’Grady, Julian Clary, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot and  – well who cares about the rest, I’m sold.  lwtheatres.co.uk

Dick Whittington and his Cat, Hackney Empire, Sat 23 Nov – Sun 5 Jan 

The unashamed home of Panto has chosen Dick Whittington and his Cat for this year’s festive offering. Olivier award-winner and panto dame extraordinaire Clive Rowe stars in his 13th panto for the theatre alongside Hamilton’s Tarinn Callender in the leading role. hackneyempire.co.uk

 

Pinocchio on Ice, Alexandra Palace, Fri 13 – Mon 16 Dec

A panto but with a few triple salchows thrown in for good measure. This show features pro skaters, a mix of modern and traditional music, a performance from a West End star and lashings of festive spirit all performed on Ally Pally’s ice rink. alexandrapalace.com

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