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The best pantomimes in the East of England in 2018 

There’s nothing as uniquely British as a trip to the panto at Christmas. Why not enjoy some light-hearted festive escapism with a trip to one of the region’s many fine pantomimes taking place this year? We’ve rounded up some of the best to make choosing even easier.

Steven Roberts as Aladdin at Norwich Theatre Royal

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 7-31 December  

With Charlie Brooks from EastEnders in the starring role and some familiar faces in the form of Joseph Elliott and Richard David-Caine from CBeebies and Brian Wheeler from Star Wars, there’ll be plenty of famous faces to spot in this classic panto tale. Visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk for more information.

Robin Hood at Milton Keynes Theatre, 8 December – 3 January 

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TV star Shane Richie will be heading to Milton Keynes this Christmas with the arrival of the legendary outlaw Robin Hood for pantomime season. He will appear alongside comedian Peter Piper, West End star Gina Murray and The Acromaniacs, an acrobatics troupe who will play the Merry Men. Shane as Robin will be out to win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marion while he and his Merry Men will outwit the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. The pantomime is packed full of action, adventure, music, laughter and audience participation for all the family.

Tickets for the show can be booked by calling the box office on 0844 871 7652 or by visiting www.atgtickets.co.uk/miltonkeynes

Shane Richie as Robin Hood at Milton Keynes Theatre

Aladdin, Bedford Corn Exchange,  22 December – 1 January

Thanks to the not-for-profit Bedford Pantomime Company, there’ll be a live band along with plenty of mayhem and magic for the whole family at this pantomime. For more information visit www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

Peter Pan, Vivacity Theatre, Peterborough, 6 December – 6 January 

Follow the story of the boy who never grew up with an original script filled with magic for the whole family. There’s plenty of opportunities to enjoy this fabulous show for the whole family. Visit www.vivacity.org/panto to find out more.

Peter Pan comes to Peterborough

Peter Pan at Princes Theatre Clacton, 8 December -1 January

Featuring plenty of fun, frolics and festive cheer. There’ll be some stunning special effects, flying and of course, a good sprinkle of fairy dust. Visit www.princestheatre.co.uk to find out more.

Cinderella at Chelmsford Civic Theatre, 30 November – 6 January

The classic tale will feature fantastic Ugly Sisters as well as a special appearance from Shetland ponies pulling Cinderella’s carriage. There’ll be plenty of laughs, live music and dance routines in addition to the wonderful cast.  For more information visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres

Cinderella at Chelmsford Civic Theatre

Aladdin at The Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City, 15 December –  6 January

There’ll be silliness galore, plenty of local jokes and oodles of fun in this performance which will also see the return of local dame, Michael Totton. For more information visit www.cwentertainment.co.uk/shows/pantomime

Jack and the Beanstalk at Wyllots Theatre in Potter’s Bar, 15 December –  6 January

There’ll be spectacular music, stunning sets, sensational costumes and of course, plenty of laughs at this year’s panto. Visit https://www.tickets.wyllyottstheatre.co.uk/en-GB/shows/jack%20and%20the%20beanstalk/events for more information and to book tickets.

Sleeping Beauty at Alive’s Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 7-31 December

Sure to be packed full of plenty of fun, frolics and fabulousness, the panto will also be featuring local children. https://www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/childrens/sleeping-beauty/

 Aladdin, Norwich Theatre Royal, 12 December – 13 January

The theatre will be hosting the much-loved pantomime this year starring Rik Makarem, who played Nikhil in Emmerdale. The panto will also star Hollyoaks favourite Steven Roberts and Milkshake star, Kiera-Nicole Brennan, who plays the genie. Local star Richard Gauntlett will also be back, wearing some outrageous outfits as Widow Twankey. He has also written and directed the whole event. For more information visit www.ntr.org.uk/Aladdin

We’ve teamed up with Norwich Theatre Royal to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a family ticket to this dazzling pantomime. Follow us on Twitter @eastmagazines or click here for more details: https://www.eastlife.co.uk/article/win-a-family-ticket-to-aladdin-at-norwich-theatre-royal/ 

Sleeping Beauty at Beccles Theatre

Sleeping Beauty, Beccles Theatre, 21 – 31 December

Enjoy slapstick comedy, popular songs and a huge sprinkling of fairy dust, with the return of the much-loved Dame Victoria Sponge. More information can be found at www.becclespublichall.com

Cinderella, Pleasurewood Hills in Corton, Lowestoft, 12 to 27 December

Pleasurewood Hills will host its first ever pantomime this Christmas! The show will feature fantastic special effects, comedy routines and of course, plenty of family fun. Visit www.pleasurewoodhills.com for more information.

Sleeping Beauty, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, 30 November- 13 January

The kingdom will bring magic and mayhem in this classic family friendly pantomime full of goodness, love and laughter. Peak dates are selling quickly so hurry to book your ticket! www.theatreroyal.org/shows/sleeping-beauty

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