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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Delight at the adventures of the marvel car, its winsome passengers and their tuneful voices while you hiss the Childcatcher. Spectacle combines with comedy and music, and the addition of some well-kent Scottish faces makes for a good night out. Playhouse, Edinburgh, until Sat 24 Feb.

Dick McWhittington A thoroughly enjoyable panto from the Brunton Theatre, which features many a delight for the kids (sweety shower included) and the odd gag for grown ups, too. Well paced and finely acted, this is a good night out for one and all. Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, until Sat 30 Dec.

Aladdin The old jokes are still the best ones. If you like your panto done in the good old fashioned way, then you can hardly go wrong with this little number. Gerard Kelly, Eric Potts and Julie Wilson Nimmo lead a strong cast in this time-bending production. King’s Theatre, Glasgow, until Sat 13 Jan.

Cinderella The King’s panto offers all the delights we’ve come to expect from it over many years. Andy Gray and Allen Stewart are in top form in the leads, and there’s no shortage of boisterous humour to keep things ticking along. King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, until Sat 21 Jan.

Wullie Whittington The Tron was dealt a blow when its regular panto collaborator, Forbes Masson, decided he wasn’t playing any more, but the theatre has managed to produce a cracker even without him. As we’ve come to expect, it’s a post-modern affair, involving our hero entering a singing competition that is suspiciously similar to The X factor, but it still comes through with a great plot and silly gags that should have the kids in stitches. Tron Theatre, Glasgow, until Fri 7 Jan.

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