It’s Panto Time 2019
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 Leicestershire, Rutland and beyond. You ready, Widow Twanky?
Ready or not, here come the pantos! Dig out your stripy tights, winkle pickers, false eyelashes and wiggery, and book in for one of these panto productions in Leicestershire, Rutland and beyond.
Listen out for me on BBC Radio Leics on 3 Dec when I’ll be spotlighting the best ones.
Jack and the Beanstalk at Loughborough, 23 Nov – 5 Jan
The villagers are under threat from a ginormous giant and poor, young Jack has his head in the clouds, but when he sells his beloved cow, Pat for just a handful of beans he begins a huge adventure which takes him to dizzying new heights. The little ones will love this brilliant panto as it brings some beloved characters to life. Tickets from £14.
Beauty and the Beast, Peepul Centre, 9 – 26 Dec
A magical pantomime production for all the family filled with fun, laughter, audience participation and not forgetting the talented cast. Tickets from £9.50.
Jack and the Beanstalk, Melton Theatre – Fri, Dec 13 – Sat, Dec 21
Starring Coronation Street and Dancing On Ice star “Steven Arnold”, panto Favourite “Stuart Earp” as Jack and back by popular demand “Bessie McMillan”, this panto is full of beans! It’s off to the land of the giants we go – but watch out for the giant’s wicked evil henchman Fleshcreep. Dame Trott and her poor son Jack are tricked into selling their beloved cow Daisy for a useless bag of beans. You’re needed to help the magical Fairy Beansprout save the day, boo and hiss the evil Fleshcreep and of course laugh at and cheer hero Jack as he tries to rescue the Princess Jill from the giant’s castle. Tickets £14.00.
Robin Hood, The Little Theatre, 13 Dec
Deep in the depths of Sherwood Forest lurks an evil Witch. Infuriated by the presence of Robin Hood and his band of faithful followers continuously stomping around her native undergrowth, she makes a deal with the unpopular Sheriff of Nottingham to rid Sherwood of anyone seen wearing Lincoln green. Expect Robin’s band to add plenty of laughs and panto slapstick, no doubt with a few fresh cream cakes thrown in for good measure. Tickets from £ 15.50.
A village panto that’s pulling out all the giggles! A GIANT of a pantomime. Fe Fi Fo Fum, watch out cause here it come. Tickets £8 in advance more on the door. 1pm and 4pm showing. Box Office: 0116 230 4877
Dick Whittington, Coalville, 14- 15 Dec
Dick Whittington features an array of great songs, stunning choreography, sparkly scenery and fabulous costumes. An original, laugh-a-minute script filled with audience participation, goodies, baddies and singing and dancing. Tickets £8-£12. On Sat 14th Dec at 7.30pm there is a special ‘Adults Only’ (over 18’s) version – expect a raunchy and naughty evening starring West End Dame of notorious reputation Jade Justine. There will be festive cocktails and nibbles and a fantastic PRIZE for the best dressed, as judged by Dame Jade herself.
Aladdin – De Montfort Hall, Leicester, 14 Dec – 5 Jan 2020
Aladdin, with his mother Widow Twankey, works long hours in the family laundry. His life takes a dramatic turn one day when his long-lost uncle, Abanazar, appears and helps him find an ancient lamp from a cave full of treasure. Do you know the rest of the story? Not like this you don’t! Join us for this traditional family pantomime full of songs, laughter, fun, baddies, silliness – and lots of custard pies. Starring Sam Bailey, Antony Costa plus BBC Radio Leicester’s Martin Ballard and Paul Burling from Britain’s Got Talent. Tickets from £14 – £28.50. Win family tickets to the show here.
Beauty and the Beast, Mountsorrel, 19 Dec
When a horrible, selfish Prince is cursed by The Enchantress to a life as a Beast, everything changes for him, and he must earn the true love of another in order for the curse to be broken. But who could love a Beast…? A magical family pantomime, featuring spectacular songs and dances, colourful costumes and glittery scenery…lots of fun and laughs for the whole family! Tickets: from £12. Book here. Box Office: 0116 230 4877.
Jack and Giant Adventure, The Y Theatre, 21 Dec
Join Jack’s adventure as he his mum, Dame Trott, try to come up with enough money to pay the greedy Mr Nick Alott and stop themselves from being evicted. A fun-filled pantomime, with original music and lots of energy. Tickets from £9.
Treasure Island, Whissendine Village Hall, 1-2 Feb 2020
This very funny pantomime will be great family fun and a must see! Matinee and evening performances. Tickes available from the village store 39 Main Street, Whissendine or phone Clare 01664 474373.
Cinderella, Nottingham Theatre Royal, 30 Nov – 5 Jan
Coronation Street’s Les Dennis and Connor McIntyre will swap the cobbles for clutch bags as the Ugly Sisters, alongside Pop Idol star Gareth Gates as Prince Charming, with Richard Cadell and Sooty starring as Buttons.With mischievous comedy, jaw-dropping special effects and plenty of boos and hisses, Cinderella will be packed with festive fun for all the family. So polish off your pumpkins, grab your glass slippers and get ready to head to the ball.
Snow White, Birmingham Hippodrome, 21 Dec – 2 Feb 2020
Packed with comedy and festive fun, this magical pantomime brings together a galaxy of stars for Britain’s biggest regional panto. With Birds of a Feather’s Lesley Joseph as The Wicked Queen, Hippodrome panto favourite Matt Slack as Muddles, X Factor winner Joe McElderry as The Spirit of The Mirror, Coronation Street’s Faye Brookes as Snow White, joined by Britain’s Got Talent finalists Flawless and so many more – there really is no end to the talent in this year’s panto spectacular. Tickets from £17.