Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to the theatre – yes, that’s right, it’s panto season again.
So get ready to cheer on your heroes and heroines, boo the villains and laugh out loud at all the slapstick jokes and mayhem.
Whatever your favourite story, there are plenty of great shows to entertain the whole family this Christmas and we’ve rounded up some of the best for you right here:
• Spalding: Polka Dot Pantomimes present Beauty and the Beast at the South Holland Centre, promising lots of audience participation, modern songs and plenty of laughter to ensure everyone leaves with a smile on their face.
The show runs from December 10 to December 31. Tickets are £14.50 (£13.50 for concessions). Book via the South Holland Centre or online at www.southhollandcentre.co.uk
• Spalding: Springfields Events and Conference Centre – Aladdin will be taking to the stage at the venue from December 20 until December 28, courtesy of Hammond Feel the Magic – incorporating Baytree Theatre Productions. Tickets for the show are priced from £6. For more information about the show visit www.springfieldsfamilypantomime.co.uk
• King’s Lynn: Corn Exchange – The classic tale of Cinderella stars former Eastenders’ actor Matt Lapinskas (Anthony Moon) as Prince Charming and CBeebies favourite Steven Kynman (Robert the Robot) as one of the Ugly Sisters.
Left at home by the ugliest of sisters, Cinders can’t go to the ball. However, with help from her magical Fairy Godmother and brilliant buffoonery from Buttons, the most exciting night of her life is about to begin. The show runs from December 9 to 31. Tickets are £20 (£19 for concessions). Visit www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk for more information.
• Peterborough: Key Theatre presents the all-singing, all-dancing tale of Dick Whittington – the poor boy who finds fame and fortune with his feline friend. There’s plenty of adventure and excitement promised and this year’s run has been extended to 70 performances. The show runs from today (Thursday, December 1 )to January 8, with tickets ranging from £10 to £18.50. To find out more and book visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com/venues/key-theatre
• Peterborough – The Cresset: Peter Pan, the classic tale of the boy who refused to grow up will be given the Cresset panto treatment as it presents a swashbuckling spectacular for all the family.
Join Peter and Wendy as they travel to Neverland and do battle with the dastardly Captain Hook and the pirates.
The show is on from December 10 to 30, with tickets priced £15 (adults), £11.50 (children and seniors). Visit www.cresset.co.uk to book.
• Stamford – Corn Exchange – hosts two pantomimes this festive season. Tomorrow’s Dream Performers, featuring local performers, will tell the story of Cinderella with three shows on Saturday, December 3. Tickets are adults £8.50, concessions £8 and children £7.50.
Stamford: The Stamford Pantomime Players present Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, also at the Corn Exchange, from December 27 to January 1. Tickets are £9.50 adults, £9 concessions and £8 children. Visit www.stamfordcornexchange.co.uk/ to find out more.
• Stamford: Arts Theatre – Polka Dot Pantomimes return with a witty, sparkly and truly fabulous re-telling of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs.
Tickets for the show on January 6 and 7 are £13 / £12 and are available from www.stamfordartscentre.com
• Grantham: Guildhall Arts Centre – Polka Dot Pantomimes bring Snow White to Grantham from December 10 to January 3. Visit www.guildhallartscentre.com for more.
• Boston: Blackfriars Theatre – The stories of Robin Hood and The Babes in the Wood have been entwined to make for one great show. When the evil Sheriff of Nottingham kidnaps the babes it’s time for Robin Hood to come to the rescue.
The show runs from December 9 to January 3, with tickets available from www.blackfriarsartscentre.co.uk) priced £13.50 (adults), £11.50 (concessions) and £46 (family).
• Bourne: Corn Exchange – is also retelling the classic tale of Dick Whittington, which promises to delight kids and adults alike. The show is on from December 8 to 10 with tickets £11 for adults, £10 for concessions and £6 for children. www.southkesteven.gov.uk for more information.
• Wisbech: Angles Theatre – is hosting the traditional comic pantomime Aladdin. Abanaza the wicked magician needs Aladdin the laundry boy to help him recover a magic lamp, but he only has eyes for the beautiful princess. The show is on from December 9 to 31, with tickets starting from £10. Book at www.anglestheatre.co.uk
• Please check dates, times and prices with each venue.