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It’s a recipe as old as time: mix in catchy tunes with dedicated, madcap performances and a dame who loves a cheeky Tinder scroll and what do you get? A joyful and smart Christmas pantomime.

If you want to chase away those Brexit Blues and immerse yourself in some Christmas spirit, get down to the Cambridge Arts Theatre for its seasonal pantomime. Aladdin.

Cambridge

Award-winning Clavering Players present Aladdin at Clavering Village Hall on December 14, 15, and 16.

Post Office

A drama about Stan Laurel, half of the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, will be at Chelmsford Civic Theatre on Thursday, December 6.

A packed audience at the Cambridge Arts Theatre stood on its feet and cheered at Emma Rice’s production of Wise Children. It is a triumph of storytelling, belly-laugh humour, soul-stirring dance and powerful singing from a cast of 12 who play 22 different roles.

London

Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker will be danced by Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet at Cambridge Corn Exchange on December 29, 30 and 31 and January 1.

United Kingdom

It’s £10 off all tickets for weekday performances of Wise Children at Cambridge Arts Theatre

Ruth Jones, who has been off the stage for 12 years due to her successes on television, is an absolute delight in this intriguing and funny play.

BBC Radio

Dad’s Army Radio Hour, at Chelmsford Civic Theatre on Wednesday, November 28, has two actors playing 25 characters.

Like the film of the same name - and similarly the hit BBC Television series Upstart Crow, the stage version of Shakespeare in Love, draws a lot of plot and humour from women not being allowed to perform on the Elizabethan stage. This play has a slow and laboured start. Interestingly, it takes off when a woman takes the stage. When would-be actress, Viola de Lesseps (played nicely by Imogen Daines) starts reciting Shakespeare’s lines, the play takes life. I would start it from there.

Saffron Walden Town Hall will host to one of the great British musicals when Oliver! is performed by Saffron Walden Musical Theatre Company both youth and adult sections from November 14-17.

Luna, a play for children aged two to five about being brave in the dark, is at Saffron Hall on November 14 and 15, Luna (the moon) played by Tamara Saffir, is bored with being in the sky with no one to play with. It is also lonely being the only moon.

A stage version of Jane Eyre, the novel by Charlotte Bronte, published under a man’s name in 1847, will be at Haverhill Arts Centre on Wednesday, November 7.

Haverhill Arts Centre

Alan Bennett’s play The Habit of Art, first performed at the National Theatre in 2009, is a play within a play.

The stage is set as a seedy rehearsal room with the principal players having a “run through” with the director absent, the writer present and the assistant stage manager filling in for two actors who are tied up somewhere in a matinee.

Ostensibly, the drama being rehearsed is about a fictional meeting between the poet, W H Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten. However, it becomes a discussion about writing, acting and the exploitation of rent boys. And what it’s like to be one.

Alan Bennett

A stage version the film Shakespeare in Love will be at Cambridge Arts Theatre from Monday November 5 to Saturday, November 10 and there is a special offer with best available seats for £25 for all the shows, Monday to Thursday, including the Thursday matinee.

London

A revival of Alan Bennett’s 2009 play, The Habit of Art is at Cambridge Arts Theatre from Monday, October 29 to Saturday, November 3.

Alan Bennett

Sue Perkins will be at Cambridge Corn Exchange on Monday, October 29 and the tickets include a copy of her latest book.

archant

A ballet based Dylan Thomas’s poem, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, with music by Cerys Matthews and Mason Neely, will be danced by Ballet Cymru at The Mumford Theatre, Cambridge (part of Anglia Ruskin University) on Saturday, October 20.

Anglia Ruskin University

A play called Not Lady Chatterley’s Lover is at Rhodes Arts Centre

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