A complete guide to Christmas pantomime in the East of England. This year, pantomime is back with great casts and hilarity at theatres across the region.
Car Park Panto
17 December – Chelmsford City Racecourse – 4.30pm and 7pm
18 December – IWM Duxford – 2pm and 5pm
19 December – London Stansted Airport – 2pm and 5pm
Enjoy the festive cheer of the panto from the comfort of your car. Car Park Panto in partnership with Birmingham Stage Company are bringing ‘Horrible Christmas’ to the region. A festive spin on children’s favourite, ‘Horrible Histories’, children (and adults) can cheer from their car, beeping their horn, for an interactive performance. Great value for money, the event is set to sell out fast!
Cinderella at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, 26 November – 16 January
The fairytale of Cinderella and Prince Charming is this year’s pantomime of choice. It’s a story of love and laughter. For extra fun check out the gala performance which includes fancy dress before the show, a goodie bag, ice cream, nibbles and drinks. Buy tickets here.
Beauty and the Beast at Chelmsford Civic Theatre, 26 November – 3 January
The Disney classic is bought to life on stage and given a pantomime twist. The story of love and transformation will include fantastic sets, dazzling costumes and plenty of singing. Find out more.
Aladdin at Cambridge Arts Theatre, 2 December – 9 January
Aladdin longs for riches, good fortune and his one true love while stuck working in Widow Twankey’s laundrette. But when the dastardly Abanazar lures him into the depths of a deep dark cave, Aladdin’s life is turned upside down! With the Genie by his side and the magic lamp in his pocket, Aladdin finds himself on the adventure of a lifetime. Tickets from £17. Book here.
Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs at The Alban Arena, 10 December – 3 January
Laugh, cheer and boo your way through the story of Snow White. The performance sees the return of theatre favourites and familiar faces including Chizzy Akudolu, who starred in Holby and EastEnders. The theatre promises this will be its biggest and funniest festive treat to date!
Dick Whittington and his Cat at Norwich Theatre Royal, 11 December – 9 January
The classic story of Dick Whittington comes to the stage in Norwich this Christmas. A rag to riches tale of a young man who leaves home with only his cat to find fame and fortune. Audiences can expect lively songs, music, dance and slapstick comedy.
Cinderella at The Marina Lowestoft, 14 December – 2 January
This classic traditional family pantomime tells the romantic and heart-warming tale of the beautiful Cinderella. Under the power of her wicked Stepsisters, Cinderella lives as a poor servant girl, pandering to their every need and only dreaming of their luxurious lifestyle. With help from her only friend Buttons and a fabulous Fairy Godmother, can she make it to the Royal Ball and find her Prince Charming? Enjoy breath-taking special effects, spectacular scenery, sparkling costumes, plenty of pantomime mayhem and oodles of comedy. The show stars Jaymi Hensley from popular boyband Union J. Book your ticket.
The Elves and the Shoemaker, 18-24 December
Taking place at the Hat Factory Arts Centre, Luton, this is a wonderfully festive story suitable for the whole family to enjoy. This classic tale is bought to life with magic, songs, puppetry and lovable characters. Suitable for children aged 4+. Tickets priced £12. Book here.
Rapunzel at Bedford Corn Exchange, 21 December – 1 January
A Christmas and New Year treat, the Bedford Pantomime Company return with festive traditional pantomime fun as they present the tale of Rapunzel and her luscious locks.