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Love 'em or hate 'em, pantos are back this year. So dig out your stripy tights, winkle pickers, false eyelashes and wiggery, and book in for one of these local productions.

Aladdin, Loughborough Town Hall, from 20 Nov

Aladdin wishes the Princess would notice him, The Princess wishes she could lead a normal life, Aladdin’s mother wishes she could remember what she came in here for…and there’s something very peculiar about that ancient clapped out rusty lamp. With stunning sets, breathtaking special effects, gorgeous costumes and mountains of mayhem, get all your festive wishes granted in this panto adventure for the whole family.

Sleeping Beauty, De Montfort Hall, 15 Dec – 3 Jan 2022

When an evil fairy curse causes the Princess to prick her finger on a spinning wheel and fall into an enchanted sleep, can anyone rescue her from the magical slumber before it is too late? This family pantomime will be jam-packed with songs, dancing, silliness and lots of slapstick. Starring Coronation Street’s Wendi Peters, children’s TV Presenter Maddie Moate and X-Factor finalist Andy Abraham.

Cinderella, The Little Theatre, 10 Dec – 2 Jan 2022

Cinderella lives in the crumbling Chateau de broke, with her wicked stepmother Ma-Dame Fifi and her beautiful, but spiteful daughters, Bella and Donna. Will Cinderella make it to the Royal Ball and meet her prince Charming? Book tickets and find out. This is an amateur production.

Cinderella, Mountsorrel Memorial Centre, 16 – 19 Dec

Join Cinderella and her best friend Buttons (who secretly has a bit of a crush on her!) as they work through the enormous list of chores set by her wicked stepsisters. When an invitation to the Winter Ball is sent from Prince Charming, excitement ensues – but will Cinderella make it to the ball? With a bit of magic from her Fairy Godmother, and with the love and support of her best friend, perhaps she will.

Jack and the Beanstalk, Century Theatre, Coalville, 4-5 Dec and 11- 12 Dec

Join the brave Jack Trot, his hilarious brother Simple Simon and their outrageous mother Dame Trot on a rags to riches adventure where nothing is impossible and anything can happen. Will Jack defeat the evil Giant Geronimore and win the heart of the beautiful Princess Jill? And will Daisy the Cow start producing milk again?! It’s the panto, you’ve ‘bean’ waiting for with stunning costumes, great songs, colourful scenery, loads of laugh and dazzling special effects. There’s also an adults only performances on sat evening if you prefer a cheeky night out.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Hinckley Concorida Theatre, 12 Jan 2022 – 5 Feb 2022

Dame Wanda Wonder and her daughter Goldilocks travel the country entertaining people with their Wonder Circus. This year, expect a host of favourite panto performers offering laughter, songs, dance, and magic! Pure family entertainment featuring special guest professional Magician, Illusionist, and Circus performer – Michael Jordan.


Robin Hood, Theatre Royal, Notts 11 Dec–09 Jan 2022

Join the most heroic outlaw of them all as the arrow-shooting hero Robin Hood strives to win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marion while he and his trusty band of Merry Men outwit the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. It’s a show packed full of comedy, action, adventure, and plenty of glitz and glamour. Starring, Tristan Gemmill as The Sheriff of Nottingham, TV and stage favourite, Matthew Kelly as Dame Tilly Tuck, X-Factor’s Matt Terry will play the title role of Robin Hood and West-End leading lady Jodie Prenger will play the role of The Spirit of Sherwood. Bringing the moves, dance sensations Flawless will play The Merry Men.

Beauty and the Beast, Notts Playhouse 3 Dec – 15 Jan 2022

When the beautiful Belle is trapped in an enchanted castle by a mysterious beast, the stage is set for a spellbinding adventure. Can she escape with the help of her friends? Will Belle melt the beast’s frosty heart and lift his curse before it’s too late? Filled with magic and monstrous fun, this tale as old as time is the perfect festive treat.

Jack and the Beanstalk, Stamford Exchange, 27 Dec – 1 Jan 2022

Jack and his family, Dame Tilly Trot and Simple Simon are poor and even have to sell the Family Cow at market to raise some money to pay the tax. Will Jack climb the Beanstalk? (Oh yes he will!…) will they rescue the Cow? Why not come and join them to find out. This lively Pantomime with an over 80 strong cast singing and dancing will whisk you away to some old and new-fashioned Pantomime Magic this Christmas. Nb, this is an amateur production.

Cinderella, Stamford Theatre, 7 -9 and 15 – 16 Jan 2022

The traditional tale of rags to riches full of magic, laughter, audience participation and spectacular surprises! Poor Cinderella is treated so badly by her wicked stepsisters and forced to do all of the housework, but with her best friend Buttons by her side and the help of her Fairy Godmother – she shall go to the ball! Will she meet the man of her dreams and live happily ever after? Will the Ugly Sisters learn the errors of their ways? Will Fairy Flustered manage to become a fully qualified Fairy?

Aladdin, New Theatre Peterborough 15 – 30 Dec

Jump on a magic carpet ride to Old Peking and enjoy this lavish and hilarious pantomime. With sparkling scenery, spectacular special effects, dazzling dance routines, cracking costumes and a laugh-out-loud script, Aladdin has something for everyone.

Beauty and the Beast, Peterborough, The Cresset, from 11 – 30 Dec

Expect glittering sets, spectacular song and dance, plenty of audience participation – plus some truly terrible jokes!

Little Red Riding Hood, Stamford Exchange, 15 Jan 2022

They’re back again! Oh yes they are! the Market Theatre Company return to corrupt another fairy-tail classic beyond recognition. This fearless company of 3 actors return to bring you an evening of corny jokes, raunchy plots and blatant sexual innuendo using a minimum of set props and costume. For adults only.

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