Ten Festive Theatre Highlights!

16 November 2018 |

Panto season has arrived and we've got ten northern Christmas productions that are certain to get you in the festive mood.

Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the theatre. Festive productions ignite the magic of the season and herald the arrival of Rudolph and his reindeer friends. It’s the perfect way to bring the family together and so we’ve rounded up ten Christmas productions that are bursting with joy, adventure and many opportunities to shout ‘he’s behind you!’.

Grab your bow and arrow and head to Stoke-on-Trent’s Regent Theatre to join Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men. The production promises lots of laughter and audience participation, so be prepared to join in! The show runs from 14 December until 6 January.

Will Jack defeat the giant at Liverpool Empire this Christmas? Jack & The Beanstalk arrives on 14 December and runs straight through to 6 January. Strictly come Dancing’s Head Judge, Shirley Ballas, joins the cast as Mother Nature, so we’re certain the choreography will be something brilliant to behold!

Round up your little munchkins and follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City! Storyhouse will be telling the story of Dorothy, Toto, the cowardly lion and the tin-man in Wizard of Oz from 7 December to 6 January. Tap your ruby slippers together and help Dorothy find her way home.

Climb aboard the magic carpet at The Dancehouse and fly with Aladdin from 14 - 31 December. With a genie, a princess and plenty of glitter, this production is filled with all the magic and adventure of a traditional Christmas pantomime.

Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre will be transforming into Neverland this December. Peter Pan will be joined by Wendy, John and Michael as they battle Captain Hook and those pesky pirates. This childhood favourite reinforces the power of stories and imagination and can be enjoyed from 7 December until 6 January.

The wonder of the festive season brings two little elves to York to help two elderly shoemakers smile once again. The Elves & The Shoemakers will be performed at York Theatre Royal between 11 December and 5 January. Puppetry, live music and a talented cast ensure this production will sparkle across the city.

An evil curse sends Sleeping Beauty into an endless sleep and she can only be awoken by the kiss of her one true love. Head to Stockport Plaza from 30 November to 6 January to see what fate awaits the princess. Get ready to boo and hiss at that horrid witch!

Blackpool Grand Theatre retell the well-loved classic of Beauty & the Beast this year. Waltz the halls of the cursed castle with Belle and the Beast and see their story unfold amongst the enchanted pots and pans. You can enjoy the enchanted production from 7 December until 6 January.

Cinderella has lost her glass slipper in Manchester’s Opera House and you can help Prince Charming (also known as Gareth Gates) reunite her with her shoe from 8 - 30 December. This rags to riches tale will involve inventive scenery, elaborate costumes and lots and lots of giggles.

Dick Whittington takes to the stage at Buxton Opera House on his way to find fame and fortune in London. All’s going to plan until King Rat pops up and gets ready to ruin his fun. Find out whether this revolting rodent can be defeated between 8 and 30 December.

Whether you’re 9 or 90, there’s something to be enjoyed on our list of seasonal theatre treats. Many of the productions also have relaxed performances, so there’s opportunity for the whole family to make magical Christmas memories. If you do end up seeing any of the above, let us know over on our Facebook and twitter pages.

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