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Surrey’s big Christmas panto guide

It’s Panto time. Oh, yes it is. (Come on, get in the mood!). And where is your ultimate guide to the best pantos this Christmas? It's behind you! Actually, no it isn't. It's right here...

Kit Hesketh Harvey as King Rat in Dick Whittington at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, Surrey.
Kit Hesketh Harvey as King Rat in Dick Whittington at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, in Guildford.

Dick Whittington
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Fri 3 Dec – Sun 9 Jan

A purrfect Christmas treat! Peter Gordon will take on the role of Dame Sally the Cook in what will be his 15th Yvonne Arnaud panto appearance! Join the cast as Dick goes off to London seeking fame and fortune. Oh yes he will! yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

Cinderella
■ Richmond Theatre, Richmond ■ Fri 3 Dec – Sun 2 Jan

Join King of Ballroom Anton Du Beke as Buttons in this year’s Richmond panto, Cinderella! Watch out for those pesky ugly sisters, and definitely keep your eyes peeled for Prince Charming! atgtickets.com

Aladdin
■ Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Fri 10 Dec – Sun 2 Dec

It’s everyone’s favourite magic carpet owner! This year’s Redhill panto of Aladdin features Britain’s Got Talent finalist Daliso Chaponda starring as Wishee Washee and CBBC presenter Naomi Wilkinson as the Spirit of the Ring. harlequintheatre.co.uk

Aaron James, Gok Wan, Harriet Thorpe and Rebekah Lowings 

Snow White
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Sat 4 Dec – Sun 2 Jan

The fairest panto in all the land! Join fashionista, foodie and TV personality Gok Wan for the famed tale of the lost girl and seven dwarves in an evening filled with giggles galore! atgtickets.com

Beauty and the Beast
■ Fairfield Halls, Croydon ■ Fri 10 Dec – Sun 2 Jan

Starring Dick & Dom and Derek Griffiths, panto is back at Fairfield Halls after a year’s hiatus and it returns with a bang for a retelling of one of childhood’s most famous stories. Who else wants a talking teapot? fairfield.co.uk

Jack & The Beanstalk
■ Dorking Halls, Dorking ■ Sat 18 – Tue 28 Dec

Fee fi fo fum… We sense a panto that will be a lot of fun! Introduce your little ones to a story that’s older than most of us as hero Jack tries to rescue his sweetheart from the evil Giant’s castle in the clouds. dorkinghalls.co.uk

Beauty and the Beast
■ Epsom Playhouse, Epsom ■ Sat 11 Dec – Mon 3 Jan

Can Belle rescue her father, will the Beast ever find true love, can Lumi ever get a job and will Nanny Fanny ever remember where she is? There’s only one way to find out – get those tickets booked! epsomplayhouse.co.uk

Jack and the Beanstalk
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Fri 10 – Fri 31 Dec

If you’re looking for a great medley of songs, energetic choreography, dazzling costumes and a whole host of squirty cream (yes, really!) when it comes to panto season, look no further than Camberley Theatre as they retell the infamous story of Jack and the Beanstalk. camberleytheatre.co.uk

Jack and the Beanstalk
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre, Cranleigh ■ Sun 5 Dec, 11am and 2pm

Cranleigh’s panto is just for one day only, so these tickets are likely to get snapped up quickly! Packed with songs, silliness, audience participation and all the fairytale magic you could want, will Jack save Jill from the Giant in the clouds? cranleighartscentre.org

Dick Whittington, New Wimbledon Theatre, Shane Richie
Peter Piper, Shane Richie and Hiba Elchikhe star in Dick Whittington at New Wimbledon Theatre.

Dick Whittington
■ New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon ■ Sat 4 Dec – Sun 2 Jan

Join Shane Richie as Dick Whittington (and his trusty cat Tommy) on his quest to become Lord Mayor of London. Can he outwit the evil rodent King Rat and win Alice’s hand in marriage? atgtickets.com

Jack and the Beanstalk
■ Royal Theatre, Windsor ■ Fri 26 Nov – Sun 9 Jan

Did you ever expect to see Basil Brush have a starring role in Jack and the Beanstalk? Us neither, but it’s upped the intrigue for this year’s panto at the Royal Theatre. This one starts earlier in the year than other pantos, so why not book tickets as your festive warmup? theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk

Cinderella
■ The Leatherhead Theatre, Leatherhead ■ Sat 18 – Fri 31 Dec

What better way to see if you’re destined to be with your prince charming than to leave your shoe behind at a party? Cinderella has the right idea in this year’s Leatherhead panto that is guaranteed to be a real treat for the whole family. theleatherheadtheatre.com

Sleeping Beauty
■ The Harlington, Fleet ■ Sat 11 – Wed 29 Dec

Fairy Sweetheart and her sisters are heading out on an adventure to save the sleepy Princess Aurora from a wicked curse placed on her by the evil Fairy Carabosse. But will they manage it? We hope so! theharlington.co.uk

Cinderella
■ The Hawth, Crawley ■ Fri 10 Dec – Sun 2 Jan

Is Scarlett Moffatt playing Cinderella this year in Crawley this year? Oh yes she is! Book in your tickets now for what will no doubt be a feel-good show for the whole family. parkwoodtheatres.co.uk

Beauty and the Beast
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Fri 3 Dec – Mon 3 Jan

In one of fairytales’ oldest stories, join Bella as she heads to the mysterious valley and has to question everything she’s ever been told (and adapt to talk to a candlestick holder!) Expect songs, heart-warming characters and a touch of magic. rosetheatre.org

Cinderella
■  Borough Hall, Godalming ■ Sat 11 – Sun 26 Dec
The fairy godmother of all pantos comes to Guildford promising spectacular song and dance, colourful costumes and lots of fun and laughs for the whole family. godalmingpanto.com

Aladdin: One Rub Too Many – The Adult Panto
■ The Back Room of the Star Inn, Guildford ■ Thurs 25 Nov – Fri 31 Dec
Naughty, smutty and down right silly, this is the adults-only version of Aladdin. Written by James Chalmers, the same guy behind D!ck (2020),  Pinocchio (2020) and Sinders (2019), it promises to be rollicking good laugh. guildfordfringe.com

Dear Santa Live
■ Esher Theatre, Esher ■ Sat 4 – Sat 11 Dec
Not panto exactly but a Christmas production nonetheless – from the author of the well-loved children’s book Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. Expect music, laughter and plenty of audience participation. Theres also a chance to meet the Jolly big guy after the show. eshertheatre.com

FURTHER AFIELD

Julian Clary, Panto at the Palladium, London

Pantoland at the Palladium
■ London Palladium ■ Sat 4 Dec – Sun 9 Jan

This one is special! Music legend Donny Osmond and ultimate pantomime star Julian Clary will take you on a magical trip to Pantoland at The Palladium with comedy, choreography and sing-a-longs that come together to create the ultimate feel-good show. lwtheatres.co.uk

The Nutcracker on Ice
■ Alexandra Palace, London ■ Mon 6 – Sun 12 Dec

Nothing says Christmas like a show on ice! Based around Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, the famous story has been adapted to include scripting and panto-style characters to create a new take on a festival classic. alexandrapalace.com

The Nutcracker
■ The Royal Albert Hall, London ■ Tue 28 – Fri 31 Dec

A true Christmas spectacle! With gorgeous period costumes, stunning lighting and dazzling projections, this Christmas classic is brought to life by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s dancers and orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. royalalberthall.com

Potted Panto
■ The Garrick Theatre, London ■ Sat 11 Dec – Sun 9 Jan

Hot on the heels of Potted Potter, the Harry Potter parody comes Potted Panto, a madcap ride through the biggest stories and best-loved characters from the wonderful world of pantomime – from rubbing Aladdin’s lamp to roaming the golden streets of Dick Whittington’s London and making sure that Cinderella gets to the ball. southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

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