There’s nothing like a dame, as the song goes. And we all love a Pantomime Dame. And a Prince Charming, a villain to boo and a smattering of innuendo for the parents.
Yes, it’s panto season and here are a few worth taking the family along to.
In Nottingham, Birds Of A Feather star Lesley Joseph and EastEnders’ Sam Attwater take to the stage in Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs at the Theatre Royal. The show runs until January 11. For details, visit www.trch.co.uk/snowwhite.
Still in Nottingham, the Playhouse has the magical tale of Sleeping Beauty, starring Playhouse favourite John Elkington as Nurse Tilly Trott and Rebecca Little as Queen Gertrude. The panto runs until January 17. For details, visit www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.
Sleeping Beauty appears again at Loughborough Town Hall, given a bit of a twist by the same team who put on the hit Jack And The Beanstalk last season. The show runs until January 4. For details, visit www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk.
CBeebies presenter Alex Winters stars in Cinderella at De Montfort Hall in Leicester as Buttons, with Goodness Gracious Me star Kulvinder Ghir as Baron Hardup. It runs until January 4. For details, visit www.demontforthall.co.uk.
Cinderella also appears over in the West Midlands, starring Julian Clary and Hollyoaks’ Joe Tracini at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton. The show starts today and runs until January 18. For more details, visit www.grandtheatre.co.uk.
The classic fairytale seems to be a popular one this year, as Cinderella The Rock N Roll Panto is on at Stafford’s Gatehouse Theatre, giving the Brothers Grimm tale a bit of a twist with classic hits from Otis Redding, The Temptations, The Jackson 5. There are even a couple of adults-only performances, where the innuendo will no doubt be less subtle. The panto starts tonight and runs until January 10. For details, visit www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk.
At Cannock’s Prince Of Wales Theatre, CBBC star Shorelle Hepkin takes on her first Panto role as the Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, starring alongside Hollyoaks’ Darren John Longford and Keith De Winter. The musical panto runs until next Tuesday. For details, visit www.wlct.org.
At Mansfield Palace Theatre, Vicky Entwistle, who played gobby Janice Battersby in Corrie, stars as the wicked Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty. The panto also stars Milkshake presenter Amy Thompson and Hollyoaks’ Sarah Jane Buckley. It runs until January 4. For details, visit www.mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre.
There will be no pantomime at Derby’s Assembly Rooms this year due to the fire at the venue in March, but it has been announced that it will return next Christmas at the city’s new Arena.
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Picture of Cinderella at De Montfort Hall by Pamela Reith