GUIDE: Christmas pantomimes 2015

Jack and the Beanstalk at Leamington

Jack and the Beanstalk at Leamington

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It is time to cheer for the heroes and boo and hiss at dastardly villains as pantomimes hit the south Midlands region.

We present the biggest and the best Christmas shows in this handy guide.

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NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

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WHAT: Cinderella

Beauty and the Beast at The Belgrade

Beauty and the Beast at The Belgrade

WHERE: Royal and Derngate, Northampton - Derngate stage

DATE: Friday, December 11 to Sunday, January 3

HOW MUCH: Between £11 and £29.50

STARS: Eastenders star John Partridge plays The Prince while Cbeebies’ Sid Sloane plays Dandini. Britain’s Got Talent duo Danny Posthill and Alison Jiear appear.

Antony Costa in Cinderella at The Grove Theatre, Dunstable

Antony Costa in Cinderella at The Grove Theatre, Dunstable

TICKETS: Box Office - 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk

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WHAT: The Snow Queen

WHERE: Royal and Derngate, Northampton - Royal stage

DATE: Wednesday, November 25 to Sunday, January 3

HOW MUCH: Between £9.50 and £24

TICKETS: Box Office - 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk

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WHAT: Oh No! Not Snow

WHERE: Royal and Derngate, Northampton - Underground stage

DATE: Friday, December 4 to Sunday, January 3

HOW MUCH: From £8.50

TICKETS: Box Office - 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk

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WHAT: Beauty and the Beast

WHERE: The Deco Theatre, Northampton

DATE: Friday, December 11 to Tuesday, December 29

HOW MUCH: From £10

STARS: Coronation Street’s plays Silly Billy while X factor finalist Lydia Lucy appears as Beauty. Opposite her is Hollyoaks actor Karl James Wilson as the Beast/Prince. Crossroads villainess Angela Webb plays the Good Fairy with London Burning’s Kim Taylforth as Carabosse as the wicked witch.

TICKETS: Box Office - 01604 622749 or visit www.thedeco.co.uk

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WHAT: Jack and the Beanstalk

WHERE: The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering

DATE: Friday, December 11 to Sunday, January 3

HOW MUCH: Between £12 and £17.50

STARS: Hollyoaks and West End star Carley Stenson portrays Fairy Fuschia. Brookside’s Steven Pinder is King Cuthbert while Kevin Pallister plays the villainious Fleshcreep

TICKETS: Box Office - 01536 414141 or visit www.lighthousetheatre.co.uk

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WHAT: Aliens Love Underpants

WHERE: The Core at Corby Cube

DATE: Monday, December 7 to Thursday, December 24

HOW MUCH: From £11.50

TICKETS: Box Office - 01536 470470 or visit www.thecorecorby.com

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WHAT: Corby Amateur Theatrical Society present Rapunzel - A Tangled Panto Tale

WHERE: The Core at Corby Cube

DATE: December 28-30

HOW MUCH: £9 - £12.50

TICKETS: 01536 470470 / www.thecorecorby.com

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WHAT: A Christmas Carol

WHERE: The Castle, Wellingborough

DATE: Monday, December 7 to Tuesday, December 29

HOW MUCH: From £13

TICKETS: Box Office - 01933 270007 or visit www.thecastle.org.uk

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WHAT: Looking Glass Theatre present Sleeping Beauty

WHERE: St Peter’s Church, Marefair, Northampton

DATE: December 30, 31 at 10.30am and 2.15pm and January 3 at 1pm and 5.15pm

HOW MUCH: £10 (adults), £8 (child/student/senior citizen)

Family Ticket: £32 (2 adults & 2 children) or £36 (2 adults & 3 children)

TICKETS: 01604 631764, 07711 540546 / www.lookingglasstheatre.co.uk

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WHAT:Sinbad The Sailor

WHERE: Duston Community Centre, Northampton

DATE: Wednesday, December 2 to Saturday, December 5

HOW MUCH: £8 (£30 family of four)

STARS: Duston Players local favourites inc James Burgess and Tim Dwelly.

TICKETS: Box Office -07979 876047 or visit www.dustonplayers.org.uk

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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

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WHAT: Aladdin

WHERE: Milton Keynes Theatre

DATE: Friday, December 11 to Sunday, January 3

HOW MUCH: From £12

STARS: Dallas and star of the Naked Gun films Priscilla Presley plays the Genie of the Lamp. West End and musical theatre star Gary Wilmot is Widow Twankey. Chorepgrapher and dancer Wayne Sleep plays the Genie of the Ring. Singer and musician Ben Adams plays the title role.

TICKETS: Box Office - 0844 871 7652 or visit www.atgtickets.co.uk/miltonkeynes

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WHAT: Dick Whittington

WHERE: The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

DATE: Friday, December 11 to Sunday, January 3

HOW MUCH: Between £10 and £30.65

STARS: X Factor winner Sam Bailey is playing Fairy Bowbells. Another former X Factor finalist Melanie Masson plays Queen Rat while comedian Andy Collins is Idle Jack

TICKETS: Box Office - 0844 871 7607 or visit www.atgtickets.co.uk/aylesbury

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WHAT: Peter Pan

WHERE: Wycombe Swan Theatre

DATE: Friday, December 11 to Sunday, January 3

HOW MUCH: Between £17 and £31.50

STARS: Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood is putting his evil to a different use as Captain Hook.

TICKETS: Box Office - 01494 512 000 or visit www.wycombeswan.co.uk

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BEDFORDSHIRE

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WHAT: Cinderella

WHERE: The Grove Theatre, Dunstable

DATE: Friday, December 11 to Sunday, January 3

HOW MUCH: From £12.50

STARS: Antony Costa from boy band Blue is Prince Charming who faces off against Eastenders villain Leslie Grantham as one of the ugly sisters.

TICKETS: Box Office - 01582 60 20 80 or visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk

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WHAT: Beauty and the Beast

WHERE: The Corn Exchange, Bedford

DATE: Monday, December 28 to Saturday, January 2

HOW MUCH: From £11

TICKETS: Box Office - 01234 718044 or visit www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

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WHAT: Phoenix Players present Aladdin

WHERE: Stopsley High School, Luton

DATE: December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12

HOW MUCH: £10 / £8 concessions

TICKETS: 01582 596659 or visit www.lutonphoenixplayers.co.uk

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WARWICKSHIRE

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WHAT: Jack and the Beanstalk

WHERE: Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Soa

DATE: Saturday, December 5 to Saturday, January 2

HOW MUCH: From £12.50

TICKETS: Box Office - 01926 334 418 or visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk

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WHAT: Beauty and the Beast

WHERE: The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

DATE: Wednesday, November 25 to Saturday, January 9

HOW MUCH: Between £9.50 and £23

TICKETS: Box Office - 024 7655 3055 or visit www.belgrade.co.uk

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WHAT: Jack and the Beanstalk

WHERE: Rugby Theatre

DATE: January 8-17

HOW MUCH: £11 (concessions available)

TICKETS: Box office 01788 541234 or visit www.rugbytheatre.co.uk

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WHAT: Dick Whittington

WHERE: Talisman Theatre, Kenilworth

DATE: December 21 - January 2

HOW MUCH: £9 full price, £8.50 concessions, £8 members

TICKETS: 01926 856548

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OXFORDSHIRE

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WHAT: Robin Hood

WHERE: The Theatre, Chipping Norton

DATE: Tuesday, November 17 to Sunday, January 10

HOW MUCH: Between £12 and £26

TICKETS: Box Office - 01608 642350 or visit www.chippingnortontheatre.co.uk

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WHAT: Aladdin

WHERE: Oxford Playhouse

DATE: Friday, November 27 to Sunday, January 10

HOW MUCH: Between £15 and £26

TICKETS: Box Office - 01865 305305 or visit www.oxfordplayhouse.com

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LEICESTERSHIRE

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WHAT: Snow White

WHERE: De Montfort Hall, Leicester

DATE: Saturday, December 12 to Monday, January 4

HOW MUCH: Between £10 and £23

STARS: Loose Women presenter and Benidorm star Sherie Hewson stars

TICKETS: Box Office - 0116 233 3111 or visit www.demontforthall.co.uk

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WHAT: Oliver!

WHERE: The Curve, Leicester

DATE: Friday, November 27 to Saturday, January 23

HOW MUCH: Between £15 and £42

TICKETS: Box Office - 0116 242 3595 or visit www.curveonline.co.uk

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WHAT: The Witches

WHERE: The Curve, Leicester

DATE: Wednesday, December 9 to Sunday, January 10

HOW MUCH: Between £12 and £16

TICKETS: Box Office - 0116 242 3595 or visit www.curveonline.co.uk


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HERTFORDSHIRE

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WHAT: Dick Whittington

WHERE: Watford Palace Theatre

DATE: Friday, December 4 to Saturday, January 2

HOW MUCH: Between £12.50 and £18

TICKETS: Box Office - 01923 225671 or visit www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

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WHAT: Santa Claus and the Magical Christmas Journey

WHERE: The Forum, Watford Colosseum

DATE: Friday, November 27 to Thursday, December 24

HOW MUCH: Between £12.50 and £17.50

TICKETS: Box Office - 01923 571102 or visit www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk

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WHAT: Peter Pan

WHERE: Alban Arena, St Albans

DATE: Friday, December 4 to Sunday, January 3

HOW MUCH: Between £31 and £26

STARS: Eastenders star Jake Wood appears as does Cbeebies presenter Katrina Bryan

TICKETS: Box Office - 01727 844488 or visit www.alban-arena.co.uk

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WHAT: Dick Whittington and His Cat

WHERE: Kings Langley Community Centre, WD4 8ET

DATE: January 7-8 (7.45pm), January 9 (1pm, 4pm, 8pm)

HOW MUCH: £9 (under 18s), £11 (adults), discount if you book 10 tickets or more. Includes free ice cream for all!

TICKETS: Online at http://www.klp.org.uk/box_office.html (no booking fee) or call 07906 695959

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Are there any other pantomimes going on in and around the seven counties? Please email full details to alice.dyer@jpress.co.uk and we’ll add them to this list.