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The Muddy Panto Guide 2018!

It’s what you’ve all been waiting for. Oh no it isn’t! Oh yes it is! Oh no…. OK, enough! Here are the perkiest pantos in the city, Leicestershire, Rutland and beyond.

Beauty and the Beast, Oakham Castle, Rutland, Sat 1 Dec

This one-day performance of Beauty and the Beast will no doubt pull out all the stops. Produced by Lamphouse there Company, the show will packed with live music, comedy and energy. Book tickets now by ringing 01572 757578 or visit the castle directly.

Oakham Castle, Castle Grounds, Market Pl, Oakham LE15 6DR

Aladdin, Melton Theatre, 12 Dec – 13 Dec

The Brooksby Melton College bring you Aladdin! Follow the adventures of the street rat Aladdin, laugh at his adventures with his mum, Window Twanky and his crazy brother Wishee Washee. Meet the royal family of Peking with the beautiful princess Jasmin, the Emperor and Empress, Laugh at the royal policemen Ping & Pong as they try to catch Aladdin. Boo and hiss at the evil Abanazer as he tries to get his evil paws on the magic lamp and the Genie! Aided by the lovely slave of the ring!

Melton Theatre, Asfordby Road Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0HJ

Beauty and the Beast, Y Theatre, Leicester, Fri 14 Dec

Inspired by the original tale, this production tells the story of Belle, a beautiful young woman who feels out of place in her provincial French village. When her father is imprisoned in a mysterious castle, Belle’s attempt to rescue him leads to her capture by the Beast, a grisly and fearsome monster curses by a witch. . Little does she knowthat he is a Prince cursed by a magical Enchantress. The only way the Beast may become human again is if he learns to love and be loved in return.

The Y Theatre, 7 East St, City Centre, Leicester LE1 6EY

Cinderella, Y Theatre, Leicester, Sat 22 Dec

Follows the traditional rags-to-riches story with one or two surprise elements thrown in. You know how the story goes…poor Cinderella is bullied by her big bossy sister but her friend in Buttons is always there to cheer her up with this weird and wacky inventions. Enjoy this production from Caboodle Arts and all the laughs that come with it.

The Y Theatre, 7 East St, City Centre, Leicester LE1 6EY

Sleeping Beauty, Hinckley Concordia, Sun 9 Dec

This spectacular production, set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious music with stunning classical choreography, reawakens the magic of the world’s favourite fairy tale.

Concordia Theatre, Hinckley, Stockwell Head, Hinckley LE10 1RE

Beauty and the Beast, Hinckley Concordia, Fri 11 Jan  – Sat 2 Feb 2019

Beauty and the Beast comes to Hinckley this new year! Enjoy a  fantastic mix of exciting song and dance, stunning costumes and scenery together with fast moving comedy.

Concordia Theatre, Hinckley, Stockwell Head, Hinckley LE10 1RE

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Peepul Enterprise, Leicester Mon 10 Dec – Weds 29 Dec

Enjoy a fun filled show, full of audience participation, dazzling dance routines and foot tapping songs in this brilliant fairytale bought to life this year.

Peepul Centre, Orchardson Ave, Leicester LE4 6DP

Nottingham Playhouse, Robin Hoods and the Babes in the Wood, Fri 30 Nov – Sat 19 Jan

The ultimate pantomime villain, the Sheriff hatches a wicked plan to get rid of his niece and nephew, the Babes in the Wood, and claim their fortune. It’s down to Robin Hood to save the day and stop the Sheriff with a little help from his Merry Men and Maid Marian. Expect plenty of songs, dance, laughter and colourful costumes in this traditional family-friendly panto.

Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus Nottingham, NG1 5AF

Beauty and the Beast Loughborough Town Hall, Sat 24 Nov – Sun 6 Jan

Belle is ready to start a new chapter and find some adventure. However her friend Idle Jacques and his mum, Betty the local bell ringer get more than they bargained for when they find themselves trapped inside the enchanted castle of a mysterious beast. Will true love conquer all? Expect shimmering sets, outrageous costumes, magic, mayhem and monstrous fun for this brand new furry-tail adventure.

Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3EB

Peter Pan, De Montfort Hall, Sat 15 Dec – Sun 6 Jan 2019

Fly away on a magical adventure with Peter Pan as he introduces us to his magical world and introducing us to his friend Tinkerbell, the wild Lost Boys, and of course the terrifying Captain Hook. This year, Imagine Theatre  bring a proper, traditional pantomime full of song, dance, slapstick, laughs and of course… a ticking crocodile. Starring former Coronation Street star Kevin Kennedy, CBeebies’ Cat Sandion, X Factor winner Sam Bailey, Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Kev Orkian and BBC Radio Leicester’s, Martin Ballard.

De Montfort Hall, Granville Rd, Leicester LE1 7RU. Box Office: 0116 233 3111.

Cinderella, Century Theatre, Thur 6 Dec – Sun 9 Dec

Bullied by her two Ugly Sisters, Cinderella’s future looks bleak until her Fairy Godmother casts a spell and sends her to the ball. How will the Prince ever find her when she flees at midnight, leaving behind a single glass slipper? Roll up in your pumpkins and enjoy this magical fairytale.

Century Theatre, Snibston, Ashby Rd, Coalville LE67 3LN. Ticket office: 01530 278444

Sleeping Beauty, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Weds 21 Nov – Sat 5 Jan 2019

This wonderful tale features a dragon, a dame and a dozing Princess! When Princess Belle pricks her finger on an enchanted spinning wheel she’s cursed to fall asleep for 100 years, unless she’s kissed by her true love. Enter the dashing Prince Valiant, along with Nanny Fanny McWheeze and Muddles, who embark on an adventure to save the Princess…BUT with the wicked Fairy Carabosse determined to ruin their plans, will they be triumphant or is the Princess doomed to snooze?

Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square, Corporation St, Coventry CV1 1GS

Melton Theatre, Dick Whittington, 1 Dec – 8 Dec

Catch the family fave and follow Dick Whittington and his cat on his journey to London to seek his fortune.

Melton Theatre, Asfordby Road Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0HJ

Mother Goose, Little Theatre, Leicester,  14 Dec – 6 Jan 2019

Enjoy this egg-straordinary tale of one woman’s search for true happiness. Join Mother Goose and her family as they travel to ‘Goose-quill above the Clouds,’ an enchanted land of snow and ice, a place where true happiness can be found and all the ‘best-laid’ egg plans are sure to end ‘sunny-side up’. Expect laughs aplenty with the return of John Bale as Mother Goose. We can’t wait!

Little Theatre, Dover Street, Leicester, LE1 6PW

Peter Pan, Birmingham Hippodrome, Wed 19 Dec – Sun 27 Jan 2019

Set sail to Neverland with the swashbuckling Pantomime adventure we all know and love, Peter Pan. This year the line is led by singing sensation Jimmy Osmond, comedy-actress and TV star Meera Syal, Hippodrome favourite Matt Slack, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley, Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Sascha Williams and amazing acrobatic-troupe The Timbuktu Tumblers. With amazing flying effects, barrels of laughter, magic and fairy dust, book your seats now.

Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham, B5 4TB

Treasure Island, Haymarket Theatre, Leicester Thurs 13th Dec – Sun 6 Jan

Penned by national treasure and established author Sandi Toksvig (The Great British Bake Off) you can expect  her serious sharp wit in this production. On the hunt for treasure, Jim Hawkins encounters deadly storms and even deadlier pirates, led by the infamous Long John Silver. There will be daring sword fights, piratical parrots and acrobatic puppets, this new adaptation is wonderfully imaginative and will leave you spellbound.

Haymarket Theatre, 1 Garrick Walk, Leicester LE1 3AF

Christmas shows

White Christmas, Curve, Leicester, Thur 6 Dec – Sun 13 Jan 2019

Based on the Paramount Pictures film of the same name starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, White Christmas tells the story of Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis and their successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route for their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former Army commander.

Curve, Rutland Street, LE1

The Enormous Present, Curve, Leicester, Sat 8 Dec,

A mysterious present has appeared in the school playground. Who can it possibly be for? Jack, Dot or Polly? What could be waiting inside?

Curve, Rutland Street, LE1

The Nutcracker, Century Theatre, Coalville, Fri 14 Dec

The popularity of the Vienna Festival Ballet has been endorsed by the fact that they are invited back to venues again and again and this is their third visit to the Century Theatre. With its exquisite costume, music and faultless ballet, expect a memorable evening.

Century Theatre, Ashby Road, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3LN

Santa is Coming to Leicester, The Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, Sat 15 Dec – Mon 24 Dec

A charming short play adapted from the best selling children’s book by Steve Smallman. Come and see Santa on his eventful journey from The North Pole to Leicester. Will he make it in time for Christmas Eve?Family tickets available for £15.

Haymarket Theatre, 1 Garrick Walk, Leicester LE1 3AF

If you know of any other festive shows or pantos, please do leave a comment below or email me and I’ll get it included.


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