Dames, giants and beasts – oh my!

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:22 20 February 2013

Same Difference join the Sleeping Beauty cast in Broxbourne

Same Difference join the Sleeping Beauty cast in Broxbourne

Petra Hornsby looks at pantomimes and seasonal productions taking place across Hertfordshire this festive season


Watersmeet Theatre, Rickmansworth, Dec 7-31

Cinderellas Prince Charming is Jonathan Ansell, member of G4, X-Factors pop-opera success and he is joined by a fully professional cast including the international illusionist Michael Otton as Buttons. Suzanne Davis is Cinderella and Dean Horner and Oliver Grey are the naughty but hilarious ugly sisters. 01923 711063

The Court Theatre, Tring, Dec 30 - Jan 8

With over 40 years of producing family pantomimes, The Court Theatre clearly knows all the best ingredients needed for a great time out. Audience participation is the key, anyone who wants to join in is invited on stage for a sing a long and if its your birthday be sure to tell the theatre staff as you might well get a mention from the cast. 07543 560478

Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Dec 17-31

Buttons will be doing his best to keep Cinderellas spirits up at the Barn Theatre, whilst her mean step-mother and step-sisters will be doing their best to stop her from going to the ball. Feel free to shout, laugh, boo, clap and sing as this cast of colourful characters entertain their way to a happy ending. 01707 324300


Harpenden Public Halls, Dec 15-18

CBBCs BigHowardLittleHoward join the cast for this fun-filled tale of Aladdin and Princess Balroubadour and how they battle the extremely evil Abanazaar. With a live band, stunning sets and fantastic costumes the show promises plenty of Middle Eastern thrills, spills and giggles. 01582 767525

Hertford Theatre, Dec 9 Jan 1

Giant spiders, foaming washing machines and magical lava lamps - this production has created a rather funky new twist on the original tale but with all the familiar characters including the hilarious Widow Twankey. Dance, sing, clap and cheer Aladdin as he sets out to prove he isnt as hapless as people think. 01992 531500


Watford Palace Theatre, Nov 25 - Dec 31

Join Jack, Dame Trott and Buttercup the Cow in their adventure to secure their financial future that awaits them at the top of what appears to be a never-ending beanstalk. With plenty of opportunity to join in and all the Panto tricks tucked up its theatrical sleeve, Watford Palace Theatre promises a fantastically festive time. 01923 225671

The Market Theatre, Hitchin, Dec 3 - Jan 7

This years production has been created with younger children in mind and is ideal for ages 3 8. With plenty of song and laughter the audience will be invited to help the cast give the story a happy ending. 01462 433553

Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar, Dec 10 Jan 1

Will Jack make it to the top of the beanstalk? Will he ever be forgiven for selling the cow in exchange for magic beans? Will he become the Giants dinner? In between cringe making jokes, silly slapstick and far too catchy tunes the audience might just discover the answers to the above. 01707 645005


Broxbourne Civic Hall, Dec 9-31

X Factor finalists Same Difference join the cast as siblings Sarah and Sean take their respective roles of good fairy and handsome Prince. Look out for Nurse Katy Cough Drop and her prescription of large doses of laughter. 01992 441946

Radlett Centre, Dec 10 Jan 1

Nanny Annie and Lester the Jester join the line-up of good fairy, bad fairy, a dashing young Prince and of course a damsel in deep sleep - cursed by an evil spell. This magical fairy tale is brought to life by the lively cast at the Radlett. 01923 859291


The Alban Arena, St Albans, Dec 9 to Jan 1

Starring Toyah Wilcox as the Evil Queen and appearing as her hopeless Henchman is St Albans local and star of Morecambe, Bob Golding. Childrens presenter Phil Gallagher, aka Mister Maker will be supplying plenty of laughs and the charming Prince is played by Days of Our Lives, Angel and The Young and the Restless star Brody Hutzler. 01727 844488


Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishops Stortford, Dec 9 - Jan 2

Rhodes Panto producer and cast member, Phil Dale claims much of the enjoyment of appearing in pantomime is getting to hurl abuse at the theatre goers which probably explains why he likes to play the villainous parts, and this year he takes the part of the tax-grabbing Sheriff of Nottingham. As well as all the traditional ingredients there is the promise of a few extra surprises to tempt and tease the audience. 01279 651746

Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society, Jan 11-15

HD&OS have been staging Panto since 1945 and this year their sizeable cast take on the parts of the evil Lady of the Manor, Maid Marion, the boo hiss greedy Sheriff of Nottingham and of course handsome Robin and his bumbling Merry Men. Dame Rosie Bottom provides the comedy antics and there will be a few memorable tunes. 01992 537440


Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, Nov 26 Jan 22

West End star Leanne Jones takes the part of the good fairy as she joins singer Bernie Nolan as the wicked Malevolent for this classic panto also featuring Stevenages favourite dame Paul Laidlaw who is guaranteed to entertain and delight audiences of all ages. 01438 894925


Letchworth Arts Centre, Dec 19 -21

Winding Road Theatre Company present their imaginative version of this delightful story with the help of talking crows, dancing reindeer in a production that will bring excitement and fun for audiences of all ages. Letchworth Arts Centre 01462 670788


Knebworth House, Dec 16-18

A festive reading by actor Colin Greenslade will take place in the Jacobean panelled Banqueting Hall. The hall will be decorated with festive swags, a Christmas tree and roaring log fire to create a magical atmosphere. Mulled wine and mince pie on arrival. 01438 810931

Letchworth Arts Centre, Dec 22

A spellbinding reading by Keith Baldwin of this timeless tale served up with seasonal refreshments. 01462 670788

The Old Town Hall Arts Centre, Hemel Hempstead, Dec 16

A Christmas Carol as told by Jacob Marley (deceased), the Brother Wolf company presents award-winning actor and writer James Hyland in this unique take on the original and told from the perspective of Ebenezer Scrooges dead business partner. 01442 228091

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