Panto season is upon us - oh yes it is - and here's your festive show round-up
PUBLISHED: 11:26 01 December 2017
It's the season of pantomimes and Christmas plays - it's a showcase of all the other forms of performance, song, dance, acrobatics, slapstick and wonderfully performed, precision, over acting. Here's our pick of the shows.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Footlights Panto by Cambridge University students at The ADC Theatre, Park Street, Cambridge. Until December 2 at 7.45pm matinees November 24, 25, 28, 30 and December 2 at 2.30pm. Tickets £11-£16 depending on the day from 01223 300085 or adctheatre.com
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is at Chelmsford Civic Theatre from November 29 to January 7, shows morning, afternoon and evening. £22, concessions £19, under twos free if sitting on laps. Family £72. Wednesday, January 3, all seats £16 from 01245 606505 or www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres
Aladdin presented by Scene II Theatre School is at Dunmow Arts Centre in Haslers Lane on December 5 at 6pm and December 9 at noon and 3pm. Tickets, £10 from www.artscentretickets.com
Rapunzel presented by the Dancing Brick Theatre Company at Cambridge Junction from December 5-31 suitable for ages 5+ shows at various times. Show lasts an hour 45 minutes including interval. Tickets £15, £10 concessions, group of two adults and two children save 15 per cent. 01223 511511 or junction.co.uk
Jack and the Beanstalk at Cambridge Arts Theatre November 30-January 7, starring Liza Goddard, Tony Christie and Coronation Street’s Stephen Beckett. Shows mornings, afternoons and evenings on various days. Tickets from £18-£39, children £17-£22.50 disabled £18-£25, There is a British Sign Language interpreted performance on Sunday, December 3 at 1pm and audio described on Saturday, January 6 at 1pm. Saturday, December 16 at 11am is a relaxed performance. 01223 503333 or cambridgeartstheatre.com
The Clavering Players present Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood at Clavering Village Hall from December 8-10. 7pm on the Friday, 1.30pm and 5pm on the Saturday and 2pm on the Sunday. Adults £8, concessions £6 from Clavering Post Office or Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre 01799 513053.
The Three Little Pigs, a musical version of the fairytale. Fairycroft House, Saturday, December 9 at 5pm and 7pm. Newport Village Hall, Saturday, December 16 at 3pm and 5pm. Tickets £6, (under one-year-olds free) family, two adults and three children, £25. Tickets, Saffron Walden Tourist Information 01799 524002.
Dick Whittingdon at Linton Village College. The show’s writer, Lorenzo Zambrana aged 17, plays Sarah the Cook and his real-life mum, Tracey, plays Sarah’s son Idle Jack, so mother and son swap roles. Saturday, December 9 at 3pm and 7pm and Sunday, December 10 at 3pm. Book on 01223 891790 or lintonpanto.com
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is presented by Phoenix Theatre Arts at the Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishop’s Stortford from December 9 to January 6. Shows mostly 1pm and 5pm but also 11am and 3pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and 2pm on New Year’s Day. Tickets on Saturday December 9 are £17 all seats. Otherwise range from £17 to £22 or family £66-£86 depending on the day. There is a relaxed performance on December 28 and meet the cast on January 4 and 5. 01279 710200 or rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk
The Snowman, a film with live music, Howard Blake’s The Snowman and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite at Saffron Hall on Sunday, December 10 at 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Tickets £15-£25 (under 18s half-price) from 0845 548 7650 or www.saffronhall.com
A Christmas Carol, presented by the European Arts Company at the Mumford Theatre (at Anglian Ruskin University, Cambridge) on Tuesday, December 12 at 7.30pm. and Chelmsford Civic Theatre’s Cramphorn Studio on Friday, December 15 at 8pm. Actor John O’Connor recreates how Charles Dickens toured theatres telling his story. Suitable for ages 10 upwards. Tickets £13.50, £10.50 concessions, £8.50 student or child. 01223 352932 or www.anglia.ac.uk/arts. Post show chat at Chelmsford, tickets £14, concessions £12.50, special discounts £7 from 01245 606505 or www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres
Aladdin presented by Chaplins Pantos at the Mumford Theatre (at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge) on Saturday, December 16 at 3pm and 6.30pm and
Sunday, December 17 at 11.30am and 3pm. Suitable for ages 4+, all tickets £8 from 01223 352932 or www.anglia.ac.uk/arts
Santa in Love is at Chelmsford Civic Theatre’s Cramphorn Studio, December 16-18, Saturday and Sunday 11.30am and 2.30pm. Monday, 10.30am and 1.30pm. Family musical with games and songs suitable for ages two-five. Tickets £9 from 01245 606505 or www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres
Santa’s Christmas Wish with songs and interaction, suitable for children aged from two to seven is at Braintree Arts Theatre on Saturday, December 23. The show is 40 minutes followed by a special, meet, greet and treat with Father Christmas. £9.50 adult, £8 children up to 16, family £31 from 01376 556354 or braintreeartstheatre.com
Aladdin and his Amazing Magic Lamp is at Haverhill Arts Centre from December 20-30, shows various times. Includes illusions, and live music with TV funny-man Bobby Dazzler. Tickets £14.50, £12.50 and £11, family £48 from 01440 714140 or www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk