There's some great Pantomimes in Cambridgeshire this year….
Cinderella 9 December – 8 January Led by comedian Michael Barrymore (above) as Baron Hardup, this timeless classic will be brought to life by a fantastic all-star cast, fabulous sets and breathtaking costumes alongside incredible musical numbers. There promises to be hilarious comedy and, of course, plenty of family participation! Will the beautiful Cinderella meet her dashing Prince Charming? Or will the sinister ugly stepsisters thwart her path to the ball? With the knock-about laughter from the wonderfully cheery Buttons this will be the perfect way to spend your family Christmas. Broadway Theatre, Peterborough, 0844 8500850 www.thebroadwaytheatre.co.uk
Cinderella 8 December – 15 January Buttons is in love, the ugly Sisters are fighting over a husband and Cinderella is dreaming of a better life. But handsome Princes only exist in fairy tales…don’t they? With a wave of a magic wand, the rags to riches heroine is set to arrive in the most popular and enchanting pantomime of them all. The cast is led by soul legend Sheila Ferguson, former lead singer of The Three Degrees, as the Fairy Godmother. She is joined by West End sensation Katie Rowley-Jones (Wicked, Sister Act) in the title role, Arts Theatre favourite Matt Crosby as Buttons and two new Ugly Sisters for 2011, Adam Price and Andy Spiegel. A full supporting cast of actors, dancers and local school children complete the line-up. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 www.cambridgeartstheatre.com
Aladdin 8 December – 8 January Traditional family panto featuring local talent alongside a cast of highly skilled professionals. Magic, adventure and excitement are always a major part of panto at the Key – together with an abundance of slapstick, humour, music and spectacle and this story has it all. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 www.peterboroughkeytheatre.co.uk
Cinderella 13 – 30 December Presented by Premier Pantomimes, the show promises to be a great Christmas treat for all the family. With a wave of the Fairy Godmother’s wand, join Cinderella in a fairytale fantasy jam-packed with music and dance, fun and laughter, some seriously ugly sisters, a handsome prince and a sprinkling of magic! The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705 www.cresset.co.uk
Dick Whittington 14 – 31 December Traditional family pantomime presented by RATz. Angles Theatre, Wisbech, 01945 474447 Angles Theatre
Jack & The Beanstalk 20 – 22 December Packed solid with comedy, excitement and adventure, the children will love to cheer their hero Jack and boo the evil Mayor Botchett. They will roar with laughter at the antics of Barmy Bosworth and Dimples the cow, as they try to get the better of the comic dame, Mrs Lumpkin. All this brought to life by a cast of top performers from the world of pantomime. Mumford Theatre at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 0845 196 www.anglia.ac.uk
DID YOU KNOW? The origins of Jack and the Beanstalk are possibly German, where many folk tales of slaying giants are to be found. In British folklore there are tales of ‘Jack the Giant Killer’, a Cornishman who is said to have rid Wales of all giants. The first play on the subject was produced by David Garrick in 1773 at Drury Lane, taking its theme from an early eighteenth century folktale. The first Panto version of Jack and the Beanstalk was in 1819, which also marked the appearance of the first ever female ‘Principal Boy’, Eliza Povey, in the role of Jack.