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Christmas & panto guide

It's panto season. Oh no it isn't! Oh yes it is! Oh no.... OK, enough! Here's the best of the bunch.

Get into the Christmas spirit with Muddy’s definitive guide to the best family shows in Surrey and beyond. A mixture of classic pantos (both nearby and further afield) with all the trimmings OR some jolly musical alternatives for those who are a bit ‘bah humbug’ about all that ‘he’s behind you’ malarkey.

Peter Pan
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Tues 12 – Sun 31 Dec

Meet Pan’s best friend Tink and the Lost Boys as they help Pan take on his arch enemy Captain Hook! With all those sword fights, it will be all hands on deck for Mr and Mrs Smee as they do their best to keep everything shipshape. A special over 18s show will be on Thurs 14 Dec.


Dick Whittington
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Fri 8 Dec – Sun 7 Jan

Judy Cornwell (she from Keeping Up Appearances and the Santa Claus: The Movie) will take to the stage in Guildford as Fairy Bowbells. She’ll be joined by YAT panto regulars Kit Hesketh-Harvey (as King Rat), Jamie Brook (as Idle Jack) and Eagle Radio’s Peter Gordon as Sarah the Cook. If last year’s show is anything to go by, this promises some good old fashioned family fun.


Alice in Winterland
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Thurs 7 Dec – Sun 7 Jan

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and discover a magical world of wonders in this spectacular new stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s timeless books. Alice has been brought up to believe in wonder, but life takes an unexpected turn when she is sent to live with her stern auntie… until she is visited by a White Rabbit who propels her on a quest to save Winterland.


Jack and his Giant Stalk ** The Adult Panto **
■The Back Room of The Star Inn ■ Tues 28 Nov – Sun 31 Dec

Who says panto is for the kids? This panto is full of rudeness and staged in a pub, so best leave the kids at home. In fact, you’ll have to – it’s for over 18s only. Expect a bit of naughtiness and lots of laughs. Not for prudish types.


Robin Hood
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Sat 9 Dec – Sun 7 Jan

Shane Richie swaps Albert Square for the Sherwood Forest, starring as the most heroic outlaw of them all. As Robin Hood, he strives to win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marion while he and his trusty band of Merry Men outwit the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. The show is packed full of comedy, action, adventure and plenty of glitz and glamour!


Sleeping Beauty
■ Dorking Halls ■ Sat 16 – Thurs 28 Dec

Emmerdale’s Emma Oaten takes to the stage as the wicked fairy alongside X-Factor’s Christopher Maloney as the Prince for Dorking Hall’s version of Sleeping Beauty. It’s packed with sensational songs, dazzling dance routines, spectacular sets and fabulous costumes.


Peter Pan
■ Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Fri 8 – Sun 31 Dec

Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, Pantomime 2017 - The cast of Peter Pan at the Theatre.<br /> Picture Shows:<br /> L/r Abigail Welford, Simon Bashford, David Myers, Neil Wheatley and Chrissy Kett.

Hoist the mainsail! Ship loads of panto-style nautical naughtiness sets sail as we hook up with the boy who never grew up Peter Pan. Dave Myers, one half of The Hairy Bikers duo, stars as the ultimate baddie, Captain Hook.


Jack and the Beanstalk
■ Waddon Theatre, Waddon Leisure Centre, Croydon ■ Thurs 7 – Sun 31 Dec

Set in the magical land of ‘Croydinia’ where song, dance, and silliness are the order of the day as we follow Jack, his mum Dame Trott, and their treasured cow Daisy, as they fall about laughing, fall over and get truly covered in foam and gunge!


■ Epsom Playhouse ■ Fri 15 Dec – Sun 7 Jan

Join Cinderella on a pumpkin coach ride through pantoland in Epsom. All your panto faves will be there: Cinders’ ugly step-sisters and wicked step-mum, her best friend Buttons, and of course the fairy god mother.


Dick Whittington
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Thurs 14 – Sat 16 Dec

Packed with songs, slapstick, silliness, special effects, audience participation and all the fairytale magic of traditional pantomime, this production of Dick Whittington sees our hapless hero go on an adventure to London, where the streets are paved with gold.


Jack and the Beanstalk
■ The Leatherhead Theatre ■ Wed 20 – Sat 30 Dec

Jack Trott and his glamorous mumsy Dame Trott haven’t got a single bean between them except of course for Daisy The Cow! But when Daisy stops giving milk, Dame Trott comes up with a plan to help pay the rent to Gobblegore who rules the Kingdom on behalf of the big bad Giant! Expect puppets, magic and all the traditional panto shenanigans.


Santa Claus and the Magical Christmas Journey
■ G Live, Guildford ■  Fri 8 – Sun 24 Dec

It’s Christmas Eve, and Santa Claus is flying high above the clouds delivering presents to all the very good boys and girls around the world. Hiding in the back are two naughty elves Charlie and Kara who have snuck on-board for the ride! And as an added treat, all of the good boys and girls in the audience will meet Santa after the show and receive a special present of their own.


■ Richmond Theatre ■ Sat 9 Dec – Sun 14 Jan

Follow Aladdin, his hapless brother, and of course his mother Widow Twankey, on a spectacular adventure featuring a beautiful love story, flying carpets, a wish-granting genie, an evil sorcerer and a lamp packed full of spectacular family entertainment. Starring panto-legend Christopher Biggins, TV and radio’s Count Arthur Strong, Aïda and West End star Issy Van Randwyck and comedian Rikki Jay.


Dick Whittington
■ London Palladium ■ Sun 10 Dec – Fri 12 Jan

Filed under ‘go big or go home’, we have London Palladium’s offering, starring Julian Clary and Elaine Paige. Oh yeah! And you thought Su Pollard was camp. Fans of ’80s cheesiness will be thrilled to hear that Gary Wilmot co-stars alongside Nigel ‘The Charmer’ Havers.


Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella
■ Sadler’s Wells, London ■ Sat 9 Dec – Sat 27 Jan

Matthew Bourne’s productions are always stunning and this is no exception. He transposes the story of Cinderella to London during the Blitz, rebooting it as a wartime romance between our heroine and an RAF pilot. The reviews have been of the rave variety, with Lez Brotherston’s sumptuous costumes and sets winning Olivier Award.


Cinderella on Ice
■ Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London ■  Fri 17 Nov – Mon 1 Jan

No rest for Cinders! Here she is again, this time donning ice-skates, as one of Hyde Park Winter Wonderland’s new attractions. In this show, her slinky blade moves attract the amorous attentions of the Lord Mayor’s son, much to her step-sisters’ annoyance. There’s loads of whizzy lifts, jumps and throws, plus wowzers special effects.






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