21 of the best Christmas shows in Hertfordshire
PUBLISHED: 12:44 27 November 2017
Laugh, sing, boo, shout and cheer, it’s the time of year to let it all out at a festive family show. Here are 21 magical pantos and musicals in and around Herts
1. Jack & the Beanstalk, Edmonton
Join Jack and his mum Dame Trott as they face the dastardly Fleshcreep for this giant of a pantomime. Add in the craziness of Simple Simon, the magic of Fairy Deluxe and the cow-ness of Buttercup and you’ve got all the ingredients for a fun-packed show.
Nov 23-Dec 31, Millfield Theatre. millfieldtheatre.co.uk. 0208 8076680
2. Jack & the Beanstalk, Cambridge
Tony ‘Is this the way to Amarillo?’ Christie stars alongside Coronation Street’s Stephen Beckett and Bergerac’s Liza Goddard in this production by the team that put on last year’s smash Dick Whittington at the Arts Theatre. They promise songs, laughter, joy and magic.
Nov 30-Jan 7, Cambridge Arts Theatre. cambridgeartstheatre.com. 01223 503333
3. Santa Claus & the Christmas Adventure, Watford
Rudolph is missing and the elves are misbehaving and time is running out to deliver all those presents. With songs, nursery rhymes and a snowfall over the audience, this will guarantee a white Christmas.
Dec 1-24, Watford Colosseum. watfordcolosseum.co.uk. 01923 571102
4. Jack & the Beanstalk, Stevenage
Join Jack on the Adventure of a lifetime as he bounds up the beanstalk for lots of fee-fi-fo-fun. Starring Cliff Parisi (Call the Midwife), X-Factor’s Melanie Masson, Aiden O’Neill and Stevenage’s favourite dame, Paul Laidlaw. With a stomping giant and all the magic and mayhem of a traditional Christmas extravaganza.
Dec 1-Jan 28, Gordon Craig Theatre. gordon-craig.co.uk. 01438 363200
5. Aladdin, Watford
This festive treat features live music, dazzling sets and costumes and, of course, a panda. Aladdin dreams of musical fame but he’s in danger of falling into the clutches of the evil Norwegian pop mogul Sven Gali. Starring Palace pantomime favourites Dame Terence Frisch and Jill McAusland.
Dec 1-31, Watford Palace Theatre. watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk. 01923 225671
6. Rapunzel, Hertford
Rapunzel longs to untangle herself from the hair-curling clutches of the cruel witch, Mother Gothel. But she is trapped in the tower of towers and hasn’t had a haircut in ages - will Rapunzel escape? Whether you are 4 or 104, this family Christmas show is a sure-fire remedy for any bad hair day!
Dec 2-Jan 1, Hertford Theatre. hertfordtheatre.com. 01992 531500
7. Santa in Love, St Albans
What does Santa secretly love best? Could it be snow or presents or something else? To find out, join him and his friends in this family musical with games, giggles and Christmas songs.
Dec 3, The SandPit Theatre. sandpittheatre.co.uk. 01727 799565
8. Beauty & the Beast, Rickmansworth
Starring Only Fools and Horses’ Sue Holderness as Malevolent, Britain’s Got Talent’s Kieran Sutcliffe, and Sarah Jameson. Live music, stunning sets and beautiful costumes make this a rip-roaring adventure.
Dec 7-31, Watersmeet Theatre. watersmeet.co.uk. 01923 711063
9. Aladdin, St Albans
Take a magic carpet ride to the Far East with this fun-packed pantomime. There’s comedy, singing, dancing and stunning sets, with a top cast including Karl Howman (EastEnders) and Phil Gallagher (Mister Maker) and Sam Hallion as Aladdin.
Dec 7-Jan 7, Alban Arena. alban-arena.co.uk. 01727 844488
10. Dick Whittington, Harpenden
Join Dick and his faithful cat, Tommy, as they set out on a quest to find fame and fortune. Starring Jen Pringle (Milkshake), Luke Roberts (Hi-5) and Steve Shappelle as the dame. A panto with twists and turns and plenty of audience participation.
Dec 9-22, Harpenden Public Halls. harpendenpublichalls.co.uk. 01582 767525
11. Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, Bishop’s Stortford
Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the greatest panto of them all? This classic fairytale is brought to life by Phil Dale, who also takes the role of The Henchman. Terel Nugent stars as Muddles and there’s a host of local talent.
Dec 9-Jan 6, Rhodes Arts Complex. rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk. 01279 710 200
12. Beauty & the Beast, Radlett
This heart-warming show has something for everyone, combining a popular classic fairytale with the traditions of family pantomime. With fantastic musical numbers, audience participation and colourful pantomime characters including Radlett actor Jack Reitman as the Beast.
Dec 9-31, The Radlett Centre. radlettcentre.co.uk. 01923 859291
13. Beauty & the Beast, Welwyn GC
Welwyn GC’s favourite dame Michael Totton returns for a panto filled with music, mayhem, love and laughter. This year’s treat is one of love conquering all – sure to warm the heart.
Dec 9-31, Hawthorn Theatre. cwentertainment.co.uk. 0300 3039620
14. Dear Santa, Letchworth
From the author of the much-loved children’s book Dear Zoo, Rod Campbell’s Santa is determined to deliver the most fantastic Christmas present to a young girl. But he doesn’t get it right straight away. Campbell’s delightful book is brought to the stage with music, laughs and plenty of audience participation.
Dec 11-13, Broadway Theatre. broadway-letchworth.com. 01462 681088
15. Snow White, Hoddesdon
Big helpings of laughter with a generous serving of great scenery and costumes, add dwarfs full of mischief and merriment for a pantomime that’s wicked and wonderful. TV presenter Anna Williamson is Snow White.
Dec 13-30, The Spotlight. broxbourne.gov.uk. 01992 441946
16. Cinderella, Potters Bar
Left home by the ugliest of sisters, Cinders cannot go to the ball. But with the help of her Fairy Godmother and buffoonery from Buttons, the most exciting night of her life begins. Wyllyotts’ magical extravaganza promises live music, spectacular costumes and sensational music.
Dec 13-31, Wyllyotts Theatre. hertsmereleisure.co.uk. 01707 645005
17. The Snow Queen, St Albans
This adaption of the Hans Christian Andersen tale sees young Gerda set off on an adventure to search for her best friend Kai who has been captured and imprisoned by the evil Snow Queen. But Gerda needs help from the audience. A fairytale treat.
Dec 15-29, Abbey Theatre. abbeytheatre.org.uk. 01727 857861
18. Narnia the Musical, Welwyn GC
This musical performance of the first story in The Chronicles of Narnia brings to life an enchanted world ruled by the lion king Aslan. Follow the children as they venture through the wardrobe into a magical kingdom with creatures and spirits both good and evil.
Dec 15-31, Barn Theatre. barntheatre.co.uk. 01707 324300
19. Peter Pan, Barnet
Peter Pan and the lost boys are coming to Barnet, not to mention Tinkerbell (on roller-skates) and mermaids. With sword fights and great special effects, this panto will take kids and adults on an exciting, magical journey.
Dec 16, The Bull Theatre. thebulltheatre.com. 0208 4415010
20. The Magical Santa Christmas Show, Hertford
Join Santa and Ellie the Elf as they get everything ready for Christmas. With magic tricks and sing-a-long Christmas music, the show is a treat for young children. There’s also the opportunity to meet the man in red after the performance.
Dec 16-17, Hertford Theatre. hertfordtheatre.com. 01992 531500
21. Jack & the Beanstalk, Pendley
With favourite characters and well-known songs this production has something for all the family. Starring local talent, cheer the loveable Buttercup, boo Baron von Trump, laugh with Dame Dolly Dishwater and help Jack on his dangerous quest.
Dec 28-Jan 7, The Court Theatre. courttheatre.co.uk. 07543 560478
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