The best pantomimes in 2017

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It’s that time of year. Oh yes it is…

Written by Shelley Beth

It’s almost time for Panto season! So gather your friends and family, practice your boo-ing and indulge in this thoroughly British tradition

Snow White at Civic Theatre

Pantomimes in Norfolk

Norwich Theatre Royal  | Sleeping Beauty, 13 December – 14 January

Gillian Wright, Richard Gauntlett and Ben Langley head up the cast for this much-loved fairytale. Expect extravagant costumes, heaps of fun and laughs and boo’s a-plenty! There are audio described, signed, captioned and relaxed performances too.


Tickets sell out fast, but we’ve teamed up with Norwich Theatre Royal to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a family ticket  (for two adults and two children) for Sleeping Beauty on Friday 15 December at 7.30pm. To win simply follow us on Twitter and Retweet our pantomime tweet – it’s that easy!

Sheringham Little Theatre | Wizard of Oz, 9 December – 1 January

She’s not in Kansas anymore Toto, she’s in Sheringham! Head down the yellow brick road with Dorothy and Co. this Christmas. Red sparkly shoes are optional of course.

King Lynn Corn Exchange | Jack and the Beanstalk, 8 – 31 December

Head up the beanstalk with Ian Reddington and KLFM’s own ‘Posh Charles’. Audiences will join Jack and his friends on the adventure of a lifetime to battle the evil giant. There are relaxed and signed performances too.

Pantomimes in Essex

Mercury Theatre Colchester | Snow White and Seven Dwarves, 25 November – 14 January

Mirror Mirror on the wall who is the fairest of them all? A west end packed cast and seven puppets will be answering just that! You can head backstage for a tour on 9 December, there are relaxed, signed, audio described performances, touch tours and an adults only performance too.  

Princes Theatre Clacton | Beauty and the Beast, 13 December – 1 January

Be their guest and sing your heart out to the modern soundtrack of this classic fairytale. TOWIE’s Dan Osbourne heads up the cast along with a special guest – Clacton’s panto pooch! There will be a relaxed performance with signing as well.

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-sea | 16 December – 7 January, Jack and the Bean Stalk

Spectacular 3D sequences will transport audiences from Southend to the magic kingdom. This star studded panto cast features Lee Mead, Stacey Solomon, Bobby Davro and Robin Askwith. There are signed and relaxed performances too.

Palace Theatre, Southend-on-sea | Sinbad the Seaman – The Adult Panto, 5-6 January

The Market Theatre company are back with this adult only panto that tells the story of a sailor and his adventures across the seven seas to defeat the one-eyed monster. It’s packed full of raunchy plots, sexual innuendoes and fascicle fun.

Civic Theatre, Chelmsford | Snow White, 29 November – 7 January

This classic fairy-tale will enthral audiences as they ‘boo’, ‘hiss’ and scream ‘he’s behind you’ for another spellbinding feast of festive fun brought to you by the Civic Theatre, One From The Heart and M&G Investments. There will be a range of performance times in the morning, afternoon and early evening, plus special relaxed performance on 4 January at 2pm


Pantomimes in Cambridgeshire

Cambridge Arts Theatre | Jack and The Beanstalk, 30 November – 7 January

Jack, Daisy and the rest of the Trott’s are taking you on the adventure of a lifetime! This star studded cast includes Tony Christie, Liza Goddard and Stephen Beckett to name a few. There are BSL interpreted, relaxed and audio described performances too.

Cambridge Junction | Rapunzel, 5 – 31 December

Expect danger, delight and one angry witch in a fresh take on this Brother Grimm classic. Head on a journey with Rapunzel as she experiences love and the great outdoors for the first time. There are relaxed and BSL interpreted performances too.

Broadway Peterborough | Aladdin, 15 – 31 December

Head to Peking by way of Peterborough! Prepare to be wowed by live musicians, impressive costumes and a dazzling set. On 14 December Broadway Theatre are teaming up with Shine for a charitable preview performance.

Robin Hood in Beccles

Pantos in Bedfordshire

Grove Theatre, Dunstable  | Sleeping Beauty, 8 December – 2 January

John Partridge, Sally Lindsay and Rebecca Keatley bring this classic tale to life with a lavish set, special effect and heaps of audience participation! There will be an audio described and captioned performance too.

The best pantos in Hertfordshire

Alban Arena St Albans | Aladdin, 7 December – 7 January

Hop on a magical carpet to the far east with Karl Howman, Phil Gallagher, Bob Golding and a whole host of west end stars. Expect an all-singing, all-dancing performance complete with extravagant costumes.

Wyllotts Theatre, Potters Bar | Cinderella, 13 – 31 December 

You shall go to the ball this Christmas! But will Cinders make it too? This classic panto has a live musical soundtrack and stunning costumes.

Campus West Welwyn Garden City | Beauty and the Beast, 9 – 31 December

This enchanting fairytale is set to warm audience’s hearts and lift their spirits. Head on a journey of laughter, mayhem and mystery to discover if love will conquer all! There are two adults-only performances on 28 and 29 December.

Sleeping Beauty at Norwich Theatre Royal


Pantomimes in Suffolk

Marina Theatre Lowestoft | Aladdin, 13 December – 1 January

Ann Widdwcombe, Mark Read and Terry Gleed are hopping on the magic carpet for an adventure to the far east. Expect oodles of silliness, plenty of laughs and surprises along the way.

Beccles Public Hall  | Robin Hood, 22 December – 1 January

Embark on a swashbuckling adventure through Sherwood Forest with Rebecca Jennings, Thom Bailey and Daniel Hanton. Expect slapstick comedy and plenty of audience participation!

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds | Dick Whittington, 1 December —14 January

Brave Dick Whittington is leaving Suffolk to make his fortune in London and he’s taking you along for the ride! This traditional family panto promises magic, music, fun and laughter. There’s a special Gala performance, a BSL signed performance and a relaxed performance too.

Ipswich Regent | Jack and The Beanstalk, 16 December – 2 January

Britain’s Got Talent’s George Sampson plays Jack in this adaptation of the children’s classic. Head to the castle in the clouds with Roxanne Pallet, Connor Byrne, Andrew Flemming and the rest of the star studded cast. Fe Fi Fo Fum it’ll be singing, dancing and laughter for everyone!

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