The best pantomimes 2016
7th November 2016
Pantomime season is here, oh yes it is!
Pantomime season is almost upon us and East Anglia has a host of feel good pantos to get you in the Christmas spirit. Here’s our pick of the ones to watch (oh no it isn’t…oh yes it is!)
Cinderella at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, 9 -31 December
Prepare to be dazzled by the magical Fairy Godmother who ensures Cinderella will go to the ball with plenty of laugh out loud moments along the way from the star studded cast.
Prince Charming will be played by Matt Lapinskas best known for his role as Anthony Moon in EastEnders with Steven Kynman who is the voice of Fireman Sam and in Cbeebie’s Justin’s House playing the ugly sister Floribunda Hardup.
Tickets from £13-£20
Tel: 01553 764864 | www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk
Jack and the Beanstalk at the Norwich Theatre Royal, 13 December 2016 – 15 January 2017
This traditional Jack and the Beanstalk family pantomime sees Jack tricked into selling the family cow in exchange for a handful of magical beans which soon turn into a giant beanstalk!
Dancer, choreographer and ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ campmate Wayne Sleep stars as the villain Phineas P Stinkworthy. He is joined by David Burilin who played Prince Frederick in last year’s production of Snow White and this year takes on the leading role of Jack alongside West End performer Mira Ormala as Jill.
Tickets from £7-£23.50, under 3s free
Tel: 01603 630000 | www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
Pantomimes in Suffolk
The Beast is on a quest to find true love before the last petal falls from the magical rose to break his curse and transform him back into the prince he once was.
Set in Beastly St Edmunds this magical fairytale of Beauty and the Beast is written by Chris Hannon whose previous credits include CBeebie’s Topsy and Tim.
Tickets from £8.50- £26.50
Tel; 01284 769505 | www.theatreroyal.org
Sinbad at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, 24 November 2016 – 28 January 2017
This new rock and roll pantomime follows the story of Sinbad as he heads off on a dangerous voyage to save Princess Pearl from the evil sorcerer Sinistro.
With fantastic music featuring well known hits such as The Boys Are Back in Town, The Power of Love, I Want to Break Free, Smoke on the Water and Living on a Prayer prepare to set sail on a fun packed voyage for all the family.
Tickets from £10
Tel: 01473 295900 | www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
Beauty and the Beast at the Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 13 December – 1 January
Once again the Marina Theatre has teamed up with award-winning panto producer Paul Holman Associates to bring their special brand of festive magic to Lowestoft.
This year it brings you the timeless love story ‘Beauty and the Beast’, the story of a French girl whose selfless love for the Beast transforms him back into a handsome suitor.
With a star cast including Jeremy Edwards [Hollyoaks and Holby City] as the story’s lothario Gaston, and the return of Lowestoft’s panto favourite Terry Gleed as the loveable and funny French Freddy this year’s production promises to be a spine-tingling, foot-tapping, hand-clapping Christmas cracker of a show.
Tickets starting from £7
Tel: 01502 533200 | www.marinatheatre.co.uk
The best pantomimes in Essex
Enjoy the spectacular effects and slapstick comedy as Dick Whittington heads to London to make his dreams come true. That is until the evil Ratty King plots to have him thrown out of town to stop Dick getting in his way to seize power.
Along with Dick’s trusty cat follow him on his journey to Morocco as he bids to save the day in this family pantomime that features last year’s panto stars Dale Superville, Ignatius Anthony and Antony Stuart Hicks.
Tickets from £10- £26.50
Tel: 01206 573948 | www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Jack and the Beanstalk at the Civic Theatre, Friday 2 December 2016 – Monday 2 January 2017
Jack and the Beanstalk, the GIANT of a family pantomime, roars into Chelmsford’s Civic Theatre in association with One From
The public will be able to meet the courageous Jack, his mother Dame Trott and brother Silly Billy as they discover a handful of magic beans and a larger than life beanstalk that is inhabited by a very mean giant. Audiences can cheer on Fairy Nuff as she helps Jack to take on the Giant and his evil assistant Flesh Creep! Fee, Fie, Foe, Fum, you won’t want to miss out on all this fun! The people of the East won’t want to miss this timeless classic pantomime with more outstanding sing-along songs, glitzy costumes, hilarious jokes and amazing dance routines. Tickets are already 75% sold out so book now to avoid disappointment!
Tickets: £22 (Sun 2 Dec and Sun 4 Dec at 6pm – All seats £16)
Tel: 01245 606505 | www.chelmsford.gov.uk/jack
Sleeping Beauty at the Princes Theatre in Clacton, 10 December 2016 -1 January 2017
Sleeping Beauty is the tale of a princess who is cursed so that one day she will prick her finger and fall asleep for a hundred years unless she is awakened by a kiss from a handsome prince.
The cast includes the Xfactor’s Stevie Ritchie who plays the role of the comical Jester in this dazzling production featuring magical moments, amazing scenery and spectacular costumes.
Tickets from £15.30-£16.30
Tel: 01255 686633 | www.essex-live.co.uk
Pantomimes in Cambridgeshire
With over 30,000 adults and children attending last year’s pantomime this year’s Dick Whittington is sure to be a huge success!
Join Dick Whittington on his journey to London in search of love, fame, and streets paved with gold.
Back by popular demand is Matt Crosby who makes his eleventh pantomime appearance at the Cambridge Arts Theatre in the role of the pantomime dame Sarah the Cook.
Tel: 01223 503333 | www.cambridgeartstheatre.com
Peter Pan at The Cresset in Peterborough, 10th December 2016 to 30th December 2016
The Cresset is preparing for Peter Pan to be its biggest pantomime yet following on from last year’s record breaking production of The Wizard of Oz.
Travel to Neverland as Peter Pan prepares to battle Captain Hook featuring stunning flying sequences, a sprinkle of fairy dust and plenty of audience participation.
J.M Barrie who is the original author of Peter Pan gifted the rights to Great Ormond Street which means for every ticket sold a percentage will go to this amazing children’s charity.
Tickets from £11.50
Tel: 01733 265705 | www.cresset.co.uk
Peter Pan is already the Gordon Craig Theatre’s fasted selling pantomime to date, featuring live music, laughter and perfect entertainment for all the family.
Prepare to be amazed by the dance moves from Britain’s Got Talents Twist and Pulse who not only star as pirates Swash and Buckle but also choreograph the show. Tom Lister who played Carl King in Emmerdale takes on the role of Captain Hook and Paul Laidlaw is back for his thirtieth year, taking on the role of Mrs Smee.
Tickets from £16
Tel: 01438 363200 | www.gordon-craig.co.uk
Aladdin at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable, 8 December 2016 – 2 January 2017
Be transformed to a whole new world in this year’s spectacular production of Aladdin. Set in Peking, China join the classic characters of Aladdin, Abanazar, Princess Jasmine and the Genie of the Lamp in Aladdin’s quest to build a bigger and better life for himself.
The cast includes Brian Capron who played the evil Richard Hillman in Coronation Street as Abanazar, CBBC Presenter Ed Petrie as Wishee Washee and Britain’s Got Talent opera singers Kieran and Sarah as Widow Twankey and the Genie of the Lamp.
Tickets from £12.50 www.grovetheatre.co.uk
Written by Tracey Dean – read her blog at https://traceydean.co.uk