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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

  • Directed by: Ciaran McConville
  • Written by: Theresa Heskins (adapt)

Rose Theatre, Kingston's presentation of the C S Lewis story, featuring local children performing with a professional cast. Adapted by Theresa Heskins and directed by Ciaran McConville.

Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames

Fri 19 Dec

Seniors £14–£24; Family £17.50–£20; Family £17.50–£20; Family £17.50–£20 / 0844 482 1556

Sat 20 Dec

Family £17.50–£20; Family £17.50–£20; Family £17.50–£20 / 0844 482 1556

Sun 21 Dec

Family £17.50–£20; Family £17.50–£20; Family £17.50–£20 / 0844 482 1556

…and 12 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

Stories Round the Tree

Cosy Christmas eve storytelling session gathered around the decorated Christmas tree with Fiona Herbert. Suitable for ages 4+.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Tue 23 Dec

£5 (£3; Children £3; Family £14) / 0131 556 9579

Wed 24 Dec

£5 (£3; Family £14) / 0131 556 9579

Derry Christmas Market 2014

In the lead up to Christmas, primarily, traders who sell specialist food and non-food goods, not normally associated with conventional town offer are invited to apply to trade at this year's 'Christmas Village at Ebrington'. The Christmas Village at Ebrington will be an idyllic winter wonderland with activities for old…

Ebrington Square, Londonderry

Fri 19 Dec

Free / 028 7126 4455

Sat 20 Dec

Free / 028 7126 4455

Sun 21 Dec

Free / 028 7126 4455

Jack And The Beanstalk

A traditional family pantomime with plenty of laughs, songs and audience participation.

Altrincham Garrick Playhouse

Sat 20 Dec

£15 (£13; Children £10 baies & infants; £12) / 0161 928 1677

Sun 21 Dec

£15 (£13; Children £10 baies & infants; £12) / 0161 928 1677

Sat 27 Dec

£15 (£13; Children £10 baies & infants; £12) / 0161 928 1677

…and 5 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

Aladdin

A production with all the traditional pantomime ingredients of comedy in abundance, magical sets and Aladdin's cave full of surprises.

Lancaster Grand Theatre

Sat 20 Dec

£9; £10 (£8; £9) / 01524 64695

  • 14:30 Aladdin Lancaster Grand Theatre

Sun 21 Dec

£9; £10 (£8; £9) / 01524 64695

  • 14:30 Aladdin Lancaster Grand Theatre

Wed 24 Dec

£9; £10 (£8; £9) / 01524 64695

  • 14:30 Aladdin Lancaster Grand Theatre
…and 2 more dates until 28 Dec back to top

Cinderella

  • Directed by: Will Whelton

Classic tale directed by Will Whelton.

Clonter Opera Theatre, Congleton

Sat 20 Dec

£12.50–£20 (£10.50–£18) / 01260 224514

  • 14:30 Cinderella Clonter Opera Theatre, Congleton

Sun 21 Dec

£12.50–£20 (£10.50–£18) / 01260 224514

  • 13:00 Cinderella Clonter Opera Theatre, Congleton

Tue 23 Dec

£12.50–£20 (£10.50–£18) / 01260 224514

  • 14:30 Cinderella Clonter Opera Theatre, Congleton

Wed 24 Dec

£12.50–£20 (£10.50–£18) / 01260 224514

  • 13:00 Cinderella Clonter Opera Theatre, Congleton

Cinderella

A traditional family pantomime based on the famous fairy tale about the boy with the magic lamp, starring Stu Francis as Buttons.

Albert Halls, Bolton

Wed 24 Dec

£12–£17 / 01204 334400

Wed 31 Dec

£12–£17 / 01204 334400

Sun 4 Jan 2015

£12–£17 / 01204 334400

The Hallé: The Snowman

A screening of the adaptation of Raymond Brigg's much-loved The Snowman, featuring live orchestral and choral accompaniment to bring the modern classic to life.

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Tue 23 Dec

£22 / 0844 907 9000

Jack Frost's Frozen Christmas

An adventure show set at the North Pole, where Santa and his elves are preparing for Christmas. Starring X-Factor's Marcus Collins as Billy and Richard David-Caine from CBeebies as the wicked Jack Frost.

Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

Fri 19 Dec

£11.60 adv; £20 (Children £17.75; £16.25; £16.25) / 01903 206206

Sat 20 Dec

£11.60 adv; £20 (Children £17.75; £16.25; £16.25) / 01903 206206

Sun 21 Dec

£11.60 adv; £20 (Children £17.75; £16.25; £16.25) / 01903 206206

…and 9 more dates until 1 Jan 2015 back to top

Moscow City Ballet: Swan Lake

  • Directed by: Natalia Ryzhenko
  • Written by: Natalia Ryzhenko

Tchaikovsky's romantic tragedy about the Prince Siegfried, his love Odette, and the evil spell cast upon them by Von Rothbart and Odile. Directed by Natalia Ryzhenko and Victor Smirnov-Golovanov.

Jersey Opera House

Sun 1 Mar 2015

£29.50–£47.50 ( £27.50–£45.50; £27.50–£45.50) / 01534 511115

Opera House, Manchester

Sat 28 Mar 2015

£20–£39.50 / 0844 847 2275

Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Wed 21 Jan 2015

£18–£34 / 01322 220000

Sat 24 Jan 2015

£18–£34 / 01322 220000

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Peter Pan

A spectacular family pantomime with impressive music, energetic dance routines, lots and lots of laughter.

Sands Centre, Carlisle

Fri 19 Dec

£12.50–£17.50 / 01228 633766

Sat 20 Dec

£12.50–£17.50 / 01228 633766

Sun 21 Dec

£12.50–£17.50 / 01228 633766

…and 7 more dates until 30 Dec

The Pure Amazing Wizard of Oz

Insideout Productions present a very Glaswegian take on the classic tale of Dorothy and her pals.

Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow

Fri 19 Dec

£13 (£11; Students £9) / 0141 577 4956

Sat 20 Dec

£13 (£11; Students £9) / 0141 577 4956

Sun 21 Dec

£13 (£11; Students £9) / 0141 577 4956

Shrek the Musical

  • Directed by: Nigel Harman
  • Written by: David Lindsay-Abaire (lyrics)

Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, Shrek the Musical comes direct from London, where it was seen live on stage by nearly a million people. This production is directed by Nigel Harman, who starred as Lord Farquaad in the West End show and won the 2012 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a…

Birmingham Hippodrome

Sat 4 Apr 2015

£27.50–£45 / 0844 338 5000

Sun 5 Apr 2015

£27.50–£45 / 0844 338 5000

Sat 11 Apr 2015

£27.50–£45 / 0844 338 5000

…and 5 more dates until 26 Apr 2015

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Sat 24 Oct 2015

£19.50–£49.50 / 0844 871 3014

Sun 25 Oct 2015

£19.50–£49.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 28 Oct 2015

£15–£45 / 0844 871 3014

…and 4 more dates until 8 Nov 2015

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen

Sat 24 Jan 2015

£17–£50 / 01224 641122

Sun 25 Jan 2015

£17–£50 / 01224 641122

Sat 31 Jan 2015

£17–£50 / 01224 641122

…and 3 more dates until 8 Feb 2015

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Treasure Island

Classic swashbuckling panto action starring Johnny Mac, Stephen Purdon and Michelle McManus.

Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

Fri 19 Dec

£17.50–£22.50 / 0141 332 1846

Sat 20 Dec

£17.50–£22.50 / 0141 332 1846

Sun 21 Dec

£17.50–£22.50 / 0141 332 1846

…and 15 more dates until 14 Jan 2015 back to top

Wicked

  • Directed by: Joe Mantello
  • Written by: Winnie Holzman

Smash-hit musical that acts as a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, with L Frank Baum's characters brilliantly re-imagined as two young girls who grow up to fulfil their destinies as Glenda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Apollo Victoria Theatre, London SW1V

Sat 20 Dec

£15–£90 / 0844 871 3001

Mon 22 Dec

£15–£95 / 0844 871 3001

Tue 23 Dec

£15–£95 / 0844 871 3001

…and 99 more dates until 7 Nov 2015

Bristol Hippodrome

Thu 19 Feb 2015

£20–£72.50 / 0844 847 2325

Sat 21 Feb 2015

£22.50–£75 / 0844 847 2325

Wed 25 Feb 2015

£20–£72.50 / 0844 847 2325

…and 7 more dates until 21 Mar 2015

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Sat 20 Dec

£22.50–£75 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 23 Dec

£22.50–£75 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 24 Dec

£22.50–£75 / 0844 871 3014

…and 9 more dates until 10 Jan 2015

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Aladdin

A spectacular family pantomime with stunning sets, glittering costumes, wonderful songs and dazzling dancing.

New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Fri 19 Dec

£13.90–£32.40 / 0844 871 7645

  • 14:00 Aladdin New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Sat 20 Dec

£13.90–£32.40 / 0844 871 7645

  • 14:00 Aladdin New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Sun 21 Dec

£13.90–£32.40 / 0844 871 7645

  • 13:30 Aladdin New Victoria Theatre, Woking
…and 12 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

The BFG

A gloriously festive show for Dahl fans big and small. David Wood's whizzpopping adaptation of this famous tale of nice and nasty giants is directed by Andrew Panton, and has been created by the team which brought you last year’s A Christmas Carol. Recommended for ages 5+.

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 19 Dec

£10–£28 (£15) / 0131 248 4848

Sat 20 Dec

£10–£28 (£15) / 0131 248 4848

Sun 21 Dec

£10–£28 (£15) / 0131 248 4848

…and 10 more dates until 3 Jan 2015

A Christmas Carol

  • Directed by: Sarah Brigham
  • Written by: Neil Duffield (Adapted)

Neil Duffield's adaptation of Charles Dickens's seasonal classic. Miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge has no time for Christmas until one chilly December night he is visited by the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley. Marley calls upon three spirits to guide Scrooge on a mysterious journey through Christmases past…

Derby Theatre

Mon 22 Dec

£11–£24 / 01332 593939

Tue 23 Dec

£11–£24 / 01332 593939

Wed 24 Dec

£11–£24 / 01332 593939

…and 7 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

A Christmas Carol

  • Written by: Charles Dickens

An adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic seasonal ghost story.

St George's Hall, Liverpool

Fri 19 Dec

£16.50 / 0151 709 3789

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The Chuckles Of Oz

The Chuckle Brothers present their unique take on the famous musical in which Dorothy goes to see the wizard. To me. To You. Etc.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Sat 13 Jun 2015

£15

Beck Theatre, Hayes

Wed 18 Feb 2015

£15 ( £56) / 020 8561 8371

Corn Exchange, King's Lynn

Fri 20 Feb 2015

£15 ( £42–£56) / 01553 764864

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Jack And The Beanstalk

A traditional family pantomime starring Coronation Street star Charlie Condou.

Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea

Sat 20 Dec

£13.50 ( £12.50; £46; Children £12.50 under 16s)

Sun 21 Dec

£13.50 ( £12.50; £46; Children £12.50 under 16s)

Mon 22 Dec

£13.50 ( £12.50; £46; Children £12.50 under 16s)

…and 11 more dates until 3 Jan 2015

Scottish Ballet's The Nutcracker

Peter Darrell’s magical world of The Nutcracker has been reimagined by Olivier Award winning designer Lez Brotherston, bringing a new sheen to this classical 40-year-old adaptation. Booking is essential.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Fri 19 Dec

£13–£38 / 0131 529 6000

Sat 20 Dec

£13–£38 / 0131 529 6000

Mon 22 Dec

£13–£38 / 0131 529 6000

…and 6 more dates until 3 Jan 2015

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Thu 8 Jan 2015

£7.50–£26.50 / 0844 871 7647

Sat 10 Jan 2015

£8.50–£32.50 / 0844 871 7647

Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne

Thu 12 Feb 2015

£11.50 / 0844 811 2121

Sat 14 Feb 2015

£11.50 / 0844 811 2121

Sid Sideboard & The Chairs

The Watford-based five-piece band performs its powerpop and pub-rock originals.

The Horns, Watford

Sun 21 Dec

Free / 01923 225020

Sleeping Booty!

  • Directed by: Stuart Saint
  • Written by: Stuart Saint

An adult pantomime written and directed by Stuart Saint, featuring Alice Marshall as Booty! and Miss Dusty O as The Evil Mangelina.

Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2H

Sat 20 Dec

Lounge

£15; £18; £22 / 0844 873 3433

Sun 21 Dec

Lounge

£15; £18; £22 / 0844 873 3433

Sat 27 Dec

Lounge

£15; £18; £22 / 0844 873 3433

…and 6 more dates until 17 Jan 2015 back to top