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Christmas pantos and shows in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 10:13 26 November 2018 | UPDATED: 17:26 30 November 2018

Cast from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Watersmeet, Rickmansworth (photo: Martin Smith, Origin8 Photography)

Cast from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Watersmeet, Rickmansworth (photo: Martin Smith, Origin8 Photography)

Martin Smith @ Origin8 Photography

Forget the telly re-runs and head out with the family to the theatre for an interactive, over-the-top, belly laugh Christmas show

• Santa’s New Sleigh

Dec 9-11

Come for a spectacular theatrical performance of Santa’s New Sleigh this December at Broadway Cinema & Theatre. Children and parents can sing-along to festive jingles, and each child will receive a special Christmas present from Santa and photograph with him too!

Tickets are limited so be sure book your tickets at: www.broadway-letchworth.com, today! What’s more, to celebrate the opening of the show, one lucky child has the chance to win a family ticket to one of the 2019 kids’ shows.

Simply visit: https://bit.ly/2QIAkHu to download a colouring sheet or collect a copy from the Broadway Cinema & Theatre, complete your masterpiece and post it into Santa’s sparkly red post-box located in the foyer, before Friday 7th December. Santa will draw the winner after the final performance of Santa’s New Sleigh on Tuesday 11th December. Good luck! Ideal for preschool and children up to 8-years.

Broadway Theatre, Letchworth. 01462 681088

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• Aladdin

Nov 29–Jan 6

Starring Wayne Sleep, Liza Goddard, Matt Crosby, Suzie Mathers, Andy Abraham, Holly Easterbrook, Max Fulham and Rosalind James. The most thrilling pantomime adventure of them all returns to Cambridge this Christmas, as Aladdin flies into the Arts Theatre to make all your wishes come true!

Aladdin and his family dream of a better life filled with riches and adventure, far away from the humdrum of their daily life in the backstreets of Peking. When a mysterious stranger offers untold riches in return for helping him find a magic lamp, Aladdin can’t believe his luck! His head filled with dreams of money and marrying beautiful princesses, Aladdin sets off on an adventure that will change his life, and fortunes, forever...

Don’t miss this GENIE-us production of the timeless classic pantomime, brought to you with Cambridge Arts heatre’s trademark blend of singalong tunes, spectacular dance routines, dazzling costumes and laugh-out-loud jokes guaranteed to have you rolling in the aisles, whether you’re three... or ninety-three!

Aladdin is directed by Phil Clark and written by Al Morley.

Cambridge Arts Theatre. 01223 503333

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• Cinderella

Dec 6–Jan 6

Don’t miss the hilarious, fun-packed family pantomime, Cinderella starring RACHEL STEVENS (S Club 7), children’s favourite, BEN FAULKS (CBeebies’ Mr Bloom) and local legend, (this time wearing the trousers!) BOB GOLDING.

The show also features St Albans’ favourites IAN KIRKBY and JEMMA CARLISLE, plus a full supporting West End cast.

Once again, the show will be written by PAUL HENDY and produced by EVOLUTION, the same team behind last year’s Box Office smash hit, Aladdin. Cinderella promises to be spectacular, top-quality entertainment with the emphasis on strong casting, high production values and a genuinely funny script. Last year’s pantomime was seen by over 42,000 people… with some shows sold out and tickets selling fast, book early and you shall go to the ball! Signed performances are; Tuesday 18 December 1.30pm & 5pm and Wednesday 2 January 1.30pm & 5pm

Book online at www.alban-arena.co.uk/events/cinderella/

Alban Arena, St Albans. 01727 844488

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• Jack & the Beanstalk

Dec 18-22

Jack and the Beanstalk is this year’s professional pantomime at Kings Langley. Starring X Factor’s Lauren Platt, Rhianna Merralls (CBBC Millie Inbetween), EastEnders’ Peter Dean, and top comedy dame Rob Forknall, this is a GIANT laughter packed pantomime for all the family! Booking via www.ticketsource.co.uk/act-one-pantomimes or 03336663366. The panto runs from 18th to 22nd Dec with 2 performances each day. Book now for the funniest panto in Herts!

Rudolf Steiner School, Kings Langley

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• Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs

Dec 8–30

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, what’s the most magical panto of them all?

Harpenden Public Halls are excited to be teaming up with the fantastic Polka Dot Pantomimes for this year’s spectacular Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. Starring TV heart throb Jeremy Edwards (Hollyoaks, Holby City, CBBC’s Millie Inbetween) as Prince Charming and, back by popular demand, Harpenden’s favourite pantomime dame Steve Shappelle as the hilarious Nurse Nelly. Join for the perfect family panto, packed full to the brim with incredible songs, amazing dancing, spectacular scenery and dazzling costumes in what is going to be Harpenden’s biggest and best panto EVER! Adult £14 child/concessions £12 (family of four £48)

Harpenden Public Halls. 01582 767525

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• Aladdin

Dec 28-Jan 6

A pantomime by Ian Gower and Nick Russon

This year the David Evans Court Theatre team are proud to present Aladdin, following on from last year’s sell out show Jack and The Beanstalk. While there is not a soap star in sight this pantomime features an abundance of local talent with over 40 years experience producing traditional family pantomimes. Boo and hiss the nasty Wizard Abanazar as he seeks the power to rule the world. Cheer on our heroes, as Aladdin goes in search of true love and help us to ensure good triumphs over evil.

Adults £11.00 Children £9.00

Court Theatre, Tring. 07543 560478

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• Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs

Nov 30-Jan 27

A wicked queen, a damsel in distress and a bunch of eager dwarfs is classic fare for the Gordon Craig Theatre, known for its big panto productions. Long-standing dame Paul Laidlaw is back in this magical adventure which also stars Hannah-Jane Fox (CBBC’s Millie Inbetween) and Matt Lapinskas (EastEnders), while Aidan O’Neill returns as Herbie the Huntsman.

Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage. 01438 363200

• Jack & the Beanstalk

Dec 5-Jan 5

Dame Trott and her cow provide the fun for this panto with live musicians, song and dance and plenty of slapstick. This giant adventure is performed by a talented company of new faces and Palace favourites.

Watford Palace Theatre. 01923 255671

• Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs

Dec 7-31

Watersmeet has all the ingredients for a great Snow White with live music, colourful sets and plenty of fun. Sam Attwater (EastEnders) is the prince, with Dave Bibby (Eye Spy) retuning as Herbie the Huntsman.

Watersmeet, Rickmansworth. 01923 711063

• Aladdin

Dec 8-Jan 3

Upstage Productions returns to Radlett with the tale of Aladdin’s adventures. With colourful characters, a scheming sorcerer, a beautiful princess and a genie, expect music, comedy, dazzling costumes and plenty of audience participation.

Radlett Centre. 01923 859291

• Beauty & the Beast

Dec 8-Jan 5

The fairy tale of a headstrong village girl, an enchanted castle and the beast who lives there has enchanted generations. The Rhodes Arts production is billed as a ‘feast of magical effects that make it more beautiful and beastly than ever’.

Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishop’s Stortford. 01279 710200

• Dick Whittington

Dec 14-31

Dick and his faithful cat set out to find fortune in London only to find it’s not as easy as they thought. Cheer him on and boo the baddies. Kids’ favourite Dave Benson Phillips (BBC Get Your Own Back) is idle Jack. The producers of The Spotlight show promise dazzling dances and amazing costumes.

The Spotlight, Hoddesdon, 01992 441946

• Aladdin

Dec 15-Jan 6

This story of penniless Aladdin and his quest to win the hand of the Princess Yasmin stars Hawthorne favourite dame Michael Totton. Expect lots of local gags, silliness aplenty and oodles of fun.

Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn GC. 0300 3039620

• Jack & the Beanstalk

Dec 15–Jan 6

This giant of a panto promises to scale new heights with live music, stunning sets, sensational costumes, slick choreography and spectacular music.

Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar. 01707 645005

• Beauty & the Beast

Nov 29-Jan 6

Travel to the enchanted forest where curses must be broken for true love to save the day. Expect special effects, stunning costumes, beautiful scenery and lots of laughs. Alex Scott Fairley returns as Witch Heather.

Millfield Theatre, Edmonton. 0208 807 6680

• Dick Whittington

Dec 15-31

A homegrown professional panto promising high energy singing and dancing and child-friendly fun. Dame Dolly and Dick’s cat are on hand to help as Dick battles King Rat and seeks gold and the heart of Alice.

The Bull Theatre, Barnet. 0845 860 2855

• Santa Claus & the Magical Christmas Journey

Dec 1-24

It’s Christmas Eve and Santa is busy delivery presents, but hiding in his sleigh are two naughty elves. When Santa’s sat nav goes wrong it’s up to the elves and Muffin the bear to help save Christmas. This Colosseum show for little ’uns has songs, nursery rhymes and a sprinkling of snow. Meeting Santa after and receiving a gift is all included.

Watford Colosseum. 01923 571102

• The Astonishing Adventures of Pinocchio

Dec 1–Jan 1

Follow the wooden boy as he strives to become a real child and encounters sly old fox and the blue fairy. By the team behind last year’s Little Red Riding Hood, this Hertford show promises songs, dancing and timber-splitting fun.

Hertford Theatre. 01992 531500

• Honk!

Dec 14-31

Based on The Ugly Duckling, award-winning musical Honk! tells the story of Ugly the baby duck. On a quest to find his mum he finds love, friends and adventures on the way.

Barn Theatre, Welwyn GC. 01707 324300

• Hansel & Gretel

Dec 15

PaddleBoat Theatre Company will transform the SandPit stage into an enchanted forest for this production of Hansel and Gretel. Live music, audience interaction and poetic storytelling will capture imaginations.

SandPit Theatre, St Albans. 01727 799565

• A Christmas Carol

Dec 15-29

Go back in time to Victorian London for Dickens’ classic about the real meaning of Christmas. This family production by Company of 10 is founded on the ethos that ‘there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour’.

Abbey Theatre, St Albans. 01727 857861

• Santa’s Marvellous, Magical Toy Shop!

Dec 21-24

Christmas is coming, but after 164 years of service, Santa’s chief elf is retiring. Santa must find someone he can trust, and fast. A funny, festive show with catchy songs, beautiful puppets and a toy shop full of surprises.

Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead. 01442 228091

• Sleeping Beauty

Dec 22-23

Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and classical choreography are combined in this production by Ballet UK at the Colosseum. The tale of the wicked fairy’s deadly curse on Princess Aurora and a counter-spell of sleep for 100 years is a timeless story of love. A magical ballet for all ages.

Watford Colosseum. 01923 571102

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